Monthly Archives: February 2011

New Zealand’s ‘Darkest Day’


On February 2nd, 2011 tragedy hit Christchurch, New Zealand in the form of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Seventy five causalties were reported and more than three hundred reported missing [rvd: casualties are estimated to be over 200]. Prime Minister John … Continue reading

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Earthquakes Strike Chile Again


Chile has been struck by devastating earthquakes in the past, but with the most recent ones they have gotten lucky. On Sunday February 27, 2011, a Magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Concepcion. Unlike past earthquakes this one has caused zero … Continue reading

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Insurance Companies Feel Financial Burden of Earthquake


When a natural disaster hits, the financial and personal burdens can be extremely devastating. However those most affected by these disasters are the insurance companies who insure the properties that were damaged by disaster. In the aftermath of the recent earthquake … Continue reading

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Roads Blocked in Mexican Landslide


Residents in Mexico were furious when they could not evacuate from their small town of Oaxaca because the roads were so bad. A landslide took out the many homes. The damage was at a maximum because the homes were on … Continue reading

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Unleashed Power of Water leads to Destruction: Indian Ocean Tsunami


Curious beach-goers in Indonesia watched in amazement as an enormous wave accelerated [rvd: actually, as the wave entered shallower waters when approaching land, it slowed down and gained height] towards the shore. Before they could try to or even think … Continue reading

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Studying Abroad in a Gloomy Cloud of Ash


Last spring I ventured across the pond with a group of MSU students and professors to study abroad. Our destination was The Netherlands where we would evaluate Dairy Husbandry and Environmental Stewardship. As we counted down the days to departure … Continue reading

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Dirty Thunderstorms, Volcanos Produce Lightning?


When thinking of a volcano a person thinks of lava, ash, and mudslides, but lightning?  Yes I said lightning.  This little understood and somewhat rare occurrence happens when the ash from the erupting volcano, ice particles, and rock fragments collide … Continue reading

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U.S. Army Corps Levee breach


In August of 2005, what Maryland Weather calls the third deadliest United States hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, struck the south. Tearing its way through the gulf of Mexico it gained the strength of a category 5 storm, although it made landfall … Continue reading

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Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand


Earthquakes kill people every year and have been doing so for quite some time. There was a nasty earthquake hit down in New Zealand on February 22, 2011. The earthquake struck Christchurch causing 98 deaths and 226 missing persons so far (Feb. 24, 2011). Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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New Zealand Quake leaves City Shaken


The 6.3 magnitude earthquake, which occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, on February 26, has killed 145 people as of today. An additional 226 people are still missing. The number of casualties is relatively high because of the structures of the … Continue reading

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Natural Disaster of Brazil Slashes Towns


In the middle of January, 2011, the country of Brazil experienced its largest natural disaster in the past four decades. Flash floods and massive landslides in the Serrana mountain area near Rio de Janeiro destroyed many roads and buildings. The many photos … Continue reading

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Building Codes Fail in New Zealand :(


The Canterbury Plains in New Zealand experienced their first 2 major earthquakes in thousands of years. The second quake, at a magnitude of 6.5 was much more devastating then the first one, which shook in September of 2010 and was … Continue reading

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New Zealand Earthquake


Tuesday afternoon, New Zealand was shaken to its core by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. This earthquake hit the South Island, along with the largest city, Christchurch. The epicenter of the earthquake was 5 kilometers below ground in Lyttelton. About 500,000 people populate the … Continue reading

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There are hurricanes in Texas?


You mustn’t forget that Texas is located on the gulf of Mexico. But when Texas comes to mind people don’t usually think of hurricanes.  But on September 8th 1900 the hurricane barreling down on them was the only thing on the … Continue reading

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Mount Tarawera, New Zealand 1886- Farewell to the Pink and White Terraces


One of the most remarkable seismic events of New Zealand history occurred on the night of June 10, 1886. Signs of the destructive eruption came in the form of earthquakes just an hour before (1). Sometime between 1:30 and 2:00am, … Continue reading

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Move the date of Midterm 2 from Thursday March 17 to Tuesday March 22?


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Cyclone Yasi


Many people across Australia were facing the destructive aftermath of Cyclone Yasi on February 3rd 2011. The streets were covered in trees and many power lines were down. The storm left 180,000 homes with out electricity. The cyclone was classified … Continue reading

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Cyclones Bombard Australia With Rain


Cyclones near Australia have led to heavy rainfall, specifically cyclone Carlos.  Record levels of rain, over 684mm of rain fell in Darwin, Australia over the span of four days.  Subsequently, homes were evacuated, the Darwin airport was shut down and … Continue reading

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Haiti Earthquake 2010


These two articles talk about the Earthquake in Haiti that was the biggest in terms of casualties in a long while. An important part was about more of the problems that were not as obvious as just the physical destruction of the massive … Continue reading

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Population of New Orleans falls 30% since Hurricane Katrina


The population of New Orleans LA, has dropped 30% since the 2000 census. A good amount of this was due to Hurricane Katrina, which hit the city in the summer of 2005. Before Katrina, New Orleans was famously an overwhelmingly … Continue reading

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What does the future hold?


The 2011 hurricane activity is estimated to be about 40% above normal. The long-range forecast predicts that we will have a rather active season with 4 forceful hurricanes, 8.4 hurricanes and 15.6 named tropical storms.  It is also estimated that … Continue reading

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Fast Falling Rains in South Africa


South Africa has experienced heavy rains these summer months, which in turn has caused flooding in 8 of 9 provinces, deeming them “disaster areas.” Over 85 people have lost their lives from the flooding and the death toll continues to … Continue reading

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An Era of Climate and Food Insecurity


In 2010, temperature records were set in upwards of 19 nations. Pakistan recorded 53.5C which is the hottest temperature ever reliably measured in Asia’s history. Global climate change is a serious issue and can not be ignored any longer. It … Continue reading

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Volcano Puts National Park in Danger?


One of the most frequented national parks in the United States may be in jeopardy due to a possible eruption of one of the “world’s largest super-volcanoes”. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is home to a caldera, which has been … Continue reading

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It’s Raining Birds


New Studies have shown that the sleeping fault of the New Madrid fault zone has awakened, causing over 500 earthquakes in Arkansas [rvd: more specifically, in 4 months from Sept-Dec 2010]. Since the discovery, mysterious events have taken place, thousands … Continue reading

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Heat Waves and Food Delays


According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2010 tied the record holder, 2005, for hottest year to date. Throughout the year 19 nations set record temperature highs. They also reported that 2010 was the wettest year on record. … Continue reading

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Wicked Twister


On May 22nd, 2004 an outbreak of 56 tornadoes, hit the Midwestern states. A majority of these tornado’s occurred in Iowa and Nebraska. One person was killed with an additional 38 injured. The damage was estimated to be 175 million. … Continue reading

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Lightning from “007” Volcano


Japan’s southern island Kyushu is home to Mount Shinmoedake, which was featured in a James Bond movie. Shinmoedake has been pretty inactive over the past 300 years, but erupted nine times this week. On Feb 1st, one of the eruptions smashed the windows of … Continue reading

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Earthquake Aid Denied


Pakistan welcomed 2011 with a M7.2 earthquake on January 19th. The earthquake did not cause a lot of damage (only 200 houses at the epicenter were affected) and no deaths were reported, but it made a lot of people fearful of … Continue reading

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Building to save lives


Areas of the world that are prone to earthquakes like California, Chile and other places that lie on active faults need to be more educated about building structures and safer spots to build homes. In Haiti, about 250,000 deaths occurred … Continue reading

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