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The Messina Earthquake of 1908 - Earthquakes have been recorded throughout history for thousands of years. Even before seismographs in early times, there are records and accounts of mysterious ground shaking. Earthquakes occur when rocks break along an underground fault (UPSeis, 2007). This, in return, causes vibrations through the earth which causes ground shaking. The magnitude of the shaking varies depending on how great the movement along the fault is; the greater the movement, the bigger the earthquake. Some earthquakes are huge and cause significant damage, while others are small and cause little or no damage what-so-ever....   [tags: Earthquakes]
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The Kathmandu Valley and the Constant Terror of Earthquakes - The Kathmandu Valley and the Constant Terror of Earthquakes One important climatic feature that plagues the South Asian region of the Kathmandu Valley is earthquakes. A few severe earthquakes have taken place in the country's history and caused many deaths and nearly irreparable damage to impoverished Nepal. The residents of the Kathmandu Valley experience small tremors nearly every day, whether they can feel them or not. The world and the nation is waiting for the 'next big one' to terrorize the small country....   [tags: Essay on Nepal Earthquakes]
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Major Earthquakes are Inevitable in Indiana’s Future - Major Earthquakes are Inevitable in Indiana’s Future An earthquake felt throughout the Midwest on June 18 was a shaky reminder that earthquakes can occur anywhere. The earthquake, whose epicenter was located north of Evansville, was felt through most of Indiana and surrounding states, as reported by the Indianapolis Star. The quake was not the largest in Midwestern history, only registering a 5.0 on the Richter scale, nor did it do much damage. However, it was a wake-up call reminding those who haven’t paid attention to past warnings about the possibility of larger, more destructive earthquakes....   [tags: Earthquakes Geology Essays] 1293 words
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On Earthquakes - On Earthquakes An earthquake is a shaking or trembling of the crust of the earth caused by underground volcanic action or by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the surface. The volcanic action and shifting rocks create strain which continues to build to a sudden release of pressure resulting in a shock wave. The vibrations produced in the crust can vary from barely noticeable to enormously destructive. Shock waves can be classified into two broad categories. Waves that send particles oscillating back and forth in the same direction as the waves are traveling are called primary....   [tags: Papers] 1681 words
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Earthquakes and Architectures - There were several topics to choose for this essay, but architectural earthquake-resistant design was best fitted for my Gaming/Animation degree for a few reasons. The first reason is I have had the privilege to take several art history classes that focused on architecture throughout the world. Secondly, I am learning how to use 3d modeling programs such as, Maya and Cinema 4d. To become successful with those programs, I have to learn about the interior as well as the exterior to make the models look real....   [tags: Architecture]
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The Rise of Earthquakes in Oklahoma - ... They have been conduction experiments along with gathering information of past earthquakes and comparing them to present earthquakes to find out if in fact they correspond. In 2011 Oklahoma received it largest earthquake on record. This quake measured to be a 5.6 and is believed researchers to be caused by hydraulic fracturing. This earthquake was so large it damaged 14 houses, injuring two people and could be felt in 14 different states. Researches speculate the causation of the quake to be from fracking because of recent oil activity in Prague Oklahoma....   [tags: potential damages, tornatoes]
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Earthquakes - We have to know what earthquakes are in order for us to be prepared against them. Earthquakes are tremors that move the earth. They can create a lot of damage. Earthquakes have happened around the world. What causes earthquakes to happen. How do we protect ourselves against the powerful earthquakes. Earthquakes can cause a lot of damage to homes and places so it is important to know where it has happened. Also what causes them and how do we protect ourselves against earthquakes. To begin with earthquakes can happen around the world....   [tags: Natural Disasters] 518 words
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Earthquakes: Shake, Rattle, & Roll - Natural disasters affect millions of people globally every day. Earthquakes are one of the most powerful natural disasters that inflict damage on our environment and in turn cost trillions of dollars every year. To respect the power of earthquakes we must first understand their cause, how they differ from biological energy, where they happen, the types of damage they cause, how we can predict them, and how we can safeguard ourselves against them. Living in known seismic zones is dangerous and can result in large financial and life losses....   [tags: Natural Disaster]
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Earthquakes Hazards And Disaster - Earthquakes belong to the class of most disastrous natural hazards. They result in unexpected and tremendous earth movements. These movements results from dissemination of an enormous amount of intense energy in form of seismic waves which are detected by use of seismograms. The impact of earthquakes leaves behind several landmarks including: destruction of property, extensive disruption of services like sewer and water lines, loss of life, and causes instability in both economic and social components of the affected nation (Webcache 2)....   [tags: Natural Disaster]
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Earthquakes: Application of Mathematics - Earthquakes: An Application of Mathematics The October 13, 2010 earthquake triggered a large buzz across Oklahoma University’s Norman campus, startling students walking to class or sitting in the middle of calculus. This magnitude 4.3 earthquake was 10 miles southeast of Norman and was felt as far north as Stillwater. To many students, the few seconds of shaking was unrecognizable as an earthquake because Oklahoma’s seismicity is not well known. In reality, Oklahoma experiences multiple earthquakes, almost daily; they are usually just not strong enough to be felt....   [tags: Geology]
