Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’

Pandas: Unshakeable

August 26, 2011

Pandas: Unshakeable

Many animals at DC’s National Zoo were upset by the recent earthquake. Even before the quake struck, red ruffed lemurs were alarm-barking, Iris the orangutan yelled, and the flamingos huddled together in a big pink ball.

The Giant Pandas were neither stirred nor shaken. They just sat there, chewing bamboo. Those critters are tough. They’re from China. They were probably thinking: “Pah. You call that an earthquake?”

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Earthquake Aftershock

August 24, 2011

For your post-earthquake dining and dancing pleasure, Eilen Jewell performs a classic 1960 song by Johnny Kidd.

Related:

“Sheet Music of the Week: All Shook Up Edition,” Pat Padua, In The Muse blog, Library of Congress

“At least 5 aftershocks registered after East Coast quake,” AP via USA Today

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Earthquake Today. Next: Hurricane.

August 23, 2011

Phil Plait’s animation (above) shows how the shock of today’s earthquake rippled across the country.  The seismic wave also rolled across the Blogosphere and Twitterverse:

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Earthquake Shocks Reach Outer Space

March 14, 2011

 Earthquake Shocks Reach Outer Space

When the space shuttle Discovery (STS-133) visited the International Space Station (ISS), the Japanese robotic space freighter KOUNOTORI2 was already up there, and the station crew moved it to an alternate location. Discovery left for earth, and the crew moved the freighter back to the original port to continue working.  When the earthquake struck Japan, the Japanese space program’s ground control station at Tsukuba was evacuated due to power failure and shortages of fuel and water.  Photos indicate some interior damage, but there are no reports of injuries. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has  passed control of the space station’s Kibo module to NASA ground facilities in Houston and Huntsville.  The unmanned Japanese supply ship remains at the ISS and scheduled work with it has been postponed.

 

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Wave of Relief in Japan

February 28, 2010

Wave of Relief in Japan

Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated the eastern coast of Japan yesterday in advance of predicted tsunamis. Powerful waves were anticipated, produced by the massive earthquake that struck Chile, on the other side of the Pacific.  Japan, always attentive to seismic events, had just been struck by a strong temblor of its own in the Ryukyu Islands, near Okinawa.

Relieved officials of Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a downgraded tsunami alert Sunday evening after the waves were milder than expected. Officials cautioned that tidal swells of up to 6 feet were still possible. NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had cancelled a similar warning for Hawaii, where initial seismic-reaction waves reached about 3 feet tall.

 

Image (“The Great Wipeout Off Kanagawa, after Hokusai”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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California Earthquake

January 10, 2010

The Left Coast experienced a major earthquake at 4:27 PM Pacific Time on January 9th. We blame George Fox, Mario Puzo, and Universal Studios.

There isn’t a decent streaming version of Rodney Crowell’s magnificent “California Earthquake” song on the Web, and the John Hartford and Danney Ball songs of the same name are unbearable. You’ll have to make do with tunes on this theme by Chan Romero (performed by The Little Girls) and Norman Greenbaum.

If you’re a Californian preparing a playlist to accompany The Big One, we recommend Zion Train, Jeff Beck, Converge, and a group with a long name. Caution: Listening to earthquake music with iPod headphones may lead to deafness.

 

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