‘We Have Nothing’: Afghan Quake Survivors Despair Over Recovery

With the economy in ruins and aid in short supply, survivors of the earthquake in this remote stretch of eastern Afghanistan wonder what their next move could be.

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Relief Efforts Intensify in Afghanistan After Devastating Earthquake

Aid has been streaming into the rugged regions hit by the quake on Wednesday. Hundreds were killed and many more are missing, with officials saying that they do not expect to find more survivors.

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In Afghan Quake: ‘I Did Not Expect to Survive’

As aid workers and volunteers rushed to help, survivors told harrowing tales of death and destruction.

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Earthquake in Afghanistan Kills at Least 255 Near Khost, Officials Say

The 5.9 magnitude quake struck about 28 miles southwest of the city of Khost, in the country’s southeast.

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A tsunami wiped out ancient communities the Atacama Desert 3,800 years ago

A tsunami wiped out ancient communities the Atacama Desert 3,800 years ago

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A recent study of geological deposits and archaeological remains has identified a massive earthquake and tsunami that wiped out communities along the coastline of Chile’s Atacama Desert around 3,800 years ago. Studying the ancient disaster—and people’s responses to it—could help with modern hazard planning along the seismically active coast.

A long-forgotten disaster

Broken walls and toppled stones reveal the calamity that struck Zapatero, an ancient community in what’s now northern Chile, about 4,000 years ago.

The people who lived along the coast of the Atacama Desert 5,700 to 4,000 years ago built villages of small stone houses atop massive piles of shells (Zapatero’s shell-filled midden is two meters deep and spans 6 square kilometers). Usually, these houses stood adjacent to each other, opening onto inner patios. People buried their dead beneath the houses’ floors. The cement floors were made from algae ash, seawater, and shells—the same material that held the stone walls together.

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Powerful Quake off Japan Rekindles Fears of Another Fukushima

Tsunami warnings in a region hit by nuclear disaster in 2011 were lifted after a few hours. The damage was still being assessed, but it appeared contained.

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When a seismic network failed, citizen science stepped in

The Raspberry Shake, a simple seismograph based on Raspberry Pi hardware.

Enlarge / The Raspberry Shake, a simple seismograph based on Raspberry Pi hardware. (credit: Mike Hotchkiss, Raspberry Shake)

On the afternoon of January 12, 2010, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck about 16 miles west of Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince. Among the most significant seismic disasters recorded, more than 100,000 people lost their lives. The damage—costing billions of dollars—rendered more than a million people homeless and destroyed much of the region’s infrastructure. The earth tore at the relatively shallow depth of about 8 miles, toppling poorly constructed buildings.

At the time, Haiti had no national seismic network. After the devastating event, scientists installed expensive seismic stations around the country, but that instrumentation requires funding, care, and expertise; today, those stations are no longer functional. In 2019, seismologists opted to try something different and far less expensive—citizen seismology via Raspberry Shakes.

On the morning of August 14, 2021, amidst a summer of COVID-19 lockdowns and political unrest, another earthquake struck, providing the opportunity to test just how useful these Raspberry-pi powered devices could be. In a paper published on Thursday in Science, researchers described using the Raspberry Shake data to demonstrate that this citizen science network successfully monitored both the mainshock and subsequent aftershocks and provided data integral to untangling what turned out to be a less-than-simple rending of the earth.

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These Small, Cheap Devices Help Monitor Haiti’s Earthquakes

When conventional seismometers in Haiti failed before the 2010 quake, less sophisticated devices operated by citizen scientists helped seismic researchers fill in the blanks.

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The Tsunami Could Kill Thousands. Can They Build An Escape?

A major quake in the Pacific Northwest, expected sooner or later, will most likely create waves big enough to wipe out entire towns. Evacuation towers may be the only hope, if they ever get built.

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4.1-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Parts of California

Experts said that the earthquake, which was felt in Southern California, including San Diego and Riverside Counties, was “not a big deal,” but it did prompt lots of online chatter.

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Bouncing Boulders Point to Quakes on Mars

A preponderance of boulder tracks on the red planet may be evidence of recent seismic activity.

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Two Earthquakes in Afghanistan Kill at Least 27

The quakes struck about two hours apart in a western border province along the border with Turkmenistan.