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Earthquakes the Destructive Natural Phenomena - Earthquakes the Destructive Natural Phenomena An earthquake, one of the most destructive natural phenomena, consists of rapid vibrations of rock near the surface of the earth. It is the most terrifying of all natural phenomena and has brought fear since ancient times because of its sudden unpredictable occurrence and enormous capacity of destruction. A single shock usually last no more than a few seconds, although several quakes may last for as much as a couple of minutes. The quake as felt on the surface is always the result never the cause of some geologic process although the damage done may be immense....   [tags: Papers] 663 words
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EarthQuakes - Earthquakes Earthquakes, one of the most destructive natural phenomena, consist of rapid vibrations of rock near the earth's surface. Because of their unpredictable occurrence and enormous capacity of destruction, they have brought fear to mankind since ancient times. A single shock usually lasts no more than a few seconds, but a series of smaller quakes may last for as long as five minutes. The quake felt on the surface is always the result, not the cause of some underground geologic process, and in many cases the damage done is immense....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Earthquakes - I chose to research earthquakes and the prediction of earthquakes because I was curious as to how they work. In this paper, I will discus the history of earthquakes, the kinds and locations of earthquakes, earthquake effects, intensity scales, prediction, and my own predictions. An earthquake can be defined as vibrations produced in the earth's crust. Tectonic plates have friction between them which builds up as it tries to push away and suddenly ruptures and then rebounds. The vibrations can range from barely noticeable to a disastrous, and destructive act of nature....   [tags: essays research papers] 2186 words
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Indonesia an Island Nation, No Stranger to Disastrous Earthquakes - The country of Indonesia has been the heart of many natural disasters, primarily due to the geographic proximity to large bodies of water. Tsunamis and typhoons are frequent, as well as, small-scale to large-scale mega thrust earthquakes which results from several extremely active subduction zones. Several active subduction zones are found there, the Indian-Australian plate moving beneath the Eurasian plate, moving at a rate of about 50-70 mm per year as well as, the Pacific plate moving beneath the Eurasian plate, moving at a rate of about 100- 110 mm per year....   [tags: Tsunamis and typhoons, java]
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Earthquakes - Earthquakes Earthquakes occur almost everyday all over the world. Most of the time earthquakes are not strong enough to be felt by people, but the shaking caused by an earthquake can be recorded by a seismometer. These machines are located all over the world to ensure detection of earthquakes of all strengths. Only occasionally will a larger magnitude earthquake strike and cause damage to the region. There are many faults around the world and depending on where these faults are plays a major factor in determining where an earthquake will occur....   [tags: essays research papers] 1338 words
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Earthquakes - Earthquakes Throughout history, man has made many advancements. These advancements have been made to make life easier. The one thing man can't do is to control Mother Nature. Mother Nature can cause many things such as earthquakes. The causes of earthquakes have been theorized in many ways. According to the book Predicting Earthquakes by Gregory Vogt, the Greeks, "blamed the earthquakes on Poseidon, god of the sea"(25). The Hindu believed that "the earth was a platform that rested on the back of eight great elephants....   [tags: Natural Science]
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Earthquakes - EARTHQUAKES Objective: To define and discuss earthquakes and its effects. Earthquakes are a major catastrophe and can be a big threat to human lives. To understand earthquakes you must have a clear definition, know its mechanisms, be able to recognize the size and dynamics and understand its effects: I. Definition of Earthquake a. Earthquake b. Tsunamis c. Landslides d. Volcanoes II. Mechanism a. Faults b. Seismic Waves c. Aftershocks III. Size a. Strength b. Classification of Seismic Waves 1....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Bay Area and Earthquakes - The Bay Area and Earthquakes What have they learned since the quake quite allot. The fault moved in a fashion that geologists of the time did not expect: it moved horizontally, the southwestern side slipping to the northwest, relative to the southeastern side. "The 1906 earthquake marked the dawn of modern scientific study of the San Andreas fault system." (USGS) When the 1906 earthquake struck scientist set forth to make observations on effects of the quake. The final report published in 1908 (commonly known as the Lawson Report) was a compilation on detailed reports....   [tags: Papers] 340 words
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Earthquakes - What is an Earthquake. An Earthquake is the shaking of the earth's surface caused by rapid movement of the earth's rocky outer layer. The sudden shaking of the ground that occurs when masses of rock change position below the Earth's surface is called an earthquake. The shifting masses send out shock waves that may be powerful enough to alter the surface of the Earth, thrusting up cliffs and opening great cracks in the ground. Earthquakes, called temblors by scientists, occur almost continuously....   [tags: essays research papers] 648 words
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Earthquakes - Earthquakes are one of the most damaging natural disasters known to man. They have been known to destroy entire cities in their total time of 2 to 3 minutes. Most people do not know that earthquakes are common through out the entire world; they are just more powerful in places such as California and small countries in South America. The definition of earthquake is “ a series of vibrations induced in the earth's crust by the abrupt rupture and rebound of rocks in which elastic strain has been slowly accumulating” according to Infoseek.com.....   [tags: essays research papers] 377 words
