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Archive for the ‘Earthquakes’ Category

Christchurch Earthquake

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

We have been following events in Christchurch, New Zealand, since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the city back on September 4th.  The library at the University of Canterbury was damaged by the quake and was scheduled to re-open this month.  Sadly, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city yesterday and there are fatalities.  Here’s a link to an article about the earthquake from the Christian Science Monitor:  You can also follow news reports and personal accounts on Twitter by searching #christchurch.

Earthquake Tour

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

We usually think of California when we think earthquakes in the U.S., but one of the most significant earthquakes to strike in North America actually happened in the New Madrid Seismic Zone two hundred years ago. Check out this site to see information about the “Earthquake Tour,” commemorating the bicentennial of the New Madrid quake in 1811.  The tour begins tomorrow (Feb. 4, 2011) and continues on through this year with sessions in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and the other states adjacent to the New Madrid fault.  Be sure to explore the “Quick Links” section, especially the wonderful “Great Central U.S. Shakeout” site at   The Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) site at is also a rich resource for increasing awareness and knowledge about earthquakes and for advice about how to be prepared and stay safe in an earthquake.

Update: Central Library @ University of Canterbury

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

On September 4, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch, New Zealand, resulting in considerable damage to the area. One building that was severely impacted by the earthquake was the Central Library at the University of Canterbury. After months of renovation, the library is scheduled to fully open this month.

Click on this URL for pictures of the library after the earthquake:

Click on this URL for an FAQ on the status of the Central Library:

Information on Natural Disasters

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Click here to view a wonderfully illustrated and very informative web page from National Geographic.  The page provides information on tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes, and includes maps and case studies.