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Earthquake Physically Moved City

From the news sources at MSNBC:

PASADENA, Calif. - The strong Easter earthquake physically moved the border city of Calexico.

NASA data released Wednesday revealed the magnitude-7.2 quake shifted the Calexico region up to 2 1/2 feet in a southerly direction.

The quake, centered in Baja California, caused $100 million in damage to California, primarily in Calexico.

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Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

Science Daily Headlines reports on research by Oregon State University marine geologist Chris Goldfinger showing that earthquakes of magnitude 8.2 (or higher) have occurred 41 times during the past 10,000 years in the Pacific Northwest. By his extrapolation, there is a 37% chance of another major earthquake in the area in the next 50 years that could exceed the power of recent seismic

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So Many Earthquakes! The End Is Nigh!

Michael Reilly from DiscoveryNews writes about the unusually high number of earthquakes this year:


After the magnitude 6.9 earthquake in China early Wednesday morning, things are starting to look a little bleak on this planet of ours. This year is only three and a half months old, and yet there have been devastating earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and China.

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Can toads predict earthquakes?

Using animals as a possible early warning for earthquakes is nothing new: Chinese researchers began a systematic study of unusual animal behavior and in December 1974 predicted a major earthquake that did, in fact, occur in February 1975.  Skeptics, however, are quick to debunk nearly all such observations. For the 1975 prediction, it was pointed out that most of the information came from a series of strong foreshocks.

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Nepal: The Big One?

Jason Overdorf from GlobalPost recently wrote that a catastrophic earthquake in Nepal could unleash devastation surpassing that of Haiti or Chile.

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When disaster specialist Amod Dixit looks out his window in Kathmandu, he sees collapsed bridges, demolished hospitals, schools reduced to rubble and dusty corpses lying in the street, the nightmare of Port-au-Prince revisited on his Himalayan home.

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How the Chile Earthquake Went Nuclear

Michael Reilly at Discovery News posted an interesting article titled "How the Chile Earthquake Went Nuclear".  He writes:

If you want to grow a truly massive earthquake, you've got to give it space.


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