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Geographic Hazards of Earthquakes - Geographic Hazards of Earthquakes Many geographic and environmental hazards constantly affect and alter the world in which we live. One of the most unpredictable natural disasters to occur is an earthquake. According to Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, an earthquake is "a shaking or trembling of the earth that is volcanic or tectonic in origin." However, the physical causes, economic and social effects, and costs go far beyond just that dictionary definition. A phenomenon known as tectonic forces is generally what causes an earthquake....   [tags: Papers] 399 words
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Comparing Two Earthquakes - Comparing Two Earthquakes In 1989 an earthquake hit San Francisco, on the west coast of USA, killing around 200 people. Twelve years later an earthquake hit Gujarat, in India. This time it killed approximately 30,000 people. In this report I will be comparing the two earthquakes, giving reasons why the Gujarat earthquake was so much more deadly than the one in San Francisco. An earthquake is a movement or tremor in the earths crust. Earthquakes happen all the time, but some are so weak that they cannot be felt....   [tags: Papers] 653 words
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Earthquake Engineering - Earthquake Engineering Earthquakes are vibrations felt at the surface of the earth which are caused by disturbances of the energy in the earth's interior. These vibrations are known as seismic waves. (Skinner Robinson McVerry 1) There are different type sof seisimc waves such as Primary (P) waves, whcih travel the fastest, Secondary (S) waves which cause the earth to vibrate vertically, Surface (L) waves. P and S waves are "affected by changes in the density and the rigidity of the materials through which they pass." (Columbia Encyclopedia) Earthquakes vary in their intensity and duration....   [tags: Earthquakes Earth Geology Essays]
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Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes: Fukushima - Nuclear Chemistry Project - Fukushima There are too few precautions that are taken when considering Nuclear Power plants and the dangers involved. People trust the regulations too easily. Some systems fail; there needs to be more safety features and backup systems/plans that are checked more regularly. Nuclear power is made by a nucleus absorbing a neutron. It then splits into nuclei that are lighter than the original nucleus. This process emits large amounts of energy in the form of heat. Fuel rods are long slender rods of zirconium that provides the reactor with fuel....   [tags: nuclear power, Tsunami, Japan]
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The Earth's Natural Disasters - ... When a tornado is present, one should immediately go to a basement or an inner room that contains no windows. An underground room is always safest, however if none are available, going to the lowest and most stable room is always the best substitute. In one is outside while a tornado is approaching, it is best for them to get to the nearest car, shelter, or stable room immediately. These are all important cautions to take when tornadoes strike and if followed appropriately, could save lives....   [tags: tornatoes, tsunamis, earthquakes]
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Causes of Natural Hazards - Hazards are possible sources of danger. Types of hazards are those such as hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A cause is what makes something happen and is a reason for it happening. The two types of hazards I will be outlining the causes for are hurricanes and earthquakes. A hurricane and tropical storms are cyclones. When the winds reach a constant speed of 74 miles per hour or more, it is called a hurricane. A hurricane is caused when a large mass of air is warmed up and the warm humid air begins to rise....   [tags: hurricanes and earthquakes] 1071 words
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Haiti Earthquake of 2010 - ... The earthquake and ensuing tsunami of the Haiti Earthquake of 2010 greatly impacted society. The impact of the Haiti Earthquake of 2010 was catastrophic. “According to official estimates, 316,000 people killed, 300,000 injured, 1.3 million displaced, 97,294 houses destroyed and 188,383 damaged in the Port-au-Prince area…” (U.S. Geological Survey, 2014). The earthquake tore cities apart, especially Port-au-Prince. Haiti was tremendously impacted because of its poor infrastructure. The poor infrastructure is due to Haiti being one of the poorest, if not the poorest, country in the Western Hemisphere....   [tags: destructive earthquake, tectonic plate]
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2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake - ... Japan is where there are lots of earthquakes but their buildings don’t collapse. Japanese pagodas are five stories. The pagodas are held up by a central pillar acting as the support. During earthquake’s, each floor balances independently without transmitting force to other floors. There are other ways to improve buildings to reduce the impact of earthquakes. In some Japanese buildings, there’s a base isolation built. The “Base Isolation” is a system that is made of steel disks. These steel disks are made of soft materials to soften the transmission of seismic movement from the ground to the building and reduce the effect caused by the earthquake such as the ground shaking....   [tags: earthquake, indian ocean, convection current]
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Guatemala Earthquake of 1976 - ... These weather trends can be seen in the figures below. As an aside, an interesting point to mention is that there was a climate shift that had occurred in 1976. Recall that Guatemala borders the Pacific Ocean. It was reported that the “Great Pacific Climate Shift” occurred at the start of 1976, and is a widely renowned event in history. The root of the climate shift is unclear, however the changes are very evident. There was a massive decrease in deep water upwelling, and this had a significant role in changing water temperatures (Mclean, 2007)....   [tags: Guatemala Earthquake Report]
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Exploring Why LEDC's Suffer Greater Damage From Earthquakes Than MEDC's - Exploring Why LEDC's Suffer Greater Damage From Earthquakes Than MEDC's A MEDC is a more economically developed country; therefore it can afford to spend money on improving the countries stability and helping to decrease the damage from an earthquake. An example of a MEDC is Kobe, in Tokyo, where in January 1995; an earthquake that measured 7.5 on the Richter scale hit the city. A LEDC is a less economically developed country and therefore cannot afford to spend money to protect the country from earthquakes....   [tags: Papers] 1143 words
