The power of New Zealand’s Alpine Fault
To the north, at Gaunt Creek, the fault line extrudes from the ground. It’s one of the few places on earth where you can touch a fault.
Pressure is building along one of the most active fault lines in the world and New Zealand is in a race to be ready.
The Alpine Fault runs along the country’s South Island and it has a history of sudden movements.
Scientists can read the lakes and old-growth forests in the foothills of the Southern Alps and learn about what’s come before.
What they have found reveals a great earthquake, one of the biggest in New Zealand’s modern history, is due…
Earlier flood forecasting could help avoid disaster in Japan
In Japan, thousands of homes and businesses and hundreds of lives have been lost to typhoons. But now, researchers have revealed that a new flood forecasting system could provide earlier flood warnings, giving people more time to prepare or evacuate, and potentially saving lives.
In a study published this month in Scientific Reports, researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science have shown that a recently developed flood forecasting system provides much earlier advance warnings of extreme flooding events than current systems…
Greater risk for babies born during natural disasters
Pregnant women exposed to natural disasters such as volcanoes are more likely to give birth prematurely, according to a new study from the Australian National University (ANU).
The survey targets pregnant women who have evacuated from a village near Mount Sinabung volcano in Indonesia, which has been active since 2010. The study, led by Dr. Geoff Kushnick of ANU, increases the likelihood of preterm and preterm births as well as those babies. Woman People who evacuated were also born short.
“The fact that babies were born at normal birth weight, but shorter, was not seen in previous studies,” said Dr. Kushnick. “It may have been related to the stress these mothers were experiencing, impeding placental development and disrupting normal growth patterns,” said Alison Behier, co-author of the study.
Preterm birth can have long-term health consequences for both mothers and babies…