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Earthquake Tracker: The latest quakes in California and across the world
"This earthquake map created in The Chronicle’s newsroom highlights quakes that have occurred in the past 30 days and focuses on epicenters in California. The data updates in real time and comes from the U.S. Geological Survey."
maps  mapping  earthquakes  california  2019 
april 2019 by robertogreco
Earthquake Early Warning Mobile App - Early Warning Labs
"The next big US earthquake is overdue. What if you could know about a quake before it strikes? Now you can. Early Warning Labs will soon release the beta update to QuakeAlert, a 100% free app that gives a warning up to 60 seconds before a dangerous quake."

[See also: "Angelenos might have an earthquake early warning app by the end of 2018: For a 5.3 quake near the Channel Islands today, beta-testers in Downtown LA had advance notice"

"Earthquake Early Warning Systems Save Lives. So Why Don't We Have One?" (2014)

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applications  earthquakes  us  california 
april 2018 by robertogreco
California – Silica Magazine
When I moved here I started living in geological time — at first because I was afraid of earthquakes and later when I realized that the landscape, with all its component parts, is situated on a continuum, visible to the eye, and perhaps connected at the ends.

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You will recognize this as magical thinking. It is magical to bear witness to natural processes and their artifacts.

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I look at California, with its evident seismic qualities, natural monuments, and life on land, air, and sea, no longer fearful of what we can’t control but what we can. How do you determine your sense of place without looking around?

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california  geology  earthquakes  landscape  place  senseofplace  2017  nature  naturalihistory  time  elisabethnicula 
july 2017 by robertogreco
A city in ruins: Stunning photo that captures devastation in San Francisco after earthquake of 1906 | Mail Online
"This rarely seen image of the city of San Fransisco lying in ruins after the devastating earthquake of 1906 was captured by an ingenious photographer using a camera attached kites. 

The panoramic shot, which is of outstanding quality considering the basic equipment available, shows the full scale of the disaster which claimed the lives of over 3,000, injured 225,000 and caused $400,000,000 worth of property damage.

Commercial photographer George Lawrence, who used home-made large format cameras, was well known at the time for his wide angle photographs of banqueting groups, national political conventions, and state legislature sessions."
cities  naturaldisasters  earthquakes  georgelawrence  1905  aerialphotography  photography  kites  sanfrancisco 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, The Earthquake Kit | TomDispatch
"…usual emphasis on “panic” in disasters implies that, in a crisis, we’re all sheep wheeling around idiotically, incapable of making good decisions, & selfishly trampling those around us. The emphasis on looting implies that, in a crisis, we’re all wolves, taking ruthless advantage of & preying on each other. Both presume that during a disaster social bonds will break. In fact, as the records of disaster after disaster show, mostly they don’t. In fact, those who study the subject confirm that, in catastrophe, most of us behave remarkably beautifully, exhibiting presence of mind, altruism, generosity, bravery, & creativity."<br />
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"So in a disaster, unload the usual clichés & stereotypes. Do your best not to fill up the unknown w/ fantasy or fear. Don’t assume the worst or the best, but keep an alert mind on the actual as it unfolds. Don’t take scenarios for realities. Be prepared to reevaluate & change your plans again & again…disaster is like everyday life, only more so."
rebeccasolnit  via:javierarbona  panic  truth  human  humans  humannature  behavior  media  society  earthquakes  2011  disasters  safety  preparedness  community  people  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
Badass of the Week: Hideaki Akaiwa
"But Hideaki Akaiwa isn't a regular guy. He's a fucking insane badass, and he wasn't going to sit back and just let his wife die alone, freezing to death in a miserable water-filled tomb. He was going after her. No matter what.

How the fuck Hideaki Akaiwa got a hold of a wetsuit and a set of SCUBA gear is one of the great mysteries of the world. I'm roughly twenty hours into Fallout 3 and I'm lucky to come across a fucking vacuum cleaner in that godforsaken post-apocalyptic wasteland, yet this guy is in the middle of a real-life earth-shaking mecha-disaster and he's coming up with oxygen tanks, waterproof suits, and rebreather systems seemingly out of thin air. I guess when you're a truly unstoppable badass, you, by definition, don't let anything stand in your way. You make shit happen, all the time, no matter what."
japan  rescue  badass  hideakiakaiwa  love  2011  earthquakes  tsunamis  scuba  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
Hacia una arquitectura de sistemas abiertos y sensibles / Emilio Marin | Plataforma Arquitectura
"La necesidad actual de viviendas tras el terremoto es una oportunidad única para re-pensar la arquitectura. Genera un escenario irrepetible que demanda nuevas respuestas y soluciones.