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Odontologist Forensic as an Aid for Main Disaster - ... Another example where a forensically trained odontologist help is fundamental is when there is a severe trauma and the physical features are often destroyed. Due to the extremely calcified structure the teeth has which is able to endure in presence of fire along with a great majority of damage. Commonly, restorations are also resistant to heat, except when directly exposed to flame (Avon 2004). The importance of the forensic dentistry integrating a dead body identification team is frequent reinforced by various studies....   [tags: earthquakes, floods, accidents, dna]
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Natural Disaster - Debris is scattered for miles, houses are destroyed, trees are bent, and vehicles have been thrown. This would be an aftermath of a natural disaster. Natural disasters come in many forms such as earthquakes, tornados, floods, blizzards, fires, and volcanic eruptions, just to name a few. Every type of disaster is not subjected to one specific area. This means that people in certain areas only have to prepare for those disasters that are likely to occur in their region. Throughout the world, natural hazards are a frequent occurrence....   [tags: Earthquakes, Tornados, Flood] 818 words
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Japanese Earthquake Aftermath - Introduction Words simply cannot appropriately depict the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Japan is a developed country with the third largest economy in the world, behind the United States and China. The northeast border of Japan encountered an overwhelming natural disaster in the form of an earthquake that also created a massive tsunami and many strong aftershocks, which has affected Japan domestically and internationally. The aftershocks continually delayed recovery and have increased difficulty for search and rescue teams combing the disaster area for the deceased and wounded....   [tags: Japanese Earthquake]
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Earthquake in Japan - The death toll climbs to over 10,000 and is still rising (Branigan 2). The disaster in Japan began without warning on Friday March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in the country (Fackler 3). A massive thirty-three foot high tsunami, generated by the earthquake, swept over lands in northern Japan, taking objects and debris with it. To make matters worse, the tsunami caused the cooling systems at several nuclear power plants to fail. The disaster in Japan was a tragic event, and it had a plethora of causes and effects....   [tags: Natural Disasters, Tsunami] 726 words
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How Solar Flares Affect Life and Resources on Earth - Solar flares, huge explosions of gasses, gamma rays and ultra-violet rays. These massive flares that come from the solar atmosphere are what I will be analyzing and teaching you about in this essay. Solar flares have had a profound effect on life and resources on earth throughout the history of our planet. Nowadays we are aware of the causes of solar flares and the damage that solar flares are capable of. Throughout this essay we will look into what solar flares are and how solar flares affect life and recourses on Earth....   [tags: Gas Explosions, Natural Disasters, Earthquakes]
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Earthquake Waves and Epicenter Location - ... 24,671 wooden buildings were lost, 3,168 brick buildings were lost for a total of 28,188 of buildings lost. Money was also lost. Estimated property damage was $400 million in 1906 dollars from damage of buildings and fires, $80 million from the earthquake alone (Casualties and Damage). In the article “Earthquake Kills Thousands in Morocco” (On This Day), the author tells about the February 29, 1960, 5.7 earthquake that struck Agadir, Morocco. The 15-second event killed thousands and leveled parts of the city....   [tags: reverse fault,tectonic plates,seismic waves]
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Understanding and Preparation of Earthquake - Understanding and Preparation of Earthquake An earthquake is a sudden movement of the Earth's lithosphere (its crust and upper mantle) by the release of build-up energy “in the form of low – frequency sound waves (seismic waves)” along geological faults or by volcanic activity. There are three types of the seismic wave: “primary (P) waves have a push – pull type of vibration, secondary (S) waves have a slide – to – slide types of vibration, and combination of primary (P) and secondary (S) of vibrations (HarperCollins Publishers, 2003)....   [tags: Natural Disaster ] 990 words
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Earthquake's Impact on the People of Haiti - ... This highlights Haiti’s lack of self-sufficiency as a country. Haiti has become extremely reliant on other countries for it to barely scrape by. In response to the horrific earthquake, the world rallied together and pledged over $4.5 billion in aid to help alleviate Haiti’s troubles. Of the pledged aid, $2.3 billion has already been disbursed (Washington Post). Yet, years after the incident, the country is still struggling to recover. The money is crucial for restoration, but it does not create opportunities for the people....   [tags: natural disaster, caribbean, cholera, haitians]
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The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 - The Lisbon earthquake of 1755 was not only damaging in its physical damage that was done to the lands; but also damaging in the sense that it caused a plethora philosophical and religious debates that shook, although eventually shaped European Enlightenment. In spite of this disaster; however, there were several new philosophical and scientific developments that are rooted in this earthquake. Nicholas Shrady gives an account of this disaster along with great detail of the aftermath and the process of rebuilding the city, and Western civilization as a whole....   [tags: Rebuilding, Controversy, Religion] 1540 words
