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Everything to Know About Earthquakes You Should:DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquakes knocks you down). This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won't fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around. You Should NOT:RUN OUTSIDE or to other rooms during shaking: The area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be.

'Elephant Rock' in Taranaki truncated Part of an iconic rock formation in Taranaki, known as Elephant Rock, has collapsed, with the elephant's 'trunk' completely wiped out. Elephant Rock as it now appears. Photo: Supplied / Mike Brown You live in a world full of risks. These are the biggest The past year will be remembered for dramatic political results that broke with consensus expectations: Brexit, the surprise election victory of Donald Trump, the ongoing refugee crisis, increasing geopolitical tensions and the continued threat of terrorism all left their stamp on 2016. As the World Economic Forum looks at perceived risks in its 2017 Global Risk Report, some of these trends come out very clearly as pressing concerns for our future. In this year’s annual survey, some 750 experts assessed 30 global risks, as well as 13 underlying trends that could amplify them or alter the interconnections between them. Image: World Economic Forum Extreme weather most likely threat

Christianity and Sex, A Free Man's Worship from the book Why I Am Not a Christian and other essays on religion and related subjects by Bertrand Russell Christianity and Sex, A Free Man's Worship excerpted from the book Why I Am Not a Christian and other essays on religion and related subjects Genetic Atlas of Human Admixture History An interactive map of human genetic history finally has been published. A report of the research, "A Genetic Atlas of Human Admixture History," is revealed in Science, February 13, 2014. The interactive map, produced by researchers from Oxford University and the University College London (UCL), details the histories of genetic mixing between each of the 95 populations across Europe, Africa, Asia and South America spanning the last four millennia. You can check out the admixture atlas here.

The 10 deadliest earthquakes in history A look at the worst earthquakes in recorded history, in loss of human life. (The March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsumani that affected eastern Japan is not included because the fatalities caused, about 15,000, are fewer than those resulting from the temblors listed below.) Sources: United States Geological Survey, Encyclopedia Britannica 1: Shensi, China, Jan. 23, 1556 Magnitude about 8, about 830,000 deaths. This earthquake occurred in the Shaanxi province (formerly Shensi), China, about 50 miles east-northeast of Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi. More than 830,000 people are estimated to have been killed. Damage extended as far away as about 270 miles northeast of the epicenter, with reports as far as Liuyang in Hunan, more than 500 miles away.

*Creating Earthquake Heat Maps: Temperature Spikes Leave Clues in the Rock Lamont Associate Research Professor Heather Savage explains how scientists are using biomarkers and temperature to locate past earthquake activity. When you rub your hands together to warm them, the friction creates heat. The same thing happens during earthquakes, only on a much larger scale: When a fault slips, the temperature can spike by hundreds of degrees, high enough to alter organic compounds in the rocks and leave a signature. A team of scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has been developing methods to use those organic signatures to reconstruct past earthquakes and explore where those earthquakes started and stopped and how they moved through the fault zone. The information could eventually help scientists better understand what controls earthquakes.

*****Inertia: UK Police defend choice to warn thousands to evacuate as storm falters Police and Environment Agency officials today defended their decision to warn tens of thousands of people living near the east coast of England to leave their homes because they were at risk of flooding. Thousands were evacuated on Friday after the Environment Agency issued 17 severe weather warnings – which warn of danger to life – with people living in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex told they were most at risk. But in the early hours of Saturday the final tranche of those who had heeded the warnings and left – a group of residents from Jaywick, Essex – were told they could return home. While they expressed relief that the predicted storm surge had failed to deliver the chaos expected, some questioned whether the warnings had been necessary. Many had refused to leave their homes, despite an emergency services evacuation plan and pleas from Essex police for them to move to safety. Resident Brenda Smith, 71, one of those who refused to leave, described the warnings as a “load of rubbish”.

Adam Kokesh and Transvestites, Potheads, Anarchists and Atheists “ I will be praying for Adam Kokesh, for his safety, that God will guide him. ” Those were the final words of my column last week. Despite my prayers, Adam is now in a Federal Detention Center, being held without bail, charged with assaulting a federal officer and resisting arrest. But there’s one problem: I’ve watched several videos of the event (from different angles) and there appears to be no evidence to support the government’s charge.

Survival of the ... Nicest? Check Out the Other Theory of Evolution by Eric Michael Johnson A new theory of human origins says cooperation—not competition—is instinctive. posted May 03, 2013 A century ago, industrialists like Andrew Carnegie believed that Darwin’s theories justified an economy of vicious competition and inequality. They left us with an ideological legacy that says the corporate economy, in which wealth concentrates in the hands of a few, produces the best for humanity. Types of earthquakes What are the types of earthquakes? Earthquakes can come in three main forms, depending on the plate movements that occur beneath the earth's surface. They could occur on a Convergent Boundary, Divergent Boundary or a Transform Fault. Convergent boundary: Here, one plate is forced over another plate during movement creating a thrust fault.

Can Asteroids, Meteorites or Man-Made Explosions Cause Tsunamis? - International Tsunami Information Center Fortunately, for mankind, it is indeed very rare for a meteorite or an asteroid to reach the earth. Although no documented tsunami has ever been generated by an asteroid impact, the effects of such an event would be disastrous. Most meteorites burn as they reach the earth's atmosphere. However, large meteorites have hit the earth's surface in the distant past. This is indicated by large craters, which have been found in different parts of the earth. Also, it is possible that an asteroid may have fallen on the earth in prehistoric times - the last one some 65 million years ago during the Cretaceous period.

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