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Scientists face jail over prediction failure

Six Italian scientists face up to six years in prison because they failed to predict an earthquake. The seismologists were part of the National Commis…

Remote control cockroaches developed

Cyborg cockroaches that can be remote controlled may be the future for locating earthquake survivors. Researchers at North Carolina State University h…

Composite Photographs of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Today’s City

Beginning on April 18, 1906, most of San Francisco was leveled by a horrendous earthquake and the fires that followed. Photographers captured scenes of the devastation. Now Shawn Clover has merged those photos with his own depictions of modern San Francisco. Part 1 and Part 2 -via Colossal

Geologists Found Evidence of the Crucifixion of Jesus Earthquake

The Crucifixion, Currier & Ives/LOC According to the Gospel of Matthew, the earth shook during the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ: “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave [...]

Inventor Proposes Levitating Buildings on Air Cushions During Earthquakes

(Video Link) Those of us who merely watched the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake on screens got to witness something amazing: the resiliency and resourcefulness of the Japanese people. And we’re still seeing it as Japan prepares for future earthquakes. Here’s one example. Youichi Sakamoto invented a foundation structure that raises buildings on air pockets as soon [...]

Pulled From the Rubble: 4 Amazing Stories of Survival

A Turkish rescuer searches for earthquake survivors in Van province of Turkey. © Ma Yan/Xinhua Press/Corbis When two-week-old Azra Karaduman was pulled from what was left of a seven-story apartment building 47 hours after a devastating earthquake leveled parts of Turkey, spectators marveled that such a tiny morsel of humanity could survive such a horrific ordeal. But [...]

Destruction Caused By The East Coast Earthquake

The East Coast is still recovering from a less-than-devastating earthquake that shook walls, knocked stuff over on desks and generally didn’t do a whole lot of damage. The folks over at BuzzFeed have gathered together a gallery of images that shows just how simple it will be for the folks on the East Coast to [...]

Goldfish survive 134 days without food

In a heartwarming story of survival, two goldfish survived 4 months without food after an earthquake. The two fish were left trapped in their tank in …

Atomspheric heating could predict quakes

Days before the March earthquake in Japan the atomsphere above the epicentre heated rapidly. At least three days before the M9 earthquake that rocked …

Couple Encounters 6 Natural Disasters on Honeymoon

Stefan and Erika Svanstrom of Stockholm have had an eventful honeymoon. So far, they’ve endured a snowstorm in Munich, Germany, a cyclone that struck Cairns, Australia, the floods of Brisbane, Australia, the wildfires in Perth, Australia, the earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, and then the earthquake in Japan: The family returned to Stockholm on March [...]