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Effects of the Great Kanto Earthquake in Japanese History - The Great Kanto Earthquake also known as the Tokyo-Yokohama Earthquake of 1923 hit the metropolitan area of Kanto on September 1st, 1923 around 11:58 pm. It was a 7.9 on the Richter magnitude scale, killing over one-hundred and forty thousand people due to its high magnitude and the time it happened. The earthquake struck around lunch time, when many Japanese people were at home cooking at their charcoal or gas fueled stoves. At the moment the earthquake hit, it knocked down buildings that caught flames from the stoves that fell over, enflaming the city....   [tags: Tokyo-Yokohama Earthquake, Kanto]
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The Northridge California Earthquake - ... TVs, shelves and chandeliers tumbled in a cascade of debris. Homes and businesses were splintered from Fillmore to Santa Monica and beyond. The shaking ground was felt from Las Vegas to San Diego” (Bartholomew, 2014). In that ten seconds sixty people lost their lives with over seven thousand injured. Beyond the human toll, various apartment buildings, single family homes, businesses, parking structures and freeway overpasses all collapsed. Fires burned out of control. The core infrastructure services of power, water and light all failed....   [tags: hazards, risks, fault lines]
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The Physics Of An Earthquake - Earthquakes are vibrations produced in the earth's outer layer, or crust, when forces pushing on a mass of rock overcome the friction holding the rock in place and blocks of rock slip against each other. The vibrations can range from barely noticeable to verry destructive. There are six types of shock waves. Two are classified as body waves which means they travel through the earth's interior and the other four are surface waves. The waves are changed by the rock types or formations they hit. Primary or compressional waves (P waves) send particles moveing back and forth in the same direction as the waves are traveling, secondary or transverse shear waves (S waves) send vibrations perpendicu...   [tags: essays research papers] 850 words
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Comparing Television and Internet News Coverage of the Haiti Earthquake - Screaming, praying, and crying for help, the people of Haiti were in a state of panic on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010 at 4:53 P.M. An earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.0, left the Haitians homeless, desolate, and in prayer. The story was everywhere; from news channels to local newspapers, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy my hunger for knowledge. This impulsive interest made me want to know more about this catastrophe; thus, I went on the internet to the New York Times website. The internet informed me with more than what I wanted to know....   [tags: media, haiti earthquake, news] 673 words
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Earthquake in Haiti: Now who is next? - After calming the lives of 150,000 people, and making more than 1,200,000 people homeless, A big question is being created in the mind of people and earthquake experts; who is the next. Now, after Haiti, Geophysics’ are more concerned about Nepal and its future possible earthquake strike because of its geographical make up. Nepal lies just above the border between two huge plates that have moved together over millions of years to form the Himalayas. Nepal lies in just above the seismic zone and tectonic plate which is one of those countries where the earthquakes are frequent and sometimes very devastating....   [tags: Natural Disasters]
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Earthquake Resistance Techniques - Earthquake Resistance Techniques Introduction “Earthquakes don’t have the ability to kill or cause harm, however buildings do.” This is a famous quote that tries to emphasize on the need for earthquake precautions and measures especially in buildings. Earthquakes, just like other natural calamities, cannot be prevented, though it is possible to minimize their impacts and effects. Like other natural calamities, earthquakes have the ability to cause harm and damage to both life and property. Two basic types of seismic waves are responsible for causing earthquakes (Chang, & Soong, 1992)....   [tags: Seismic Waves, Energy Dissipation Devices]
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Global Warming - Global warming extremists want us to believe that as global temperatures rise, so do chances of complete extinction of entire species. Natural disasters will become more common, whole continents could one day be under water, and death rates could be at an all time high. This may seem like a bad science fiction novel, but in some ways they might actually be right. At the very least global warming can and will effect humans living in nearly every region. From those living on the coast, to those living in the Artic plains no area of our planet is safe from global warming....   [tags: Earth, Drought, Earthquakes]
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2010 Haiti Earthquake - Earthquakes have afflicted the world since its inception. The sudden release of energy from volcanoes or displacing of earth plates can result in disasters of extreme magnitude. These usually naturally occurring phenomenon have been responsible from wiping out entire towns throughout history and until today continue to produce major loss of life and infrastructure. It can take years for a city or country to recover from a major event of this kind and when a third world country is involved, the result is usually exponentially worse than in a developed country....   [tags: health care, infrastructure, Caribbean]
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Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami: Operation Tomodachi - “On March 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm CST Japan was hit with an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude, followed by a tsunami shortly afterward. This earthquake and subsequent tsunami is known today as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The epicenter was located 80 miles east of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, and 231 miles northeast of Tokyo.” This is how most stories of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami are started. This intro is short, professional, to the point, and really speaks to how those who responded during operation Tomodachi carried out their mission....   [tags: fukushima plant, disaster]
