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The Ancient Greeks May Have Deliberately Built Temples on Fault Lines
Then again, they may just have an awful lot of both.
September 12, 2017
A Landslide Was the Culprit Behind a Massive Tsunami in Greenland
This could be just the beginning.
July 27, 2017
A Sea Cave in Indonesia Contains a 5,000-Year Record of Tsunamis
Layers of silt show just how unpredictable earthquakes are.
July 19, 2017
Copalis Crossing, Washington
Ghost Forest of Copalis
This grove of ghostly cedars was killed in 1700 by an enormous tsunami that was felt from the U.S. to Japan.
Added by JFish
The Forgotten Documents of a 1918 Tsunami in Puerto Rico
They are helping scientists understand exactly what happened.
July 05, 2017
San Andreas Scavenger Hunt
Discover the signs of Southern California's most threatening earthquake fault, hidden in plain view.
Gavazan Column at Tatev Monastery
Centuries before the modern seismograph, Armenian monks measured quakes with this tilting pillar.
Added by Ani Djaferian
A 'River Pirate' Can Be a Criminal—Or Another River
What outlaws on the Mississippi have to do with glaciers in the Yukon.
April 18, 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand
An unusual and powerful memorial in which earthquake victims are remembered by empty white chairs.
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An astounding annual light display honors the victims of one of Japan's most devastating earthquakes.
Added by Aidan Djabarov
San Francisco, California
The second building of its name to occupy this location might be the finest flatiron building in San Francisco.
Added by Marcin Wichary
Lots of Ancient Pagodas and Temples Were Damaged in the Myanmar Earthquake
Many are nearly a millennium old.
August 26, 2016
An Earthquake Early-Warning App Just Went Rogue and Terrified Tokyo
"When I saw the app screen, I prepared to die," wrote one user.
August 01, 2016
City Workers Accidentally Dismantle a Secret Earthquake Science Landmark
A street corner in California had been a seismologist pilgrimage site for decades.
July 06, 2016
Practicing for the Pacific Northwest's Massive Future Earthquake
"Cascadia Rising" will feature 20,000 soldiers, ham radio operators, and emergency personnel.
June 07, 2016
Federal Maps Now Track Human-Induced Earthquakes, Which Are Scarily Common
Oklahoma, in particular, has seen a rapid rise in rumbles.
March 28, 2016
Kentucky's anomalous peninsula projecting into the Mississippi River, site of legendary earthquakes and local feuds.
Added by markallender
In a Christchurch Scarred with Earthquake Rubble, Art and Dance-O-Mats Color the Voids
January 26, 2015
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