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Scientists Warn of Major Earthquake Risk Off Californian Coast

 Los Angeleans were given an unexpected alarm call from Mother Nature on Monday morning as an earthquake shook the city at around 6.25am.

The earthquake was initially graded at 4.7 on the Richter scale, but this reading was reduced to 4.4 a short time later.The areas bearing the brunt of the shaking were Santa Monica, Beverly...
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When the Ocean Boils...

Shortly after the Tohoku Megathrust Earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, something strange happened in Norway. People watched in astonishment and fear as tight wave action in the normally quiet fjords made them appear to boil. The water became roiled with 5 foot waves in the Auruland-Flam Fjord, and the condition waxed...
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UPDATE: Northeast Prepares for Sandy as Tsumami Heads for Hawaii

A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii, and the warnings for US and Canadian coastal areas have been called off. Four to Seven foot wayve area expected to reach the Hawaii's north facing beaches today. The warning has been issued after a 7.1 earthquake struck an island off the coast of Canada.

At the same time, the northeastern...
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Fukushima Caused Cracks in the Ocean Floor

Submarine images have revealed that the Fukushima quake opened up cracks in the ocean floor as big as 6 feet wide. What effect this may have on future quakes in the area is unknown.

Coincidentally, shortly before the quake, researchers had taken photos of the same area of the seafloor where the crust would later rupture, leading to a...
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Data From Japan Shows Big Quake Coming to West Coast of US

Scientists who are studying the Fukushima earthquake have uncovered data that predicts a "big one" in the Pacific Northwest, along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

The Fukushima quake was precipitated by what is called the "Tohoku area" of underwater plates. On the Weatherbug site, Sandi...
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Tsunami Debris Heading for West Coast of U.S.

In 2001, we reported that dust clouds from China regularly sweep across the Western United States, bringing with them bits of rock, dinosaur fossils and...
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UPDATE: Explosion at Fukushima #3 Reactor.

Despite the frantic efforts of nuclear engineers, there has been a second explosion in the Fukujima Nuclear Power Station as an explosion has taken place in the third of the six reactors in the system. It is not yet known exactly what caused the explosion or what sort of radiation release, if any, is involved. While some of the radioactive fuel...

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Earthquakes: Big Economic Impact--on U.S. as Well

Earthquake and the tsunamis they cause are not only devasting to the countries hit. Since we now have a global economy, they can affect the rest of the world monetarily as well. Earthquake expert Thomas D. O'Rourke says, "The massive 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan will have a major INTERNATIONAL impact. Tsunamis have caused massive damage in...
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When New York City Drowned

An asteroid impact two thousand years ago may have sent gigantic waves deluging what is now New York City. Most tsunamis are caused by underwater earthquakes and volcanoes, but the causes of 10% of them are unknown, and asteroids are thought to be one of...
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High Tides

Here's more evidence of global warming that nobody else is talking about. Tides from Maine to Florida have been mysteriously higher than normal this summer, with some as much as two feet above normal. This has mystified scientists, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is studying the phenomenon.

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Did a Giant Wave Once Engulf New York City?

Did a huge wave (known as a tsunami)strike New York's Fire Island, washing over Wall Street, 2,000 years ago? Geologists are finding evidence that this is what happened. We're all worried about Wall Street's financial problems?let's hope we don't have to worry about it literally drowning as well! Maybe we DO?who knows what the future will bring...

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Big Wave Wisdom

A tsunami like the one that struck the coasts of Thailand, India and Indonesia 4 years ago may strike again. "Azhii peralai" means "from the deep ? large waves" in Tamil, the oldest language in southern India. For an ancient dialect to have its own phrase for destructive waves triggered by earthquakes, the people of Tamil Nadu likely...

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Could There be a Tsunami in NYC?

We recently reported on how global warming will affect our future. Scientists agree that one thing that will definitely happen is that melting ice will cause sea levels to rise, threatening coastal cities. Hurricanes, caused by warmer ocean temperatures, are also a threat. New computer modeling indicates that New York City could be hit by a...

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Strong Waves Hitting in Central America

Strong waves are striking the Pacific coast of CentralAmerica, with reports of damage to buildings. There was a massive storm off South America last week that producedhurricane-force winds and 50-foot waves, and it is believedthat the waves are from this storm. Unusually violentstorms of this type were predicted inSuperstorm by Whitley Strieber...

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More to Come

The earthquake of 1906 devastated San Franciso on April 18, and on its one-hundredth anniversary, the town has been remembering the devastation it caused. The Indonesian tsunami, caused by an earthquake deep beneath the ocean floor, arrived suddenly in December of 2004. Now it looks like both of them may happen again.

Larry O'Hanlon...