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Japan, After the Tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake - Devastation struck Japan on March 11, 2011 when the main island, Honshu, was rocked by the worst earthquake in the country’s history. According the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake, named the Great East Japan Earthquake, was so severe it shifted the earth’s axis by 10 cm and the jolt of the earth’s crust triggered a tsunami of epic proportion. Carrying a wall of water over 10 meters high and massive enough to been seen by the International Space Station, the tsunami claimed more lives than the earthquake itself....   [tags: Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, Hiroshima] 744 words
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Earthquake of 1987 - I. Introduction Earthquakes in California are certainly not a surprise. What is a surprise is their unpredictability and randomness. Geologists say there is roughly a 50 percent chance that a magnitude 8 or more quake will hit the Los Angeles area sometime over the next 30 years. And, over the past twenty years, the Los Angeles area has witnessed several earthquakes, and in particular, two that were quite devastating; the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, and the January 17, 1994, Northridge Earthquake....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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A Comparison and Contrast of Earthquake in Haiti and Chile in 2010 - Introduction There are about 15 tectonic or lithospheric plates on the earth’s surface, which have different size and move relative to one another over the earth’s surface. As a result, the crust around the boundaries of the plates bends or deforms, accumulating strong energy during these processes (Briggs, 2006). When the strain becomes too great to bear by the crust in the future, the crust will snap or slip causing earthquakes. As a type of geophysical hazard, earthquakes are inevitable for mankind living on the Earth, which destroy tremendous buildings, and take human life away....   [tags: environment, disaster]
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Taiwan Earthquake - The 9-21 Earthquake (September 21 1999) - Taiwan Earthquake - The 9-21 Earthquake (September 21 1999) CNN: A special news report-This morning, there was an earthquake registering 7.6 on the Richter scale shaked Taiwan at 1:45am on September 21,1999. The epicenter is a mile under the ground in Nantou near Puli. There are many buildings crushed, and even a twelve floor-high rise building suddenly became a two floor- high rise building (the first to the sixth floors dipped into the underground, and the seventh to the twelfth floors went diagonally down and damaged the road.) As of press time the Disaster Management Center said 2,034 people were confirmed dead....   [tags: essays research papers] 1152 words
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Akin Sirnen & the Turkish Earthquake - Akin Sirnen & the Turkish Earthquake On the 17th of August 1999 in Western Turkey, also known as Kocaeli an earthquake struck at 3am. The destruction happened in poorer areas where experts say that the buildings there had broken building regulations and had been made of beach sand, which is not hard and strong enough to withstand the weight of a block of flats. The epicentre of the earthquake was at a town called Izmit in the densely populated north of Turkey, this was where the earthquake hit Turkey its hardest and caused complete devastation....   [tags: Papers] 635 words
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The Earthquake Scenario in Bangladesh - The Earthquake Scenario in Bangladesh As Bangladesh is located in a tectonically active much of the country including Chittagong, Sylhet, Dhaka, Rangpur, Bogra, Mymenshing, Comilla, Rajshahi are very much vulnerable to major earthquake disaster. Although, some awareness is raised among a limited groups, due to some recent earthquakes in the region, practically the country is far behind the minimum preparedness level to face such a disaster in any of our cities. Significant damaging historical earthquakes have occurred in and around Bangladesh, and damaging moderate-magnitude earthquake occur every few years....   [tags: Natural Disaster Bangladesh] 1296 words
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The Deaths of People in the Kobe Earthquake - The Deaths of People in the Kobe Earthquake As a class we have been asked to investigate "Why did so many people die in the Kobe earthquake?" In this project I will be covering: 1.Where, when and why the earthquake happened and which plates were involved. 2.What the primary and secondary effects were. 3.How well prepared the Japanese people were for the earthquake. 4.How well people coped with the disaster. 5.How the Japanese authorities put thing's right afterwards. To do this I will be using my class work and searching the internet to help find pictures, diagrams and useful resources....   [tags: Papers] 1209 words
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Internal Displacement and Recovery from a Missouri Earthquake - A major earthquake along the New Madrid fault in SE Missouri could result in at least 42,000 Missouri homes being destroyed with another 83,000 or more suffering at least moderate damage. That figure is just for the state of Missouri, which will be competing for resources after the quake with seven other states in the region that will also sustain damage. The culmination of displaced persons for all eight states, at three days after the event, has been predicted to be as high as 7.2 million due to the lack of utilities knocked out by the earthquake on top of the damages of the quake (Elnashai, Jefferson, Fiedrich, Cleveland and Gress, 2009)....   [tags: Disaster Management ]
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earthquake - Earthquakes have plagued our lives for as long as people have inhabited the earth. These dangerous acts of the earth have been the cause of many deaths in the past century. So what can be done about these violent eruptions that take place nearly with out warning. Predicting an earthquake until now has almost been technologically impossible. With improvements in technology, lives have been saved and many more will. All that remains is to research what takes place before, during, and after an earthquake....   [tags: essays research papers] 1206 words
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Earthquake - LEBANON, Oh. - A 7.0 earthquake shook millions awake early Saturday in the tri-state region and derailed an Amtrak train. The quake jolted residents out of their beds and shook buildings as far away as Pittsburgh. Over 90,000 people lost their power, and a highway bridge was cracked in downtown Cincinnati. This 2:46 A.M. earthquake was more than the ordinary and caused a little more than incidental damage. “Did you ever play a pinball machine and see the ball get stuck in there and go bam-bam-bam-bam....   [tags: essays research papers] 428 words
