Photos from the exclusion zone at Fukushima, Japan

Wednesday, 7 December, 2011

A selection of photos taken between June and November of the area surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Japan, which was damaged as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that struck last March.

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Photos of earthquake damaged Eastern Turkey

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

Distressing photos of the damage resulting from last Sunday’s earthquake near Lake Van in Eastern Turkey, which has so far claimed almost 500 lives.

Van, and the surrounding region, were among places I travelled to while in Turkey. We stopped at a shop in a town in the area to buy some bottled water, and the store owners kindly invited us to sit down for a cup of çay, or tea, also offering us baklava.

It must have cost the store owners more to entertain us than they made from the sale, but such is Turkish hospitality, especially in the area around Van.

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Photos taken three months after the Japanese earthquake

Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Photos from Japan… while there is still a long way to go, the recovery from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is proceeding slowly but gradually.

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Japanese earthquake may have shortened the day slightly

Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

Testament to the tremendous power of last week’s devastating earthquake off the coast of Japan, a NASA scientist says days have become a fraction of micro-second shorter, and Earth’s figure axis (not to be confused with its rotation axis) may have moved by about 16 centimetres.

Richard Gross, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, calculates that last week’s earthquake off Japan’s coast may have shortened the length of Earth’s days by about 1.26 microseconds and shifted its axis by about 6.5 inches.

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Explaining nuclear reactor shutdowns and meltdowns

Friday, 18 March, 2011

Interactive diagrams of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan, setting out how a reactor is shutdown and what happens should a core meltdown occur.

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Japanese Apple store opens up communication after earthquake

Thursday, 17 March, 2011

Quite a few people have linked to this one, but it’s worth another shout out… an email from a worker in an Apple store in Japan, which among other things, starkly illustrates the way social media has changed the nature of communication during times of crisis or disaster.

7 hours and 118 aftershocks later, the store was still open. Why? Because with the phone and train lines down, taxis stopped, and millions of people stuck in the Tokyo shopping district scared, with no access to television, hundreds of people were swarming into Apple stores to watch the news on USTREAM and contact their families via Twitter, Facebook, and email. The young did it on their mobile devices, while the old clustered around the macs. There were even some Android users there. (There are almost no free wifi spots in Japan besides Apple stores, so even Android users often come to the stores.)

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Photos of the Christchurch earthquake aftermath

Monday, 28 February, 2011

Photos of the heartbreaking carnage and destruction resulting from last Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, from The Big Picture.

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The 1906 ruins of San Francisco as seen by a kite camera

Friday, 30 April, 2010

An amazing 160 degree panoramic photo of San Francisco, taken soon after the devastating 1906 earthquake.

What is particularly noteworthy though, is the way the photo was taken by George R. Lawrence, a commercial photographer from Illinois. He attached a camera to a kite which he then flew to an altitude of 600 metres.

All up an incredible feat when you consider the quality and clarity of the resulting image.

And… for a slice of pre-earthquake life in San Francisco, some video footage of a trip along Market street, filmed in 1905.

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Did Toads Predict the China Quake?

Tuesday, 20 May, 2008

Did Toads Predict the China Quake?

Toads moving en masse, and a small lake that mysteriously drained, are two bizarre events that preceded the catastrophic earthquake in China’s Sichuan province last week. Were these events some sort of natural warning of an impending tragedy?

Just before the most recent devastation in China toads swarmed across one of the bridges in the affected area. Two days before the quake thousands of toads suddenly decided to move across a bridge in Taizhou, a town in the Jiangsu province.

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