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quake1940[From the Geographical Archive] Reporting on earthquakes in 1940

Earthquakes from time immemorial have attracted the attention of the world’s greatest thinkers. That they continue to do so is no wonder for two outstanding reasons: they cause tremendous havoc, and, though we know a great deal about them, they still present some of the greatest enigmas known to science

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83ece112ec70792cd12dae2d991597dc XLThe day the Himalaya shook

A planned kayaking expedition in Nepal took on a whole new dimension for Jonny Hawkins when he found himself caught in the devastating Gorkha earthquake. Thoughts of exploration soon turned to helping those in need

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83ece112ec70792cd12dae2d991597dc XLAre nuclear reactors at risk from earthquakes?

Scientists from Bristol University are working in conjunction with EDF Energy to test the effect of earthquakes on nuclear reactor cores

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richter main[From the Geographical Archive] The man who loved earthquakes

In the 1930s, Charles Richter developed a simple scale for measuring earthquakes which is still in use today. Geographical profiles this brilliant and somewhat eccentric man

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981125e90f4c376a9817b509ba3427bc XLThe San Andreas Fault may be linked to others – which could make the next earthquake worse

Models suggest that far from ending at the Imperial Valley, the San Andreas Fault may be linked to two other faults in the region, forming a continuous line from California into Mexico

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c656ba03f52a5357cbe6c17dbf6cb0a8 XLWhy earthquakes at mid-ocean ridges are more common at low-tide

Researchers at Colombia University have answered a question that has confounded scientists for decades – why are earthquakes in the ocean linked to low-tide?

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san franEarthquakes: How prepared is San Francisco?

How prepared can any government or city be against a major earthquake? Even if you are a developed nation that throws all the technology you have at the issue, it seems you can only prepare so much

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shutterstock 722769493When a natural disaster strikes, it’s too late to start making maps

Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti the way in which data has been collected during a humanitarian crisis has changed. But we still aren’t using it to maximum effect. New research sheds light on what’s going wrong, and how we can improve

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cartogramsCartograms: sixteen years of major earthquakes

Benjamin Hennig creates a series of cartograms to demonstrate the impact of the 439 major earthquakes which took place between 2001 and 2017

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