July 11, 2013 |
Where would science be without its brilliant amateurs? Not even close to where it is now. The likes of Gregor Mendel, Michael Faraday, Joseph Priestley -- even Benjamin Franklin -- and more put discipline to enthusiasm and taught us about natural selection, electromagnetism, chemistry and electricity. For centuries, the professional scientist -- the trained “natural philosopher” -- barely existed. Leonardo da Vinci had to paint pictures to keep the pot boiling so he could dream and imagine science and engineering far into the future.
March 16, 2011 |
U.S. Geological Survey officials have chosen a name for the 9.0 temblor that struck Japan last week. They're calling it the Tohoku earthquake ? shortened from the original name used in Japan. Tohoku is a region in the northern part of Honshu, Japan's largest island. Though the region ? encompassing six of the island's northernmost prefectures ? sits north of the massive quake's offshore epicenter, it became its namesake because it takes up much of the area shaken by the earthquake's approximately 250-mile-long rupture area.
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April 1, 2014 |
The U.S. Geological Survey is warning the public a letter that purports to be from the agency asking Orange County residents to be prepared for "a sizable earthquake" is a hoax. The letter featuring the agency's logo was apparently sent to area residents and circulated online. The letter claims "California is issuing a statewide warning" and five communities -- Westminster, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Newport Beach and La Habra -- could experience a 7.4 magnitude "tremor. " In a post on its Facebook account , the USGS said it was aware of the letter that "uses our logo.
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September 5, 2013 |
The U.S. Geological Survey this week released a report assessing the tsunami risk in California. The research simulated a 9.1 quake off the Alaska coast that would send damaging waves to California. Here are some highlights. 1) What are the parts of Southern California most vulnerable to tsunami flooding? The USGS study listed several areas, including Marina del Rey and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as well as the low-lying coastal areas extending from the ports to Newport Beach.
March 27, 2014 |
Fifty years ago today, at 5:36 p.m., a magnitude 9.2 earthquake grabbed hold of south-central Alaska and started shaking. It didn't cease for more than four minutes and was felt as far away as Texas and Louisiana. Fissures split the ground, land slid above and below water, buildings cracked and folded in on themselves, tsunamis swamped coastal communities. In all, 143 people were killed -- crushed, drowned, buried. It was an epic tragedy, as well as a moment of clarity, however painful, for scientists. Geologists and seismologists gathered an immense amount of information from the 1964 Alaska quake.
March 5, 2010 |
A 6.6 magnitude aftershock shook the area near Concepcion, Chile Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the latest in a series of aftershocks to strike the area, which is reeling from Saturday's powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake. The USGS reported the latest aftershock struck 25 miles northwest of Concepcion at a depth of 18 miles. The USGS initially reported the aftershock had a 6.8 magnitude.