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The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

California’s drought is causing all sorts of problems, but one of the most surprising is the fact that the water shortage may actually increase the chance of an earthquake. New research shows that the

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Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills has become the latest city in the United States (and the first city in California) to ban hydraulic fracturing -- the controversial practice of blasting a mix of water and chemicals into

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8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Coast of Chile

8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Coast of Chile

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Chile last night, triggering multiple aftershocks and a six-foot tsunami. The earthquake hit just 50 miles southwest of Cuya, Chile at 6.2 miles deep

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8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

IKEA Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelter This flat pack, easy to transport shelter was developed in collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

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Alaskan Earthquake Could Hit California with a Monster Tsunami Costing $700 Million

Alaskan Earthquake Could Hit California with a Monster Tsunami Costing $700 Million

Photo via Shutterstock Natural disasters tend to strike when we're least prepared. Horrified by the long-term damage caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, researchers from the U.S.

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Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracking. It’s a process that involves injecting gallons of water, sand, and chemicals at enormous pressure to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock formations.

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Giant Pendulums Could Save Japanese Skyscrapers During Earthquakes

Giant Pendulums Could Save Japanese Skyscrapers During Earthquakes

While small earthquakes are relatively common in Japan, the country is always preparing for the potential of a devastating large-scale event. As a result, curious, innovative technologies often

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World’s Most Powerful Climate Change Supercomputer Switches on at National Center for Atmospheric Research

World’s Most Powerful Climate Change Supercomputer Switches on at National Center for Atmospheric Research

This week the world’s most powerful climate change supercomputer switched on at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). The 1.5-petaflop IBM supercomputer

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Wellington’s Kumutoto Toilets Resemble Giant Sea Monsters With a Tail for Ventilation

Wellington’s Kumutoto Toilets Resemble Giant Sea Monsters With a Tail for Ventilation

These scaly public restrooms in New Zealand look like giant sea monsters, but their form actually follows function, as the shape of the tail promotes natural ventilation. When commissioned to design a

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Underground Carbon Capture and Storage Could Cause Devastating Earthquakes

Underground Carbon Capture and Storage Could Cause Devastating Earthquakes

Carbon dioxide storage has long been discussed as a way of offsetting emissions from construction companies and other polluters. However it has also faced severe criticism as being a way for rich firms to

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The Chen House is a Disaster-Proof Farmhouse in Taiwan

The Chen House is a Disaster-Proof Farmhouse in Taiwan

Flood waters escape underneath the mahogany home, which is lifted off the ground, while the brick chimney along with the bathroom and kitchen area gives the otherwise lightweight home grounding and

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Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Thinking beyond creating something flashy or fashionable, Japanese designer Hikaru Imamura designed the Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery; an emergency kit packed with essentials for earthquake

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If a Mega-Earthquake Hit Tokyo, It Would Kill Close to 10,000

If a Mega-Earthquake Hit Tokyo, It Would Kill Close to 10,000

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government released new data this week detailing what would happen if the Japanese capital were hit with a major earthquake. According to the projection, a 7.3-magnitude quake would

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New EQ-Top Seismic Wallpaper Can Save Lives in an Earthquake

New EQ-Top Seismic Wallpaper Can Save Lives in an Earthquake

Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Bayer have developed a seismic wallpaper that can hold up building walls during earthquakes. The system, called EQ-Top, is a glass fiber fabric that

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AIA and Architecture for Humanity Team Up To Help Architects Respond To Disasters

AIA and Architecture for Humanity Team Up To Help Architects Respond To Disasters

Last month the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and nonprofit Architecture for Humanity teamed up to launch ArchitectsRebuild.org, a new website that promises to help architects contribute to

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Regulators in Ohio Declare Fracking Causes Earthquakes, Increase Regulations

Regulators in Ohio Declare Fracking Causes Earthquakes, Increase Regulations

New regulations are coming to the Ohio natural gas industry thanks to the discovery that misplaced hydraulic fracturing wells are the cause of earthquakes in the area. Ohio regulators discovered that lack

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Researchers Predict Another Huge Japan Earthquake Likely in the Next 4 Years

Researchers Predict Another Huge Japan Earthquake Likely in the Next 4 Years

Researchers have released the worrisome results of a study showing that there is a 70% possibility of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hitting Tokyo in the next four years and a whopping 98% possibility that

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New Report Says Fracking Causes Small Earthquakes

New Report Says Fracking Causes Small Earthquakes

A report by UK energy company Cuadrilla Resources, which has investments in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for natural gas, found that pumping fluid into the ground at two of their hydraulic

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The Geoid: New Gravity Map of the Earth Helps Us Understand the World’s Climate

The Geoid: New Gravity Map of the Earth Helps Us Understand the World’s Climate

The European Space Agency's GOCE satellite has returned detailed images of the world's varying gravitational signals that reveal a multi-colored 'Potato Earth'.

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Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

In light of the world's recent earthquakes, finding a quake-proof building material is a top priority. A group of Japanese researchers are answering the call. They've developed a super elastic iron alloy

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