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Luck isn’t enough: we need to do more to prepare for earthquakes, starting with stronger buildings

The news and images of Nepal’s devastating earthquake reminded me of my own first-hand experience in June 1990 in Iran. I was fast sleep at 12:30am in Tehran when the shock waves and the harsh creaking of our building’s joints woke me. I was jolted as I stood up but managed to keep my balance…

 

Scientists May Have Discovered A Critical Key To Predicting Volcanic Eruptions

View of the Villarrica volcano, one of Chile's most active, taken from Pucon, some 800 km south of Santiago, showing visible signs of activity on May 6, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIAN ESCOBAR        (Photo credit should read SEBASTIAN ESCOBAR/AFP/Getty Images)

View of the Villarrica volcano, one of Chile’s most active, taken from Pucon, some 800 km south of Santiago, showing visible signs of activity on May 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIAN ESCOBAR (Photo credit should read SEBASTIAN ESCOBAR/AFP/Getty Images)

An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unknown trigger of volcanic eruptions — a finding that could give scientists a leg up on predicting blow-ups and saving lives. “Understanding the triggers for volcanic eruptions is vital for forecasting efforts, hazard assessment and risk mitigation,” Dr. Janine Kavanagh, a volcanologist at the University of Liverpool in England and the leader of the team, said in a written statement. “With more than 600 million people worldwide living near a volcano at risk of eruptive activity, it is more important than ever that our understanding of these complex systems and their triggering mechanisms is improved.”…

 

Why leaving your comfort zone can be so rewarding

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” “Anything you to do to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone will ultimately enable you to take larger risks and grow.” I’m sure we’ve all read plenty of quotes and articles about the importance of escaping your comfort zone. I know I have. But for years, I’d always taken this type of advice with a pinch of salt. That was until I started my own business. Now, doing something new, frightening and out of my comfort zone is an almost daily experience…

 

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