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Turkey Earthquake - Turkey Earthquake Introduction The terrible earthquake that struck western Turkey on August 17, 1999 measured a massive Mw7.4 on the Richter scale (also known as the Kocaeli, Turkey, earthquake) Turkey has had a long history of large earthquakes that often occur in progressive adjacent earthquakes. Starting in 1939, the North Anatolian fault produced a sequence of major earthquakes, of which the 1999 event is the 11th with a magnitude greater than or equal to 6.7. Starting with the 1939 event in western Turkey, the earthquake locations have moved both eastward and westward....   [tags: Papers] 759 words
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Earthquake Design - Earthquake Design Geology is the study of the earth's landmasses. The earth is constantly changing. These changes are to slow for one person to see in his or her lifetime. Forces cause different things to happen on the surface of the earth. Such as mountains growing and eroding. The earth is broken down into layers lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. The lithosphere is the dense, solid layer that surrounds they earth. Which we call the ground. Scientists believe that the earth was formed by very dense elements such as iron and nickel....   [tags: Papers] 1901 words
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The New Madrid Seismic Zone - According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) stretches from just west of Memphis TN., into southern Illinois and “several of the largest historical earthquakes to strike the continental United States occurred in the winter of 1811-1812 along the NMSZ. (USGS, 2007). This means when another major earthquake hits the region, cities like Memphis TN., Cape Girardeau and St. Louis MO., Paducah KY., and perhaps Nashville TN. and Little Rock AR., will be severely impacted....   [tags: Impact, Damage, Earthquake]
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Consequences of the Tsunami in Japan 2011 - 1896, Sanriku, Japan: A magnitude 7.6 earthquake rattled Japan, killing more than 26,360 people. In Tangshan, China, 1976, a magnitude 8.0 tsunami killed more than 255,000 people. 2004: The Indian Ocean experienced a 9.0 tsunami, its destruction killing more than 350,000 people. Just last year, Haiti lost 222,570 inhabitants because of a 7.0 earthquake (Brunner and Rowen 1), leaving the country in more trouble than they can dig themselves out of. Earthquakes can be predictable, and unpredictable....   [tags: natural disasters, tsunami, earthquake]
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The Symlar San Fernando Valley Earthquake of 1971 - Earthquakes are best described as a shaking or vibration of the ground caused by breaking of rock. Sometimes they are very strong and other times you would hardly notice them. This shaking occurs when stress that builds up in the crust is suddenly released as the crust breaks free and/or slides against the other pieces of crust. Earthquakes may also be thought of as the breaking of a popsicle stick by applying pressure to both ends at the same time. Should you try this experiment , you will feel the pressure build up as you apply more force until the stick snaps....   [tags: Seismology natural disaster]
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The Physical and Human Factors Which Affect the Location and the Impact of the Earthquake Hazard - The Physical and Human Factors Which Affect the Location and the Impact of the Earthquake Hazard Earthquakes are natural hazards that have occurred since the dawn of time. They are products of the Earth's ever-changing face and lead to the movement of the world's tectonic plates. An earthquake is a hazard resulting from major geological processes and the release of energy within the earth leading to catastrophic incidents such as earthquake and volcanic eruptions. The effects of earthquakes can have considerable damage to the physical and human environments and the impact and location of an earthquake can alter the damage of the process....   [tags: Papers] 741 words
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The Earthquake - It was a beautiful day like any other with the clear blue sky and the nice cool breeze chilling my morning tea. Everything was peace and quiet until I felt my chair shaking. I saw the tea water moving and my little round tea table become restless. I went into the house and I saw the dust falling down from the ceiling and the picture frames swinging like a pendulum. Then I thought to myself, it was definitely an earthquake happening. Nervous became fear as I ran to warn my parents....   [tags: Creative Writing Essay] 363 words
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Why Did So Many People Die in the Kobe Earthquake? - Kobe is Japan's second most populated and industrialised area, after Tokyo. It is located on three plates; the Pacific, the Philippine and the Eurasian. This puts the whole of Japan in danger of having an earthquake. The earthquake was occurring at 5.46 AM on January 17th 1995. The earthquake was recorded 7.2 on the Richter scale, making it a very fatal earthquake. The epicentre was in Kobe, the second largest city in Japan. The centre of Kobe city was affected the worst, because it was very economically developed....   [tags: World Cultures] 657 words
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Natural Disasters - Natural disasters happen all over the world and they can be completely devastating for people and the environments they live. Natural disasters are caused by nature and there is nothing that we can do to prevent them from happening, there are many different events that lead to natural disasters, and being aware of these causes enables us to be better prepared when such disasters present themselves. China is one of the unlucky countries that commonly have natural disasters. China is the world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion....   [tags: environment, China, earthquake, devastation]
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The Study of Earthquake Waves to Interpret the Earth's Internal Structure and Composition - The Study of Earthquake Waves to Interpret the Earth's Internal Structure and Composition Studying the different waves that are given off in an eathquake can identify the internal composition and structure of the earth. There are three types of wave Primary or 'push' waves (P-waves), Secondary or 'shock' waves (S-waves) and Longitudal or 'long' waves (L-waves). The waves that must be studied to interpret the earth's internal structure and composition are 'Body Waves' Body waves are another name for P or S waves....   [tags: Papers] 529 words
