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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.
Local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by the earthquake, along State Highway One near Ward on New Zealand’s South Island. ReutersAnthony Phelps

What happened in New Zealand’s magnitude 7.5 earthquake

Early analysis of the New Zealand earthquake shows it may be a complex event, involving several faults on the South Island.
A rockfall following the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand in 2011. Reuters/Tim Wimborne

Humans can make rockfalls from earthquakes more dangerous

A new study of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake shows boulders from rockfalls fell much further than in earlier quakes that happened before humans arrived and changed the landscape.
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.
Amatrice in central Italy was among the areas hit by a 6.2 earthquake that killed at least 252 people. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Can we get better at predicting earthquakes?

There are already early warning systems for earthquakes, but advances in seismology provide hope that experts will be able to predict when new ones will occur.
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?

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