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Lake Tahoe Tsunami

Could Nevada or California experience a tsunami as bad asthe one that struck Indonesia in December? Evidence showsthat approximately every 3,000 years, the seismic faultsunderneath Lake Tahoe produce an earthquake with the powerto push the ground up or down by 10 feet or more. Scientistsare trying to figure out when the last one happened, so...

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Tsunami Jeopardy Still Real

On March 17, scientists published a paper in Nature Magazineon the effects of the December 25 earthquake and tsunami inIndonesia. Eleven days later, another earthquake struck,almost exactly where they said it would, which producedanother gigantic tsunami wave. Unknowncountry.com posted anews story that made thesameprediction. The final death...

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Massive Quake Off Sumatra--Many May Be Dead

Thousands may have died in the region of a new Indian Oceanearthquake, that measured 8.7 on the Richter scale. Thequake did not generate any tsunamis, but there has beenextensive damage to structures in the area, especially on the hard-hit island of Nias near the quake's epicenter, andone to two thousand people are feared dead.The quake took...

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Asian Tsunami Could Strike Again

The earthquake off the coast of Sumatra that triggered thelate December 26 tsunami has increased stress on the seabedfault zone, raising the chances of another earthquake, whichwould lead to another tsunami. Seismologists don't know howsoon another earthquake will occur, but when one quakestimulates a second one, the second earthquake...

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Caribbean Tsunami Could Be on the Way

After the recent devastating loss of life from the DecemberIndonesian tsunami, geophysicists are searching for otherareas where the same kind of disaster may be lurking due topotential underwater earthquake activity. Now they saythere's a real danger that the Caribbean will be next.

Scientists say that several natural phenomena could...

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Japan Issues Honshu Tsunami Warning

A powerful 6.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Honshu,Japan at 10:38 PM Pacific time Tuesday. A short time later,the Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warningbased on the action of warning buoys in the earthquake area.

The magnitude 6.3 event has been located off the east coastof Honshu, Japan. The hypocentral depth was...

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Tsunami Threats in the U.S.

There are only two places in the U.S. where an earthquakecould cause a tsunami on the scale of the one that hit theFar East recently. Studies show that at least one of theseareas is long overdue for a quake and may have one at anytime.

Robin Lloyd writes in LiveScience.com that the Cascadiasubduction zone, running 50 miles up the coast...

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Elephants to the Rescue

Elephants in Sumatra felt the tsunami coming and startedtrumpeting, alerting local people to the coming danger.Tourists were riding about a dozen of the elephants, whichsuddenly turned and ran away from the beach. Others brokethe heavy chains on their legs and stampeded, but somestopped and picked up people with their trunks, depositingthem on...

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Amazing Tsunami Tales

Some amazing rescues occurred during the recent tsunamis. A10-year-old English girl saved her entire family because sheremembered a geography lesson she?d learned in school. And agroup of gypsies used their ancient knowledge of the sea tosave themselves.

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Where to Contribute: Suggestions from Whitley Strieber

Whitley Strieber offers a new journal entry with someuniquely useful ideas about good places to contribute to thetsunami relief effort. He has found a large charity with anextensive existing infrastructure in the area, a mediumsized one with a unique guarantee about how funds donatedwill be used, and a small one in India that is...

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Prayer Group Prays for 2005

Every month, about six thousand people visit our prayergroup. That's an impressive number--but not out of over amillion monthly visitors to the site! We believe in prayeron thiswebsite. We believe that one of the reasons you are seeingthis fine new diary entry from Anne Strieber is because ofprayer. Even the doctors expected it to take six...

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A Survivor's Account of the Tsunami

A survivor of the tsunami has written a riveting andinspiring firsthand account of the tragedy that we areposting as an "Insight" article on Unknowncountry. "I lookedout and sawthe ocean suck out and this wave started to form a couple ofhundredfeet out and it just got bigger and bigger. My heart stoppedand I stoodthere saying Oh My God!

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'Great' Quake has Earth Vibrating

The 9.0 mega-earthquake that struck the Indian Ocean Sundayhas caused the entire planet to begin vibrating. EnzoBoschi, the head of Italy's National Geophysics Institutestated on Italian television on Sunday evening that "all theplanet is vibrating" because of the quake, and that it haddisturbed the planet's rotation.

This is the fifth...

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Big Wave Coming

Tens of millions of people along the east coast of the U.S.and Canada may drown if a volcano off north Africa slidesinto the sea. Some time in the next few thousand years, theCumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma willcollapse, sending a 300 foot high tsunami across theAtlantic.

The collapse began when the volcano erupted...

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Gigantic Seattle/Portland Quake in the Future

Geologists have learned that there's a huge earthquake zone in the Seattle area. They discovered this from studying a huge tsunami that hit Japan in the 17th century, triggered by an earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.

In wired.com, Leander Kahney quotes Brian Atwater of the U.S. Geological Survey as saying, "This region has the...

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