La arquitectura usualmente responde a problemas concretos con respuestas específicas, únicas e irrepetibles. Los proyectos se configuran como sistemas rígidos y cerrados que difícilmente pueden ser replicados con éxito en otro lugar. Al mismo tiempo, estas soluciones arquitectónicas están vinculadas a una ‘elite’; es una comodidad de lujo específica-individual-artesanal, normalmente a un costo altísimo."
chile  architecture  design  earthquakes  2010  openarchitecture  systems  modular  flexibility  emiliomarín  personalization  from delicious
november 2010 by robertogreco
Can "Massive Personalization" Rebuild Quake-Devastated Chile? | Co.Design
"Chilean architect Emilio Marin has an idea that could restore housing better and faster.

Marin proposes throwing up prefab units that can be stretched, pulled, tweaked, and grouped according to residents’ desires. A notch above mass-produced disaster shelters (see: FEMA trailers), but more homogeneous than customized single-family homes (see here), the houses offer what Marin calls “massive personalization.” You can specify 400-square-foot buildings with standard pitched roofs or triple-roof buildings that are three times as big. (You can also turn them into community centers or more complex structures.) “We believe that qualitative values in architectonic solutions like spatial quality, quality of life, space and cubic meters cannot be reserved only for the elites,” Marin says. Cutting through the archispeak, the suggestion is that both rich and poor should get to determine the parameters of where they live -- quickly and relative to the size of their pocketbooks."
emiliomarin  chil  architecture  prefab  adaptability  flexibility  housing  homes  earthquakes  2010  emiliomarín  chile  personalization  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Cellphones Become Our Comfort Objects During Disaster
"Two days after a 8.8 magnitude earthquake displaced them from their homes and separated them from dear ones, people gathered at a fire-station in Concepcion, Chile to charge their cellphones—their comfort objects during this disaster.

Chile was becoming a trending topic on Twitter before even the fastest newscasters got a chance to talk about Saturday's earthquake, thanks to many hastily posted Tweets—most of which likely came from mobile devices. Tweets, text messages, emails, calls, voicemails—everything flew across the networks, draining phones and granting people some comfort and peace. Just hearing a familiar voice or reading words of assurance—knowing that your mobile device links you to the world, to family, and to much needed aid—makes one heck of a difference.

