tsunamis

Vertical Tsunami Shelters Will Help People Get To Higher Ground, Fast

The threat of a tsunami is a very real thing for much of the Pacific coastline, yet many cities in the US haven’t taken specific infrastructural measures to ensure their residents are safe when they happen. A new building in Washington will have the first purpose-built tsunami shelter in the country, offering accessible safety in a second-story room.


A Timelapse Of All The Earthquakes From This Record-Breaking April

Didn’t it seem to you that the ground was exceptionally shaky last month? That there were reports on big earthquakes happening somewhere pretty much every week? It wasn’t just your imagination: April produced a higher-than-normal number of moderate-to-large earthquakes, and you can see it for yourself.


Animation Explains How Tsunamis Form And Why They're So Scary

Waves come from the wind so tsunamis, which are basically bigger waves, must come from more wind, right? Not exactly. This cute animation explains that though normal waves are formed from above, tsunamis come from below from volcanic eruptions, landslides and earthquakes. They’re the real monsters of the sea.


Flood-Powered Gate Automatically Raises As The Waters Rise

Deploying the improved infrastructure that will hopefully help prevent future tsunamis from devastating Japan is an expensive endeavour. So researchers are developing new and cheaper ways to protect the country, like this innovative floodgate that deploys automatically when waters come rushing in — no power or human operators required.


Fish Sails From Japan To Washington On Unmanned Tsunami Boat

On an epic two-year journey across the Pacific, a bait box in a Japanese boat turned into an aquarium when five striped beakfish made it their home. The 6m fibreglass boat probably started off from Japan when the tsunami hit in March 2011.


Japan Turns Sole Surviving Tsunami Tree Into Gigantic Sculpture

Two years ago today, Japan was ravaged by a horrible tsunami. Now, there’s a new memorial dedicated to the tragedy: the “miracle tree” that survived the surge has now been converted into a sculpture.


US Military Tested A Tsunami Bomb That Could Rival The Nuclear Bomb

We’ve all seen the destruction that tsunamis can cause. It doesn’t play around. But back in 1944, the US military wanted to play around with tsunamis in hope of creating a man made tsunami bomb — basically setting off 10 large blasts in the ocean to create a 10m tsunami that would pulverise and drown a city.


Why Aren't We Afraid Of A Tsunami Hitting San Francisco?

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?


Aussie Builds A Survival Pod That Lets You Ride Out Tsunamis In Relative Comfort

Inspired by the tragic tsunamis that hit Japan last year, Australian houseboat builder Matt Duncan decided to design and construct the ultimate lifejacket. What he came up with was the Tsunami Survival Pod, designed to protect up to four passengers from rushing waters and dangerous debris.


Fukushima Fish Soaked In Record Levels Of Radiation

During last year’s nuclear disaster, the deadly radiation inside Fukushima 1, became one with the surrounding environment, contaminating everything. Things aren’t getting any better. Record quantities of the deadly radioactive isotope caesium-137 have just been discovered in the fisheries around Fukushima.


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