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Rose out of thin water. Rose out of thin water. Sana Baloch

Devastating earthquake in Pakistan creates a new island

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit south-central Pakistan on Tuesday this week. Reports of hundreds of casualties highlight the awful scale of the tragedy, made more difficult for rescuers by the remote location…
This proposed redevelopment of the Avon River is one of many initiatives designed to revive Christchurch’s tourism industry. This proposed redevelopment of the Avon River is one of many initiatives designed to revive Christchurch’s tourism industry. AAP

Small steps towards recovery for Christchurch tourism

Last Friday marked two years since the earthquake which devastated the Christchurch CBD, and caused the death of over 180 people. The quake destroyed or severely damaged thousands of homes and businesses…
The earthquake at l'Aquila was a tragedy, but blaming experts and governments doesn’t help. The earthquake at l'Aquila was a tragedy, but blaming experts and governments doesn’t help. EPA/Grillo

Blame game the enemy of good policy when disaster strikes

The decision of an Italian Court to convict six scientists and one government official of manslaughter for the failure to predict the magnitude of a devastating earthquake in L’Aquila in central Italy…
An Italian court has found scientists directly responsible for 29 of the 309 deaths from the 2009 earthquake. An Italian court has found scientists directly responsible for 29 of the 309 deaths from the 2009 earthquake. EPA/Roberto Grillo

Scientists found guilty for L'Aquila earthquake deaths … but why?

Six Italian scientists and one governmental official were found guilty of manslaughter on Monday for underestimating the risk of a deadly 2009 earthquake. The quake struck the medieval Italian town of…
The 1989 Newcastle earthquake is the most devastating in Australia’s history … and it wasn’t much stronger than last night’s. The 1989 Newcastle earthquake is the most devastating in Australia’s history … and it wasn’t much stronger than last night’s. University of Newcastle

The Victorian earthquake didn’t do much damage … but the next one might

Just before 9pm last night (AEST) a magnitude-5.4 earthquake (initially measured as magnitude-5.3) rocked Victoria. The quake did minimal damage to property and no injuries have been reported, but it reminded…
Theories suggesting lunar influence on earthquakes have serious cracks. Theories suggesting lunar influence on earthquakes have serious cracks. penguinbush

Lunar eclipse prompts lunatic quips but is not going to rock your world

With a total lunar eclipse set to occur just before sunrise (AEST) on Thursday, we can expect to see certain views regurgitated about our moon. Our satellite has been the focus of speculation and folklore…
Japanese yakuza gangsters have made significant donations to tsunami relief efforts. Japanese yakuza gangsters have made significant donations to tsunami relief efforts. AAP

An offer you can’t refuse: the difficult distinction between gifts and bribes

Should we bother to ask whether some gifts and donations could be interpreted as thinly veiled bribes, or is the distinction always clear? A recent example of the potential ambiguity of gift-giving was…

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