Science & Environment By Mary Halton Science reporter, BBC News 24 March 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43432625 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsMexico earthquake Earthquake early warning … [Read more...] about Are earthquake warnings effective?
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An early warning system that might have prevented some deaths in the tsunami that hit an Indonesian island on Friday has been stalled in the testing phase for years. The high-tech system of seafloor sensors, data-laden sound waves and fiber-optic cable was meant to replace a system set up after an earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 250,000 people in the region in 2004. But inter-agency wrangling and delays in getting just 1 billion rupiah ($69,000) to complete the project mean the system hasn't moved beyond a prototype developed with $3 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation. It is too late for central Sulawesi, where walls of water up to 6 meters (20 feet) high and a magnitude 7.5 earthquake killed at least 832 people in the cities of Palu and Donggala, tragically highlighting the weaknesses of the existing warning system and low public awareness about how to respond to warnings. "To me this is a tragedy for science, even more so a tragedy for the Indonesian people as the … [Read more...] about Why Indonesia still lacks an adequate tsunami warning system
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook Hawaii's Big Island on Friday, prompting fresh eruptions of a volcano that has been spewing lava near residential areas, forcing hundreds of people to flee. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 12:32 pm (2232 GMT) and was centered on the south flank of the Kilauea volcano, which first erupted on Thursday after a series of tremors. "This is in almost exactly the same location as the deadly 1975 M 7.1 quake," USGC said in a tweet. That quake killed two people and injured 28. Another 5.7-magnitude tremor had hit the island earlier on Friday and authorities said they expect more seismic activity. The quakes have prompted the Kilauea volcano, one of five active on the island, to erupt. Drone and video footage showed orange magma gushing up from cracks in the ground and snaking through a wooded area. Molten lava could also be seen bubbling up through cracks on streets in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens neighborhood where residents were … [Read more...] about 6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Hawaii, prompts fresh volcano eruptions
An earthquake could destroy hundreds of buildings along California’s famed Sunset Strip, a new study has found. An analysis conducted by the city of West Hollywood, an upscale enclave of Los Angeles that hosts much of the colourful route, found that more than 800 buildings in the area are uniquely vulnerable to a powerful tremblor. “A significant earthquake will not only affect life safety, but also loss of shelter and significant economic loss”, the city said in announcing the numbers. Read more At least 18 killed in new Papua New Guinea earthquake Cumbria hit by 3.2-magnitude earthquake, shaking houses Thousands report feeling 4.4 magnitude earthquake in England The study grew out of a city ordinance adopting a plan to seismically retrofit at-risk structures, guarding against the likelihood of the earth shaking. Many of the vulnerable buildings identified are wood-frame structures, the kind of old housing stock that is more likely to collapse during a quake. … [Read more...] about Earthquake could devastate California’s Sunset Strip, study finds