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Cyclone Ita: Cooktown residents assess overnight damage with relief

1_images548831SQStrong gales and heavy rain continued to batter far north Queensland on Saturday as Cooktown locals took stock of the damage caused overnight by tropical cyclone Ita and air traffic at Cairns airport was halted.Roofs were ripped from at least two homes and a pub overnight after fierce winds tore through the coastal community. Large trees have been uprooted and branches, fence posts and snapped powerlines lay strewn across roads…

 

Nicaragua earthquake leaves one dead

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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Nicaragua has killed one person, left 33 injured, and damaged more than 800 homes. President Daniel Ortega declared a state of emergency after Thursday’s quake, centred in the Pacific coast region of the Central American nation. He said it caused significant damage and triggered panic among the population. The fatality was a 37-year-old woman who died of a heart attack, said officials at Carlos Roberto Huembes Hospital in Managua. Three of the injured were in serious condition. “There are thousands of families that lost their homes or saw them seriously damaged,” he said. The quake happened at 2327 GMT (0927 AEST Friday) and its epicentre was about 20 kilometres north of the capital at a depth of 10 kilometres, said the US Geological Survey…

 

Earthquake shield: How science could deflect “the big one”

Last week an 8.2 earthquake off the coast of Chile left six dead and triggered tsunami evacuations — along with memories of Japan’s deadly quake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. These unpredictable tremors have long eluded scientific prediction. However a group of French scientists might have found a way to make earthquakes less deadly when they do hit. Their results were published in the journals Physical Review Letters. Strategically placing boreholes around a city or nuclear power plant could redirect seismic waves around the area and to a less inhabited locale…

 

White House Announces America’s PrepareAthon!: First National Day of Action, April 30

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Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–April 7, 2014. Today, the White House announced that the first America’s PrepareAthon! national day of action will take place April 30, 2014. America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through participation in hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring. The campaign was directed as part of the Presidential Policy Directive-8: National Preparedness. On April 30, individuals, families, workplaces, schools and organizations will come together to practice simple actions to stay safe before, during, and after disasters…

 

Could We Cloak a City from an Earthquake?

In an experiment, the scientists drilled boreholes into the ground five meters deep at a regular interval to essentially create a grid of deep holes. Next, they set up seismographic sensors near the holes to monitor how the energy from an artificially generated quake would propagate through the array. They found that the energy refracted around the boreholes according to the principals of acoustics. The idea is that civil engineers in highly seismic regions could drill borehole grids around cities or around nuclear plants to deflect the seismic waves from a damaging earthquake…

 

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