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Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

What are earthquakes? Gain a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with an e-book and iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED.

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Tales from the Ghost Forests

Tales from the Ghost Forests

When a megathrust earthquake strikes, scientists around the world know in seconds. But what about hundreds of years ago? How, exactly, do scientists know there was a megathrust quake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone on January 26, 1700 between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.? The answer lies in a ghost forest discovered on the Washington coast that reveals the secrets of one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the planet.

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Up, Up and Away: Escaping a Tsunami Vertically

Up, Up and Away: Escaping a Tsunami Vertically

Northwest disaster officials and communities propose new structures for people to get to safety when a killer tsunami wave is on the way, not by trying to outrun the wave, but by trying to out-climb it.

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Induced Seismicity: Man-Made Earthquakes

Induced Seismicity: Man-Made Earthquakes

In California, more renewable energy comes from geothermal energy than solar and wind, combined. Today, a new technology known as Enhanced Geothermal Systems has the potential to extract even more heat and consequently energy to power steam turbines, but it’s not without challenges.

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QUEST Lab: The Shaking Table at UC Berkeley

QUEST Lab: The Shaking Table at UC Berkeley

Khalid Mosalam and his colleagues at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center's Shaking Table Laboratory are helping to make communities safer in an earthquake.

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Megathrust Earthquakes

Megathrust Earthquakes

Experts warn that an offshore quake powerful enough to kill thousands and discharge a tsunami could hit the West Coast any time. QUEST Northwest talks with geologists and seismologists about cutting-edge research in earthquake prediction, and what it would look like if the next “Big One" hits close to home.

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QUEST Earthquake Resources

QUEST Earthquake Resources

Check out some of the stories that QUEST has produced over the years about earthquakes.

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DON'T PANIC (but a tiny bit of radiation was found in U.S. milk)

DON'T PANIC (but a tiny bit of radiation was found in U.S. milk)

"Minuscule" amounts of iodine-131 was found in milk from Washington state.

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The San Francisco Impact of the 2010 Japan Tsunami

The San Francisco Impact of the 2010 Japan Tsunami

On March 12, a one-foot tidal wave was filmed as it slowly surged across the San Francisco Bay. The wave traveling 5000 miles from Japan started out as a 23-foot tsunami off the Japanese coast.

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Earthquake Warning Signs in Tiny Marine Fossils

Earthquake Warning Signs in Tiny Marine Fossils

It feels like the world is still shaking from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit northern Japan on Friday.

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Friend Your Local Fault

Friend Your Local Fault

Earthquakes will never be as predictable as the weather, but if you get to know your nearest faults then earthquakes will be less of a surprise.

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Rivers in the Sky Can Lead to Flooding on the Ground

Rivers in the Sky Can Lead to Flooding on the Ground

One tool to remind ourselves of what is possible when it comes to 'rare' natural events is science.

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Landfill and Liquefaction

Landfill and Liquefaction

Although it may not be obvious at first glance, the bay side of San Francisco is largely artificial.

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Earthquake Preparedness in the Bay Area

Earthquake Preparedness in the Bay Area

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred a couple weeks ago near Christchurch, New Zealand is yet another reminder for those of us living in the Bay Area about the inevitable seismic danger we face. While many details of the New Zealand earthquake are different than what we face in the Bay Area, there are a few aspects that are comparable.

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The New Bay Bridge: Earthquake Makeover

The New Bay Bridge: Earthquake Makeover

The new self-anchored suspension bridge being built to replace the vulnerable eastern span of the Bay Bridge is scheduled to open in 2013 and will be seismically and aesthetically revolutionary in its design. QUEST explores the engineering features that will give the new bridge the strength and flexibility to withstand the next "big one."

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Reporter's Notes: Chasing the Story

Reporter's Notes: Chasing the Story

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that you have to be nimble and resourceful when your story takes you in interesting, unanticipated directions – like today.

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Reporter's Notes: Lessons From Chile

Reporter's Notes: Lessons From Chile

The next big one. Many of us are trying to avoid even thinking about it. But the reality is it is going to happen.

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What Went Wrong with the Buildings in Haiti?

What Went Wrong with the Buildings in Haiti?

Like a lot of people, I've been thinking about the devastation from the earthquake in Haiti, seeing images of collapsed buildings and dead people on the news and in the newspapers.

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Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

On January 26, 1700, at about 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time one of the largest earthquakes ever to strike the Pacific Northwest rumbled across the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This massive earthquake sent a giant 33 foot high tsunami crashing onto shore, inundating the quiet coastline.

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Underwater Update

Underwater Update

We heard about the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's new underwater laboratory in a radio story last fall. When that story aired, the lab (known as the Monterey Accelerated Research System, or MARS) was just getting going, with lots of neat experiments planned. Now, few of those have become a reality.

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