We need food. We need medication. We need a hand to pull us out of the rubble. But we also need a little gadget that lets us cry out to the world so that everyone else has a chance to tell us that it'll be ok."
chile  earthquakes  disasters  mobile  phones  emergency  trust  twitter  comfort  2010  via:jbleecker 
august 2010 by robertogreco
What Woke Me, Or a Story of the Earthquake in Quechereguas: An Old Peasant’s Account | The New York Review of Books
"A little later, Guillermina smelled wine in the air and I came out to have a look, and, would you believe it, there was wine running through the street like a river. The oak wine casks had burst open and so had the stainless steel ones. At first, the people were frightened that the river would wash away what was left of their houses and their belongings. But later they gained confidence and went out to collect the wine in buckets. It was running like it was never going to stop, you see. It cheered me up. It wasn’t bad, that wine. The gutters and the ditches were full of the stuff and so was the lake. Everyone was walking about with fear in their eyes and wine on their breath. And the fish got drunk. They floated around on the surface and you could throw them a line and they wouldn’t even take the bait. I went into the water and caught myself a couple of really big carp with my hands. I shall never forget the two carp that I got, just like that, bare-handed.”"
chile  earthquakes  arturofontaine 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Contributor - Shake, Rattle, Seattle -
"It is only a matter of time before a quake like the one in 1700 happens again in the Pacific Northwest — perhaps tomorrow, or not for 20, 50, 100 years. We do not know that precisely. But we do know that the earthquake will happen. Are we ready? No, we are not. Not in California, and definitely not in the Pacific Northwest."
chile  earthquakes  2010  seattle  cascadia  california  buildings 
march 2010 by robertogreco
CIPER Chile » Blog Archive » Los vínculos de Piñera con las empresas de los edificios dañados: Los hombres del Presidente
"A Carlos Alberto Délano, José Cox y el intendente de Santiago, Fernando Echeverría, los unen, entre otras cosas, el terremoto y Sebastián Piñera. Los tres tienen participación en empresas cuyos edificios han resultado seriamente dañados y todos han hecho negocios inmobiliarios con Sebastián Piñera. El Mandatario también tiene participación accionaria en una de las empresas que hoy enfrenta problemas por un edificio en calle Amunategui. Estos son algunos de los cabos de la red que liga a los empresarios “terremoteados” con el actual Presidente."
chile  sebastiánpiñera  oligarchy  corruption  politics  influence  safety  santiago  earthquakes 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Contributor - In Chile, Life Between the Tremors -
"The quake hit Chile in the middle of a presidential transition and right smack at the start of our bicentennial celebration. It’s a testament to our infrastructure and social institutions that the whole country didn’t fall down. But we did stumble. And now, live on HDTV, we hear things that make us remember the dark days of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, words like “the missing,” “curfew” and “state of emergency.”
chile  disaster  earthquakes  2010  upheaval  albertofuguet  rumors 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Milton Friedman did not save Chile | Naomi Klein | Comment is free | [see also:]
"since deregulation caused worldwide economic meltdown...hasn't been easy to be fanatic of...Milton Friedman. So widely discredited...admirers have become increasingly desperate to claim ideological victories...particularly distasteful case...Just 2 days after Chile...earthquake, WSJ columnist Bret Stephens informed readers that Milton Friedman's "spirit was surely hovering protectively over Chile" because, "thanks largely to him, country has endured a tragedy that elsewhere would have been apocalypse … not by chance that Chileans were living in houses of brick – & Haitians in houses of straw –when wolf arrived to try to blow them down." According to Stephens, radical free-market policies prescribed to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet by Milton Friedman &..."Chicago Boys" are reason Chile is prosperous nation w/ "some of the world's strictest building codes."...problem with this theory: Chile's modern seismic building code, drafted to resist earthquakes, was adopted in 1972."
capitalism  chile  economics  economy  foreignpolicy  latinamerica  naomiklein  neoliberalism  pinochet  earthquakes  2010  buildingcodes  miltonfriedman 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Contributor - Santiago Stands Firm - [see also:]
"Saddened as I am by the loss of life and landmarks, I am scandalized by the few modern structures that crumbled, those spectacular exceptions you keep seeing on the TV news. The economic bonanza and development frenzy of the last decades have clearly allowed a degree of relaxation of the proud building standards of this country. That’s likely why some new urban highway overpasses, built by private companies with government concessions, are now rubble. It’s a sobering lesson for the neoliberalism favored for the past 35 years, and a huge economic and cultural setback for the country.
chile  architecture  sebastiangray  construction  integrity  2010  earthquakes  history  neoliberalism  economics  booms  buildings  buildingstandards  infrastructure 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Chile Ayuda
" es una iniciativa independiente que pretende ser el eje central de la ayuda humanitaria para todos los afectados por el Terremoto del 27 de Febrero de 2010.
chile  2010  terremoto  terremotochile  earthquakes 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Terremoto Chile: Aplicaciones gratuitas para smartphones con información sobre sismos - FayerWayer
"Además de los medios tradicionales, y a causa de que las redes de datos fueron uno de los pocos servicios que lograron mantenerse en funcionamiento luego del primer gran terremoto, destacamos algunas de las aplicaciones con información precisa para nuestros smartphones. Las cuatro aplicaciones son gratuitas, dos para iPhone y dos para Android SO:"
iphone  applications  android  free  earthquakes  ios 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Surviving A Tsunami—Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan
"This report contains true stories that illustrate how to survive-and how not to survive-a tsunami. It is meant for people who live, work, or play along coasts that tsunamis may strike. Such coasts surround most of the Pacific Ocean but also include other areas, such as the shores of the Caribbean, eastern Canada, and the Mediterranean.
tsunamis  visualization  earthquakes  preparedness  geography  safety  weather  disaster  surfing  ocean  geology  travel  pacific  chile  japan  hawaii 
february 2010 by robertogreco
After Shock: What Happens Next Is Up to You...
"After Shock is the world's first massively collaborative disaster simulation, about a major earthquake affecting much of Southern California. Starting Nov 13, 2008, you'll experience the earthquake as if it's really occurring, and what happens next? How do we survive? Can our region recover and rebuild? - will be up to you."
iftf  earthquakes  simulation  disasters  tcsnmy  socal  classideas  simulations 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Technology Review: Laptops as Earthquake Sensors
"Researchers are testing a distributed network to detect early signs of damaging quakes."
earthquakes  distributed  research  sensors 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Giant quake will trash Los Angeles, say forecasters - earth - 15 April 2008 - New Scientist Environment
"The study finds a 99.7% chance that an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater will hit California by 2037, while the probability of a quake of magnitude 7.5 or greater is 46%."
science  losangeles  earthquakes 
april 2008 by robertogreco
BLDGBLOG: Fault massage
"I would love to discover that the Los Angeles freeway system performs a kind of constant seismic massage on local tectonic plates by spreading the tension outward. Specific bus lines, say – traveling north on Figueroa, or down La Brea, or west on Venic
architecture  urban  design  earthquakes  earth  science  seismic  local  losangeles 
december 2006 by robertogreco

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