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In 1989, Newcastle was hit by Australia’s deadliest earthquake, but high-rise development in the city’s CBD has continued nonetheless. Australia needs a consistent planning code for earthquake risk.
Many Victorians claim their cat or dog was acting strangely before yesterday’s earthquake. And while there’s no real evidence animals can predict a quake, they may be more sensitive to very tiny ones.
A building in Melbourne damaged by the earthquake.
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When will the next earthquake come? We don’t know, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get our cities ready.
If building regulations required cheap fixes such as ensuring chimneys and parapets were structurally attached to the building, we could save lives during earthquakes.
A largely hidden fault beneath the Victorian Alps has triggered a magnitude 5.8 quake that was felt as far afield as Sydney, Adelaide and Launceston. Here’s what we know so far.
The geological record tells us we have had earthquakes in Australia’s deeper past much larger — possibly up to and bigger than magnitude 7.0.
Cities in Eastern Canada, like Montréal, are at risk of damage from earthquakes.
Some of the worst risks of earthquakes are in a zone running from the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence River that includes major cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Québec City.
Search and rescue workers hunting for victims in Les Cayes, Haiti, on August 17, 2021, after an earthquake shook the country.
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A seismic network was put in place after the 2010 quake but, despite recording two ‘strong motions’ before August 14, no alerts went out.
Aid agencies have months of work ahead dealing with the aftermath of the latest Haitian earthquake.
Aid workers are struggling to help Haitians with the latest devastating earthquake. A professor of disaster reduction assesses lessons learnt from the last one in 2010.
Natural disasters are not uncommon in Haiti; neither is political instability.
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Devastating quake came weeks after the assassination of Haiti’s president. A scholar of disaster preparedness explains the concept of ‘cascading crises’ and how other countries can help stabilize Haiti.
Drones are increasingly being used in disaster management.
A new study highlights disparities and proposes research priorities for advancing the use of small aerial drones in disaster management.
Three weeks after the 9.0 magnitude quakre and subsequent tsunami struck Japan.
Japan has a long experience of hazards and disasters. Yet it does not seem like all lessons have been applied when it comes to COVID.
Men cross the front of the still smoking lava rocks from an eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo on May 23, 2021 in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Nyiragongo is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of its fast-moving lava. It can flow at a speed of about 100km per hour.
New Zealand’s Alpine Fault has ruptured in a major earthquake on average every 250 years. New research shows a 75% chance of the next one within 50 years, and it’s likely to be magnitude 8 or more.
The aftermath of Fukushima.
The fault line that ruptured causing the Fukushima disaster hadn’t done so for over 1,000 years.
An International Atomic Energy Agency investigator examines Reactor Unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant, May 27, 2011.
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On the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, two experts explain why human choices are more important to nuclear safety than technology, and why the job is far from finished.
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Three major earthquakes, including one magnitude 8.1 shake, ruptured along the Tonga Kermadec subduction zone, the longest such system on Earth.
The Reykjanes Peninsula.
The last time south-west Iceland experienced a turbulent period of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions was in the 1300s.
When sea sediment melts inside the Earth, it helps tectonic plates slide over one another smoothly.
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Aftershocks of a major earthquake can continue for years or even decades.