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San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake - ... Fires destroyed over 25,000 buildings on 490 city blocks. A woman started one of the largest fires on accident in a house on Hayes Street by making breakfast in the morning. This fire became known to many as the “Ham and Eggs Fire.” Firefighters from nearby towns came in to help fight the fire. However, after a short time they decided to leave because of lack of resources to put out the fires. Government officials specifically ordered federal troops to guard the U.S. Mint, post office, and county jail from the fire and from looting....   [tags: california, san andreas fault, tectonic plates]
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A Theological Response to Natural Suffering - A Theological Response to Natural Suffering In his book, The Sacred Canopy, Peter Berger asserts that ``Religion has played a strategic part in the human enterprise of world building,`` and `` implies the farthest reach of his ( man`s) infusion of reality with his own meaning.`` (Berger, 1967, 27) Thus, theology, another term for religion, is the foundation of human sense of the meaning of life and closely related to our daily life. The 921 earthquake occured on September 21, 1999 that caused the most serious damage in Taiwan since 1935....   [tags: Earthquake Religion Suffering God Papers]
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Poor Earthquake Planning in Missouri - Over the past two decades officials in many states including Missouri had warned us that an enormous earthquake would strike the central United States in the near future. They provided insight and called for preventative steps to avoid massive devastation which in turn would save many lives. However, a recent article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch identifies how the state of Missouri and even our own city of St. Louis are far from being ready to encounter such a castatrophy. I deemed this very important because it directly affects our safeness and security as human beings....   [tags: Informative Essays] 553 words
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Analysis of Charles Walker's Earthquake: Shaky Colonialism - Earthquake: a series of vibrations induced in the earth’s crust by the abrupt rupture and rebound of rocks in which elastic strain has been slowly accumulating; something that is severely disruptive; upheaval (Shravan). Tsunami: an unusually large sea wave produced by a seaquake or undersea volcanic eruption (Shravan). Combine these two catastrophic natural disasters, and it will be a day that will forever live in infamy through terror; a day much like that of October 28, 1746 in Lima, Peru in which an entire city was destroyed within mere minutes....   [tags: natural disaster, tsunami, Peru]
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Japan's Economic Efforts After the Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 - ... Why is this a disadvantage. The inbound and outbound markets of Japan are specifically China and South Korea. The decline of tourist’s arrivals and departures were present in late 2012, the cause “territorial disputes” (Euromonitor, 2013). This is a threat as seen in the SWOT matrix. One defensive strategy is to market Japan in outside market. Euromonitor suggests that this would maintain “Japan’s inbound tourism” (Euromonitor, 2013). Marketing Campaign “Visit Japan” With the new emerging inbound tourists in mind, the number of trips in 2012 reached 8 million (Euromonitor, 2013)....   [tags: south east region, natural disaster]
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The Fukuoka Earthquake in Japan - The quake, which measured a preliminary magnitude of 7.0, brought railways across most of the region to a halt, crippled essential utilities and disrupted telephone services. In the city of Fukuoka, Mitsue Itoyama, 75, who was trapped by a collapsing wall later died in a hospital. Two other women, aged 56 and 83, were unconscious and in critical condition. More than 400 people received treatment at hospitals in Fukuoka Prefecture alone, including at least 15 with fractures and other serious injuries....   [tags: essays research papers] 473 words
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The San Francisco Earthquake - The San Francisco Earthquake Heavily damaged buildings in the Marina District of San Francisco Heavily damaged buildings in the Marina District of San Francisco House destroyed by Loma Prieta earthquake A house in the mountains north of Santa Cruz, California, destroyed [IMAGE] Ground view of collapsed building, Marina District Fire following earthquake…. [IMAGE] The Earthquake eyewitness account of Howard Livingston “I was awakened by a violent shaking of the house accompanied by a roar and the sound of cracking wood....   [tags: Papers] 494 words
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The Effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant on the Environment - ... They look at the biodiversity in the area and study the birds, fish, and plants surrounding the contaminated plant. The most effective way to study the harmful consequences of the power plant radiation is to look for impacts on the aviation population and their reproduction habits. Scientists studied the impacts that radiation has on birds at the Fukushima site and found that the total bird population in the surrounding area was reduced by 30% more than previously predicted. This is double the shrinkage of population than the studies done at the Chernobyl accident, and the fertility of the male birds has also been diminished....   [tags: earthquake, nuclear power, japan]
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Fukushima Daiichi: Is It Worth it? - The world needs to be powered. And the ever- present question in today’s world is how to get the power we need. There have been many solutions to this need for power. One of the most revolutionary was nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is created when In 2011, a tragedy struck. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck. Measuring at an 8.9 on the Richter scale, it was the largest earthquake in history. This earthquake was off the eastern shore of Japan, and caused a 15 meter tsunami to wash over the city of Fukushima, killing 19,000 people there....   [tags: nuclear energy, earthquake, japan]
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