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2 Earthquakes in Remote Area of Western Afghanistan Kill at Least 22

There were fears the death toll could rise as the first rescuers reached some of the mountainous villages struck by the temblors in one of Afghanistan’s most impoverished regions.

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5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Parts of Alaska

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the earthquake, whose epicenter was about 135 miles southwest of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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‘I Would Give Anything to Hold Their Hands Again’

A husband and wife find a way to talk to their young sons about an unspeakable event.

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Dozens of Earthquakes Strike Off Oregon Coast, but Experts Say Not to Worry

At least 66 earthquakes rattled the Blanco Fracture Zone from Tuesday into Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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At Least 1 Dead After Quakes Strike Southern Iran

Two moderate temblors hit Hormozgan Province on Sunday afternoon, state TV reported.

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Something Shook New Hampshire. What Caused the Boom Is a Mystery.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it had so far found no evidence of an earthquake in all of New England during the past seven days.

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Earthquake Kills at Least 20 in Pakistan

The 5.7 magnitude quake struck Thursday morning, while most people were asleep, and officials feared the toll may rise.

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The Vibrant Resilience of Castelluccio di Norcia

The tiny hamlet has faced a devastating earthquake and the pandemic, but the spectacular beauty of its Piano Grande keeps it alive.

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In Sicily Slums, a 113-Year Wait for Housing May Be Over

After a 1908 earthquake in Messina, the displaced were moved into temporary shacks. Thousands still live in squalor, but the pandemic has pushed Rome to take action at last.

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Pandemic Pushes Rome to Address Housing in Sicily Slums

After a 1908 earthquake in Messina, the displaced were moved into temporary shacks. Thousands still live in squalor, but the pandemic has pushed Rome to take action at last.

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Earthquake Hits Southeast Australia, Damaging Buildings in Melbourne

The 5.8-magnitude quake damaged buildings in Melbourne, but there were no immediate reports of serious injuries or deaths.

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Patience Runs Thin in Haiti Quake Zone as Fights Erupt for Food

Nearly a week after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake wreaked death and devastation in southern Haiti, survivors were growing increasingly frantic over the slow trickle of relief.

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Many Survivors of Haiti Earthquake Expect No Help From Officials

“No one trusts this government here,” said a farmer in one village where at least 20 residents were killed by the quake as they attended a funeral at a church that collapsed.

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Earthquake-Struck Haiti is Lashed by Heavy Rains After Storm Hits

The new casualty figures from Saturday’s quake, including 10,000 injured, come as victims struggled with a storm deluge that could complicate relief efforts.

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Archaeologists find ancient Egyptian warship sunk near Alexandria

Archaeologists find ancient Egyptian warship sunk near Alexandria

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Twenty-four hundred years ago, Heraklion was ancient Egypt’s largest port on the Mediterranean Sea. Today, the ancient city lies submerged beneath Abu Qir Bay, a few kilometers off the coast of Alexandria. Archaeologists recently discovered the wreck of a warship from the city’s final years buried in the seabed for 2,100 years beneath five meters of clay and crumbled pieces of an ancient temple to the Egyptian god Amun.

A fast but unlucky warship

The outline of the wrecked ship suggests speed. Its 25 meter-long hull is about six times longer than it is wide, meaning that it was a long, sleek vessel built to race through the water. Clearly, this was no cargo vessel; ships built to haul cargo or passengers tend to be wider, built for capacity rather than speed and agility. The team of archaeologists from the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology who discovered the wreck say it was probably a warship, and its captain picked an unlucky day to tie up in the channel that flowed along the south side of the Temple of Amun in Heraklion.

Some of the city’s inhabitants called the place Heraklion; others called it Thonis, and archaeologists have found stone monuments inscribed with both names together. Coins and bits of pottery found among the city’s submerged ruins suggest that Thonis-Heraklion flourished from the 500s to the 300s BCE. When Alexander the Great founded Alexandria 32 kilometers to the southeast in 331 BCE, the new city replaced Thonis-Heraklion as Egypt’s largest Mediterranean port, and the older city began to decline.

