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Record-breaking year of earthquakes: 32,828 quakes hit New Zealand in 2016
If you felt like the earth moved more in 2016 than ever before, you’re right: GeoNet says last year set a new annual record for the number of earthquakes hitting New Zealand.
Its monitoring network recorded 32,828 quakes – well up from the annual average of about 20,000 – leading seismologists to dub 2016 “the Groundbreaker”.
The previous most active year was 2011, with 29,000 quakes. GeoNet’s monitoring network has been running for 15 years…
In the eye of a cyclone
Even as the city of Chennai was grappling with the after-effects of the devastating floods of December 2015, exactly a year later, Cyclone Vardah unleashed its fury, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation. At least 16 lives have been lost and more than 12,000 trees have been uprooted due to heavy winds.
The impact has significantly hit the agricultural sector, destroying banana plantations, papaya groves and paddy-fields, causing widespread damage worth up to $1 billion, according to Assocham estimates. An estimated ₹1,000 crore was lost on a single day owing to the unscheduled closure of businesses across the State…
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