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Where Will the Next Big Earthquake Hit?

Search and rescue team work among the debris of houses after a powerful earthquake hits Katmandu, Nepal on April 26, 2015.

Search and rescue team work among the debris of houses after a powerful earthquake hits Katmandu, Nepal on April 26, 2015.

Where seismic activity meets poverty, you have disaster waiting to happen. For years, seismic experts predicted that a big earthquake would hit the Himalayan region between India and Nepal. The Himalayas are being pushed upwards at the rate of about one centimeter a year as the Indian subcontinent smashes against the Eurasian plate— a process that has been ongoing for millions for years. As the plates thrust against each other huge amounts of pressure builds up until it releases as an earthquake…


Chile: Volcanic ash clean-up underway amid fears Calbuco could erupt again

With heavy machinery and simple shovels, Chile’s soldiers and civilians are working to remove the mounds of ash spewed from the Calbuco Volcano last week. Authorities have set up a 20-km cordon around Calbuco, in the scenic Los Lagos region, some 1,000 km south of Santiago, Chile’s capital. The sheer weight of fallen ash has caused houses, schools and bridges to collapse in the immediate surroundings. It has proved devastating for the owner of a thriving restaurant, now reduced to rubble in Ensenada, the nearest town to Calbuco. But while Wednesday and Thursday’s eruptions wrecked the eatery, they have not dented the determination of its proprietor who says his diner will rise from the ashes…


NSW storms hit to budget

The Baird government is considering a natural disaster fund to protect the NSW budget from worsening storm, flood and fire events. Last week’s storms, which stretched from the Hunter to the Illawarra, will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, mostly in repairs to roads which are uninsured. Ausgrid estimates it has cost $15 million to roll out 500 kilometres of cable, 300 kilometres of service wire and 20 tonnes of cross arms on electricity poles in recent days to replace damaged infrastructure…


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