Tuesday, March 21, 2006


On Shaky Ground

With the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake approaching (Apr. 18), the latest issue of National Geographic magazine is largely devoted to that earthquake and earthquakes in general. The articles in the magazine detail how our understanding of earthquakes has increased since 1906 and the current strides being made by seismologists in predicting when and where earthquakes will occur. The issue includes a fold-out earthquake risk map of the world. The map also includes locations and information on the ten deadliest earthquakes and the 10 costliest earthquakes in the past 100 years. Amazingly, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake does not make either list, although the Loma Prieta earthquake (a.k.a. "World Series earthquake") is on the costliest list. If you are interested in historical earthquakes, then I would recommend this issue.

OK, enough free advertising for National Geographic. In addition to the earthquake resources listed in Western Geologist's previous post, the US Geological Survey has a real-time list of recent earthquakes with maps for both the US and the entire globe. They also have top ten lists, earthquake stats, earthquake trivia, and today in earthquake history. Jump on over and have a look around.

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