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Earthquakes in Britain: a history

The UK is hit by 20 to 30 earthquakes each year which are powerful enough to be felt by people while hundreds of other smaller tremors are recorded by specialist instruments. Earthquakes can have a number of causes most of which involve a release of pressure from geological faults which builds up due the constant movement within the earth’s crust. The energy is released as seismic waves which shake and displace the ground…

 

Japan to give $578 million to Pacific islands to fight climate change and natural disasters

Photo: Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu in March, killing 11 people. (AAP: Dave Hunt)

Photo: Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu in March, killing 11 people. (AAP: Dave Hunt)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has pledged $578 million in aid to Pacific island nations to help them combat climate change and natural disasters. Mr Abe made the pledge as leaders of 14 Pacific island nations gathered for a two-day meeting, which began on Friday in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, to discuss their development needs…

 

Super Typhoon Dolphin Becomes Earth’s 5th Category 5 Storm of 2015

Super Typhoon Dolphin intensified into a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds and a central pressure of 925 mb at 2 pm EDT Saturday May 16, becoming Earth’s fifth Category 5 storm of the year. Dolphin hung on to Category 5 strength for twelve hours before increasing wind shear helped knock the storm down to a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds by Sunday morning…

 

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