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Absolutely worth reading. From NYTimes’s Andrew Revkin:

Oklahoma’s biggest earthquake will raise questions re gas/oil drilling. Disposal wells more likely issue than fracking. I’m checking with geologists.

Turkey’s strongest earthquake in decade hits in east. @dotearth has more on vulnerability there.

More Iceland fault line pics here.


Þingvellir [thing-vet-lir] Fault, east of Reykjavik, is what Europe and North America being driven apart looks like. 

Iceland’s Grímsvötnd volcano goes back to sleep. Video of it’s last gasps here (click the Play button).


Earlier today I posted a picture of the final activity in the Grímsvötn eruption along with some info. However this video is much better. Check it out. The site is in Icelandic, but to see the video just click “Horfa á myndskeið með frétt” at the top of the article.

Exclusive video of Grimsvotn volcano, Iceland. Keflavik Airport is shut down. All Iceland flights canceled.

Iceland’s imposed a flight ban and closed its main airport after the country’s most active volcano, Grimsvotn, erupted. It lies under the uninhabited Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland and has been dormant for 7 years. A large plume of smoke and ash is stretching 20 km into the air. Iceland’s Meteorological Office says that the eruption at the Grimsvotn volcano has been accompanied by a series of small earthquakes. Scientists have been expecting a new eruption and have said previously that this volcano’s eruption will likely be small and should not lead to the air travel chaos caused in April 2010 by ash from the Eyjafjallajokul volcano

Excellent intro on how seismic sensors work, and how it helps urban planners.


BGS seismology | A brief introduction (by bgschannel)

Seismologist Dr Brian Baptie gives a short introduction to our earthquake monitoring work from one of the seismology laboratories at the British Geological Survey office in Edinburgh.

Compare to Haiti, Pakistan, and, sadly, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Evacuation center. Japan.

(via futurejournalismproject)


This weekend, the Washington Post took a look at the safety of nuclear power in comparison to other sources (like coal) in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. When the future effects of climate change are included, nuclear comes out way ahead. But when compared to the visible and potent disaster in Japan, long-term dangers (even if they are worse) seem like they are unlikely to sway critics.

People just aren’t very good dealing with the future. They’d rather be safer now.

More at: Nuclear power is safest way to make electricity, according to study

(via jtotheizzoe)

Hi-rez photos of Fukushima Nuclear Power plant. More photos here. Meanwhile, decommissioning and dismantling the plant will take over 20 years, here

Over 110,000 albatross chicks and 2,000 adults were killed from the tsunami.

Federal Fish and Wildlife Service officials report that Wisdom, a Laysan albatross first tagged during the 1950’s and estimated to be 60+ years old has survived the tsunami, however.

Source: USA Today Science

Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth on what earthquake-prone countries can learn from Japan’s resilience, motivation and planning. Here

How close are you to a nuclear power plant? I live near 5! Click the pic, or here.


Wind power helping to keep the lights on in Japan
There’s one piece of good news from Japan: All the wind turbines survived the earthquake and are helping to power some regions of the country.