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The Really Big One

big oneWhen the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh. Earthquakes are common in Japan—that one was the third of the week—and the participants were, after all, at a seismology conference. Then everyone in the room checked the time…



Volcano cluster thought to be 50 million years old accidentally discovered off coast of Sydney

Four extinct volcanoes likely to be 50 million years old have been accidently discovered about 250 kilometres off Sydney’s coast. Australian research vessel Investigator found the volcanoes nearly five kilometres under the ocean surface while searching for nursery grounds for larval lobsters and fish. It was an exciting, serendipitous discovery, according to voyage chief scientist Professor Iain Suthers, from the University of New South Wales…


Violence, natural disasters multiply maternal mortality in Colombia

Armed conflict and natural disasters have made maternal mortality, in the more vulnerable areas of Colombia, 7.6 times greater than in areas unaffected by such scourges, U.N. agencies said here Friday. On the occasion of World Population Day, to be observed this Sunday, the U.N. Population Fund, UN Women and the Bogota delegation of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, held a forum on the subject of ensuring the rights of adolescents, young adults and women in emergency situations…


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