Posts filed under “Science”

Are huge earthquakes linked?

>

New Scientist.com:

“What is clear is that for the 6.2 years since 2004, there have been more great earthquakes around the world than in any 6.2-year period throughout the 110-year history of seismic recordings.”
-Thorne Lay at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

>

Source:
The megaquake connection: Are huge earthquakes linked?
Catherine Brahic
New Scientist, 16 March 2011
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20928043.000-the-megaquake-connection-are-huge-earthquakes-linked.html

Category: Current Affairs, Science

Video: Tsunami Wipes Out Oirase, Japan Harbor

March 11 eyewitness video: In under 10 minutes, a harbor in Oirase Town, Aomori Prefecture is wiped out. A huge dry area that completely fills with water, showing just how much Ocean is moved by the Tsunami.

Hat tip boingboing

Category: Science, Video

Earthquake/Nuclear Accident Warnings Ignored by Japan

“In the 40 years that Japan had been building nuclear plants, seismic activity was, fortunately or unfortunately, relatively quiet. Not a single nuclear facility was struck by a big quake. The government, along with the power industry and the academic community, all developed the habit of underestimating the potential risks posed by major quakes. “Since…Read More

Category: Energy, Really, really bad calls, Science

Perigee Moon

Via NASA >

Category: Science, Weekend

Understanding the Radioactivity at Fukushima

A physics and engineering perspective Prof. Ben Monreal, UCSB Department of Physics > Understanding the radioactivity at Fukushima ~~~ > Understanding the radioactivity at Fukushima View more presentations from ritholtz.

Category: Science, Think Tank

Radiation Dose Chart

Via xkcd comes this very informative chart on radiation exposure: > click for ginormous graphic > Sources: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part020/ http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/tritium-radiation-fs.html http://www.nema.ne.gov/technological/dose-limits.html http://www.deq.idaho.gov/inl_oversight/radiation/dose_calculator.cfm http://www.deq.idaho.gov/inl_oversight/radiation/radiation_guide.cfm http://mitnse.com/ http://www.mext.go.jp/component/a_menu/other/detail/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2011/03/18/1303727_1716.pdf http://blog.vornaskotti.com/2010/07/15/into-the-zone-chernobyl-pripyat/ http://dels-old.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/rerf_final.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sievert > Hat tip Flowing Data

Category: Energy, Science

WeatherSpark Chart Madness

For you hardcore weather bugs, WeatherSpark is sheer chart overload! > click for interactive weather madness! (note the buy and sell patterns!) hat tip Flowing Data

Category: Digital Media, Science

UN: Radiation to Hit U.S. By Friday

Washington’s Blog strives to provide real-time, well-researched and actionable information.  George – the head writer at Washington’s Blog – is a busy professional and a former adjunct professor. ~~~ The New York Times notes: A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across…Read More

Category: Energy, Science, Think Tank

When Plates Collide

Informative eye candy from Good about the various earthquake danger zones. > click for ginormous graphic >

Category: Digital Media, Science

Japan Quake: Interactive Before and After Satellite Photos

Amazing before and after photos via German news magazine Spiegel of numerous Japanese towns and cities. (Can anyone translate the headline/sub hed for me, or point to an English language version?) In the interactive version, you can grab a slider and run it across the full photo: > click for interactive version Hat tip Edward…Read More

Category: Digital Media, Science