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The Lid Comes Off Fukushima Daiichi, “Japan’s Ground Zero”: The Devastating Consequences of Government Inaction

The Lid Comes Off Fukushima Daiichi, “Japan’s Ground Zero” The Devastating Consequences of Government Inaction

Japan’s searing summer of 2013 saw the lid slide further off Fukushima Daiichi and its Pandora’s box of radioactive and political crises. The company in charge, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), already Japan’s most distrusted firm,2 was irredeemably exposed as dangerously incompetent. A slew of reports concerning leaks of high-level radiation led to increasingly concerned appeals, from within Japan and from overseas, for the Abe Shinzo government to take over at Fukushima Daiichi. Read More »

Many older L.A. buildings could collapse in an earthquake

Many older L.A. buildings could collapse in an earthquake

More than 1,000 old concrete buildings in Los Angeles and hundreds more throughout the county may be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake, according to a Times analysis. By the most conservative estimate, as many as 50 of these buildings in the city alone would be destroyed, exposing thousands to injury or death. Read More »

Terraforming Earth: Geoengineering megaplan starts now

Terraforming Earth Geoengineering megaplan starts now

THIS is how we will hold off disaster. To help us avoid dangerous climate change, we will need to create the largest industry in history: to suck greenhouse gases out of the air on a giant scale. For the first time, we can sketch out this future industry – known as geoengineering – and identify where it would operate. Read More »

Typhoon tracking toward Fukushima, to hit area in 2 days

Typhoon tracking toward Fukushima, to hit area in 2 days

Wind gusts to 195 kph (120 mph) were felt across Yoron Island, as the eye of Danas passed directly overhead. [...] areas affected by the typhoon will have to contend with potentially life-threatening flooding and damaging winds. [...] Danas will still produce locally damaging winds along with the threat for flooding rainfall and mudslides as it moves across northern Honshu Wednesday into Wednesday night. [...] Another cold front will then bring the threat for a soaking rainfall to much of Japan from later Friday into Saturday. Read More »

Yellowstone National Park Registers 130 Earthquakes in Less Than a Week

Yellowstone National Park Registers 130 Earthquakes in Less Than a Week

A total of 130 earthquakes shook Yellowstone National Park between Sept. 10 and Sept. 15, according to a University of Utah press release, though most were too small for a person to feel. Bob Smith is a geophysicist who has spent the last 53 years monitoring seismic activity in and around the Yellowstone Caldera. During this time, he told The Associated Press, he only recently witnessed two simultaneous earthquake swarms, or groupings. Then, last week, he detected three. Read More »

Series of 6 quakes strikes in storm-stricken Mexico

Series of 6 quakes strikes in storm-stricken Mexico

MEXICO CITY: A series of at least six earthquakes — two reaching at least 5.0- magnitude — struck Sunday in the Mexican state of Guerrero, which is still reeling from deadly tropical storms last month. The epicenter of the strongest quake — 5.21-magnitude, at 9.27 local time (1527 GMT), according to the National Seismological Service — was located in the ... Read More »

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