The Surprising Way Japan's 2011 Earthquake Is Still Changing The Climate

The 9.0 Tohoku earthquake damaged thousands of buildings when it ripped through Japan four years ago. Much of that debris is gone now, but the broken buildings had an invisible effect too: The earthquake released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying greenhouse gases into the air.

Manslaughter Conviction For Italian Earthquake Scientists Overturned

In 2012, the Italian courts handed down a decision that you could say sent shockwaves across the world. Seven Italian scientists were sentenced to six years in prison. Their crime? Failing to warn the public about earthquake risks right before a magnitude 6.3 quake killed 309 people. Today, six of those convictions were overturned.

Earthquake Warning App To Give Californians A Head Start On Disaster

Thirty seconds doesn’t seem like a long time, but it can be the window between life and death when an earthquake hits. That’s why Early Warning Labs is teaming up with the U.S. government on an early warning app that will give people in earthquake-prone areas some added time.

Here Is A 3D-Printed Earthquake

When Doug McCune was shaken awake by the Napa earthquake last month, he did what any reasonable person would do in the middle of the night: He downloaded a whole bunch of earthquake data. A few more days of tinkering, and he had created this 3D-printed visualisation of the quake.

Switzerland Could Be Vulnerable To An Alpine Lake Tsunami

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.

Radar Eyes Can See The Scars Of The Napa Valley Quake From Space

The colourful picture you’re looking at isn’t modern art. In fact, it’s a radar image that shows the damage caused by the earthquake that hit California’s Napa Valley at the end of last month.

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.