This Truck Shakes The Ground So Hard It Can Simulate Earthquakes

The shaking of minor earthquakes can feel like a garbage truck driving by. T-Rex is no plain old garbage truck though. The 29,029kg “mobile hydraulic shaker” is designed specifically to make the ground rattle and jolt — all so scientists can study how the ground reacts to earthquakes.

These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities In The Past And Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, row houses are torn down, neighbourhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in and of themselves, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing.

5 Ways Humans Can Cause Earthquakes

It’s 2013. We’ve sent humans to the moon and can send trillions of gigabytes zipping around the world with the tap of finger, but still — still – we can’t predict earthquakes. But we do know this: Messing around with a fault — injecting things in it, taking things out of it — can induce earthquakes.

This Is How Tectonic Plates Make The Earth's Surface Wobble

Where tectonic plates meet, there’s trouble — we all know that from primary school — but you might not realise just how much movement they cause when earthquakes aren’t happening. This GIF shows in centimetre-accuracy just how dramatic their effects can be.

You Can Bid Online To Destroy This New Zealand Building

Planned building demolition is awesome. Watching explosives reduce a building to a neat, smoking heap of the monolith it once always serves to put a childish smile on my face, and I bet a lot of you are the same. That’s why my inner child went nuts when I saw that you can now bid on the chance to demolish a building in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Victorian Earthquake Got Telstra Talking

The things it takes to get you people to phone your parents. As Victoria stopped shaking last night, everyone on Telstra seemingly took out their phones and started doing the ring-around, according to a network traffic graph released by the telco.

This Cat Played It Cool In Melbourne Earthquake

Clearly, this cat is all out of f**ks to give. While you were all out there in a tizzy about the earthquake in Victoria last night, this cat was playing it cool.

$320 Million Of Cheese Destroyed In Italian Earthquake

On Sunday, Northern Italy was rocked by a magnitude-6.0 earthquake. In the process, many cheese factories in the region suffered damage — and it is estimated that over 300,000 wheels of cheese, thought to be worth at least $US320 million, have been destroyed.

Popular Mechanics QuakeTracker: Tectonic Tracker

I’ve lived in California all my life. While I shrug off any earthquakes below a 5.0, I know that the “Big One” is coming. That’s what they’ve been telling me all my life. The “Big One” is coming and we’re all doomed. To feed my paranoia of falling into the Pacific Ocean, Popular Mechanics has an app to track earthquakes. Awesome?

The Japan Earthquake Weakened Japan's Gravity

The Japan earthquake in March was big. Obviously. But recent satellite analysis by researchers reveal it was so big that it actually affected the gravitational field surrounding Japan.

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