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Residents look at the damaged hotel ‘Ane Centro’ after a 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Matias Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico. Angel Hernandez/AAP

Explainer: after an earthquake, how does a tsunami happen?

A 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Mexico on 8 September 2017. Fortunately, initial fears of a damaging tsunami hitting the coastline now appear unfounded.
The sun rises behind the remains of a New Jersey roller coaster destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. AP Photo/Mel Evans

New data set explores 90 years of natural disasters in the US

As the rich move away from disaster-prone areas, the poor may be left behind.
The Fukushima Daini plant, 11km from the ill-fated Daiichi station, suffered a technical problem in one of its spent fuel cooling ponds. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama

Is Fukushima still safe after the latest earthquake?

The latest earthquake off Japan's east coast was an ominous reminder of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. But despite a technical hitch at one of Fukushima's other reactors, there was no repeat this time.
Houses are destroyed by tsunami floods following the magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011. Reuters/EPA

Explainer: how to prepare for a tsunami

We can't predict or prevent tsunamis you can improve your chances of staying safe by understanding the risk, being prepared and acting quickly when disaster strikes.
Overfishing can teach us valuable lessons about ecosystem resilience. Andreas Altenberger/Shutterstock.com

Humans are experimenting with the planet, so let’s make sure we learn along the way

Large-scale natural experiments such as oil spills, tsunamis and climate change are things you wouldn't want to do on purpose. But that doesn't mean they're not scientifically useful experiments too.
A satellite image of the 2004 boxing day tsunami striking the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Could a similar tsunami hit Australia? AAP

Making waves: the tsunami risk in Australia

Australia is surrounded by ocean, so is not immune to the effects of tsunamis. But how significant is the risk?
Five years ago: an aerial view of Minato, Japan, after the earthquake and tsunami. Lance Cpl. Ethan Johnson/U.S. Marine Corps

A new way to detect tsunamis: cargo ships

Reliably predicting whether a tsunami is large enough to require evacuations requires many more observations from the deep ocean than we now have.

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