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Christchurch hit by swarm of earthquakes - liquefaction and potholes seen again

The largest earthquake, a 6.0, struck at about 2.20pm near Darfield, but the remaining quakes have all been centred to the east of the city. The first shake hit at 1pm and was a magnitude 5.5 quake, but there have been four other minor earthquakes over the

June 13, 2011

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Dead Sea disappearing day by day

The Dead Sea has been drying up at a dramatic rate in recent decades as a result mostly of human demands for water. But instead of letting the historic body of water continue to disappear, some scientists are getting increasingly serious about trying to save it.In the m

May 28, 2011

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Dozens of sinkholes appeared in Quebec

Engineers and geologists are examining dozens of deep holes that appeared in the ground in Quebec City's north end this week, as residents are being urged to leave their homes for safer locations.City officials served evacuation papers Wednesday to about 15 homes and

May 28, 2011

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Iran's largest lake turning to salt

 The long popular lake, home to migrating flamingos, pelicans and gulls, has shrunken by 60 percent and could disappear entirely in just a few years, experts say — drained by drought, misguided irrigation policies, development and the damming of rivers

May 26, 2011

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Experts say it'sime to shift view of seismic risk

Knowledge of seismic risk is badly skewed in favour of earthquakes that occur on plate boundaries, such as the March 11 temblor that hit northeast Japan, rather than those that strike deep inland, a pair of scientists said on Sunday.In commentary appearing in the

May 24, 2011

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50 meter crater opens up on Baltic island of Usedom

A 50 meters long and four meters deep crater has opened on the Baltic island Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The cause of the landslide still puzzled geologists. In the middle of a field at Zirchow gapes the mysterious hole.What exactly happened here? Harry Strohm from the

May 01, 2011

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Devil's Lake continues to grow

Devils Lake, North Dakota is a "a slow-growing monster: a huge lake that has steadily expanded over the last 20 years, swallowing up thousands of acres, hundreds of buildings and at least two towns in its rising waters.The water level of Devil's Lake has risen about

April 27, 2011

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70 meters long fissure cause of Pantukan mudslide in Philippines

Survivors of the avalanche of mud in the Philippines said today over 60 people were buried alive in Friday's landslide, and the number could be higher than what authorities had thought of. More than 60 people sleeping in tents were on site when the tragedy

April 24, 2011

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Pulsating planet: Superhot rocks make the Earth roll

The river valleys are in the North Sea, north of Scotland, beneath a kilometre of water and a further 2 kilometres of sediment. The sea floor here has been slowly sinking ever since it formed. Yet 55 million years ago, something very strange happened. In a geological

April 09, 2011

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Landslides and heavy rain hit Kasmir region

Landslides damaged nearly two dozen structures in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district while as mercury hovered below normal amid intermittent rain and snowfall across the Kashmir valley. Due to heavy rainfall, landslides occurred at villages

April 06, 2011

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Californian frequent landslides sign of major geological change?

A major artery through southern Humboldt County was shut down on March 30 following a massive slide of mud and rocks, the California Highway Patrol said. Officials estimated that the stretch of Highway 101 could be closed for up to two weeks. Tons of debris tumbled

April 03, 2011

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New fissure opened at Almannagja, Iceland

A new fissure has opened in south part of Almannagjá on Iceland. It is not clear when this fissure started to form, but it looks to have formed in rather recent time. This fissure was discovered after a snow and frost started to thaw out of the ground in the last few

April 01, 2011

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Earth movements from Japan earthquake confirmed via satellites

Satellite images have been essential for helping relief efforts in Japan following the massive quake that struck on 11 March. Now scientists are using ESA’s space radars to improve our understanding of tectonic events.Scientists are calling on data from the

March 31, 2011

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HISTORY WATCH: The Great Alaskan Earthquake 1964

The 1964 Alaska earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan Earthquake, the Portage Earthquake and the Good Friday Earthquake, was a megathrust earthquake that happen on Good Friday, March 27, 1964. Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing buildings,

March 28, 2011

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New fault discovered near Diablo Canyon nuke power plant

An unknown seismic fault has been detected on the ocean floor a half-mile from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The fault zone was detected more than two years ago by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey working with the

March 25, 2011

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Giant Sinkhole at Hillsborough landfill expands

The sides of the sinkhole that swallowed up part of the Southeast County Landfill in Lithia four months ago collapsed last night. The avalanche of dirt did not widen the gaping of almost 40 meter crater, but did deepen it by about 3 meter, officials said. No one was

March 24, 2011

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More road sinkholes worldwide - summary of last 7 days

Dozens of people were evacuated after flash flooding swept through the Illawarra, in New South Wales cutting major roads, crippling public transport and claiming the life of a man who was washed into a storm water drain. In Gosford, a giant sinkhole tore open a

March 23, 2011