The Energy of Earthquakes
Each year, earthquakes cause devastation to the thousands of people all over the world. In 2010 alone, there were over 21,000 earthquakes recorded. The Richter magnitude scale, is a measurement of the seismic energy released by an earthquake. It is a logarithmic scale, so a 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than one that measures 4.0.
The shaky Isles: Canterbury and Other Quakes
On Tuesday 22 February 2011 at 12.51 p.m. Christchurch was badly damaged by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, which killed 185 people and injured several thousand. Officially it was one of more than 10,000 aftershocks of the less destructive magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck on 4 September 2010.
Earthquakes in Melbourne
On 19th June 2012 an earthquake occurred with the epicenter being ten kilometers south west of Moe. The quake was felt strongly throughout Melbourne which is 135km to the west of Moe.
Japan: The Earthquake and The Tsunami
On Friday March 11th, 2011 an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude triggered a tsunami hitting the coastline of Japan destroying everything in its path. Here is the trail of destruction it produced and how you can help.
Earthquake Safety Tips
After the fresh devastating earthquakes in the ring of fire, many people have been wondering what they should do should they ever be caught in an earthquake. There are two main theories, the “triangle of life” advised by Doug Copp an practiced survival expert and the “drop and cover” method that is formally recognized and directed by the Red Cross and FEMA. There has been a great deal of debate regarding which is the better survival method.