In August, Japan reopened its first nuclear reactors after an almost two-year hiatus that followed the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Now, months later, Kyushu Electric Power Co. is preparing to guard the controversial energy source against terrorist attacks, too.
The inexorable, rapidly-rising wall of water of a tsunami is a terrifying, deadly sight. This is the disaster demystified, with all the science to help you survive.
A massive earthquake just hit off the coast of Chile. At magnitude of 8.3 and a tsunami warning in effect, this could have been ugly. Here’s the science behind the earthquake, how Chile’s preparations are paying off, and what we can expect for the shaken country.
“Thirteen thousand people will die in the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami,” reads Kathryn Schulz’s now-infamous New Yorker article. “Everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Turns out a very similar event occurred in Chile 55 years ago. What wisdom can its survivors share with residents of the Northwest?
Tsunami is a cute, perfectly crafted animated short film made by the students at the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. It tells the story of a man returning to his house, flooded after a tsunami, and a water spirit that got trapped in there.
Cesium 134 and cesium 137: The two isotopes that were released into the Pacific Ocean when an earthquake ruined the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the eastern coast of Japan in 2011. The panic over the leakage was instantaneous in the US—but a new study shows how long it really took.
If there was a tsunami warning in your area, could you escape on foot? That's the question a new tool released by the USGS takes on. The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst takes into account not just foot-speed but terrain, and also highlights the areas of high-ground that would likely be the safest points.
A danger is lurking in the bucolic mountains of Switzerland: the alpine lake tsunami. Yes, it's a real thing, and yes, it has happened before—many times, according to unsettling new geological research.
Alaska was hit by a major earthquake today, and it was totally harmless. The magnitude 7.9 subduction-zone earthquake let off a build-up of tectonic stress in the most harmless way possible, proving that with disasters, location really is everything.
At 4:45pm on Tuesday April 1st, a magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit the coast of Chile. This megathrust earthquake produced substantial ground shaking for hundreds of kilometers, and spawned a tsunami that triggered evacuations in Chile and Peru.
After a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck Chile yesterday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama. While it's still too early to know how the wildlife along that stretch of Pacific coastline fared - let alone how our own species fared - we can look to previous…
Little can actually be guaranteed to survive the high-velocity wave walls and pummeling winds of a tsunami—but this house will at least put up a damn good showing.
Science fiction is filled with tales that pit humanity against the natural world: earthquakes, meteor strikes, Sharknados. While some of those stories are birthed from abstract (or entirely made-up) fears, others are inspired by specific occurrences—comets, catastrophes, and climate events.
Two years ago today, Japan was ravaged by a horrible tsunami. And now, right on the anniversary of the disaster, there's a new memorial to the people and things who lived through it: the "miracle tree" that survived the surge has now been converted in a sculpture.
The Tohoku-oki earthquake and tsunami brought unimaginable devastation to the coastal areas of Japan in March 2011. But as a new study in Marine Geology suggests, it also reshaped the ocean floor, forming large underwater dunes as the massive waves rolled into the eastern seaboard, and then slowly pulled away.
Authorities expect more debris from the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami to wash up on the Pacific Coast this winter. Seasonal changes in ocean currents and North Pacific winds will push the 1.5 million tons of debris still out there towards our shores.
When a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast early Friday morning, we all feared a tsunami. But San Francisco gets earthquakes all the time, and we're not scared of a tsunami there. Why?
The operator of Fukushima—Tokyo Electric Power Company—has just confessed in a report that its post-tsunami nuclear crisis was totally avoidable. Ugh.
It's official: The Large Hadron Collider helped to find a new particle, and it didn't turn the world inside out. Everybody relax! But history is full of strange experiments that people predicted might bring about the end of the human race... and in some cases, they might actually have had a point.