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Inside Mars, NASA’s InSight Mission Mapped Surprises Down to the Core

NASA’s InSight mission revealed Mars’s inner workings down to its core, highlighting great differences of the red planet from our blue world.

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Earthquake of 2.6 Magnitude Rattles Woodlawn, Md.

No damage or injuries were reported after the earthquake, which was detected on Friday afternoon near Woodlawn, in Baltimore County, Md.

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A New Contemporary Art Museum Aims to Heal a City’s Wounds

Twelve years after a powerful earthquake devastated L’Aquila, in central Italy, the building’s inauguration is a sign of recovery. But there is still work to do.

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Cholera ‘Forever Destroyed’ U.N.’s Image in Haiti, Ban Ki-moon Says

In a memoir, the former secretary general said the United Nations should have done far more to combat a cholera scourge traced to peacekeepers. But he also criticized Haitian leaders.

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Multiple Earthquakes Felt in Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Reno

The biggest, with a magnitude of 4.2, briefly startled lawmakers in session in the Nevada capital. There were no immediate reports of damage.

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Goma, Congo, Is Partly Evacuated Due to Volcano Eruption Fears [Video]

Days after a deadly eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in Democratic Republic of Congo, the threat of another eruption forced the evacuation of much of the city of Goma.

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Old Tunnels and Rusting Bridges: America’s Creaking Infrastructure

The Biden administration has pledged a $2 trillion investment in the nation’s infrastructure. With century-old water systems and schools vulnerable to earthquakes, there is no shortage of need.

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Japan Earthquake Is Followed by Tsumani Warning

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake, off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, could be felt hundreds of miles away in Tokyo.

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The Architects Who, After a Devastating Earthquake, Rebuilt a Town

Jojutla, Mexico, now home to an array of inventively reimagined public spaces, has become a paradigm for rural revitalization.

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10 Years After Fukushima Disaster, This Nurse May Be the Region’s Best Hope

Many of Rina Tsugawa’s peers have left for jobs in cities, an outflow common to rural Japan but accelerated by the tsunami and nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima. Ms. Tsugawa has different plans.

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New Zealand Faces Tsunami Threat After 8.1-Magnitude South Pacific Earthquake

The temblor was one of three powerful earthquakes that were recorded within eight hours off New Zealand, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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In Iceland, 18,000 Earthquakes Over Days Signal Possible Eruption on the Horizon

The earthquake swarm is the culmination of more than a year of intense seismic activity. It could also herald decades of intermittent volcanic eruptions.

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10 Years After Christchurch Quake, a Hush Where 8,000 Homes Once Stood

The wreckage left in New Zealand’s second-largest city was razed. Now, a swath nearly twice the size of Central Park is being reclaimed by nature.

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NASA Will Listen for Thumps on Mars From Perseverance Rover’s Arrival

Parts of the new visitor will make large impacts that could be picked up by the InSight spacecraft’s seismometer.

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Japan

The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, the site of a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that killed thousands and caused meltdowns at a nuclear plant.

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Whale Songs Could Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath the Oceans

The aquatic mammals’ sound waves penetrate into the rocks under the waves, which could assist seismologists’ surveys.

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Indonesia Quake Kills Dozens and Injures Hundreds

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake, Indonesia’s third deadly disaster in a week, struck Sulawesi island, flattening a hospital, destroying homes and setting off landslides.

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The Cold Case of What’s Heating Up Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser

Scientists ruled out earthquakes and excessive snowfall as culprits in the series of outbursts from the world’s tallest active geyser.

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Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake: An Update

The story of the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America and the voice that gave Anchorage’s account in the aftermath.

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As Aftershocks Rattle Croatia, Earthquake Recovery Is Slow and Perilous

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless after the powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked central Croatia, killing seven and injuring dozens.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Central Croatia

At least one person was reported killed. The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, was the second in the area in 24 hours and tremors were reported across the Balkans.

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Kilauea Volcano Erupts in Hawaii, Prompting Warning About Ash

The civil defense authorities warned people to stay indoors to avoid the fallout of ash carried by the winds.

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‘Sign o’ the Times’: How Prince Wrote and Recorded a Classic Song

In the latest Diary of a Song, the Prince Estate and his closest collaborators offer an unprecedented peek into Prince’s creative process.

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