You can’t predict an earthquake, even though some have tried. We can, however, use past seismic events to learn enough about our planet to be prepared.
Three significant earthquakes off the coast of Mexico on the 11 and 12 April 2012 are the latest in a series of tremors to occur alongthe country’s Pacific coast. An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 (M6.5) off central Mexico was followed by two of M6.2 and M6.9 which occurred in the Gulf of California hundreds of […]
An earthquake of magnitude 8.6 (M8.6) struck off the northern coast of Sumatra in the early hours of April 11, 2012, triggering a tsunami warning across the Indian Ocean: the NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center alerted agencies to the fact that ‘earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can […]
An earthquake which struck in south-western Siberia on February 26, 2012 was unusual for an event of its magnitude (early indications are that it was around 6.7 magnitude) in that it occurred in an area of relative tectonic stability. A glance at the US Geological Survey (USGS) earthquake map of the region since 1990 shows […]
The Earth moved for many over this Valentine’s Day, but not due to romance – a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck around 250 km off the west coast of Oregon on February 14, 2012. The Valentine’s Day quake is notable not only for its size (it is one of the largest ever to have occurred in […]
The island of Papua New Guinea, on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, was struck by a major earthquake on 14 December 2011. Originally recorded as having a magnitude of 7.3, the tremor was later downgraded by the United States Geological Survey to M7.1, though it still rates as one of the year’s largest […]