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Earthquakes and tsunamis may be more dangerous than we thought

May 4th, 2021

Natural disasters come in all forms, but some are certainly more devastating than others. A small tornado that tears through an unpopulated countryside is less serious than a super-powerful hurricane that slams into large coastal communities, for example. Earthquakes and tsunamis are both natural phenomena that occur due to the stress that builds up between …

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Want protection from a tsunami? Build parks, researchers say

May 5th, 2020

Researchers tested tsunami protection “parks” that consist of rolling hills in place of concrete sea walls to see if the alternative is feasible. In simulations, hills of earth protected at least as well as large concrete sea walls. Depending on the circumstances, these green areas could serve as parks for coastal residents while still offering …

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Indonesian volcano that produced monster tsunami has been obliterated

December 27th, 2018

Over the weekend a volcano in Indonesia erupted and spawned a tsunami that slammed into the island nation and claimed hundreds of lives. There was little warning for those in coastal towns and the destruction was widespread. The country is just beginning to dig itself out from the tragic event. Now, thanks to satellite images …

Google Translate for Android updated in wake of Japan crisis

March 18th, 2011

In the wake of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, Google has issued an experimental version of its Translate application for Android. “Download this experimental version of Google Translate for Android to translate text automatically between Japanese and over 50 other languages,” writes Google. “You can also use Conversation Mode for speech-to-speech translation between English, Spanish …

Boost Mobile to waive fees for texts and calls to Japan

March 17th, 2011

In response to the tsunami and earthquake, Boost Mobile has announced that it’s joining other U.S. carriers in waiving fees for texts and calls to Japan. It will credit international fees for text messages and surcharges made for voice calls to Japan for a one-month period. Boost Mobile says its airtime rate of $0.10 per …

iPad 2 and iPhone 4 shortages expected in wake of Japan earthquake, tsunami

March 17th, 2011

Two of Apple’s component suppliers, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co and Toshiba, have reportedly shut down some of their operations in Japan in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, this could result in shortages of Apple’s iPad 2 and iPhone 4 in March, through the rest …