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15 November 2016

Kaikoura earthquake landslides: the picture slowly emerges

Over the last 24 hours further information has started to emerge about Kaikoura earthquake landslides on the coast and inland.

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21 November 2012

Amazing liquefaction in Tokyo

A new video from Japan¬†[embedded below] shows liquefaction occurring at a scale and scope that I haven’t seen before in video footage. The video is from Urayasu ¬†town, Chiba Prefecture–an industrial suburb of Tokyo that appears to be sited on made land adjacent to Tokyo Bay. No wonder it sloshes so heavily: made land (fill) is particularly susceptible to liquefaction. We just can’t pack things down the way nature can …

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17 June 2011

First-hand documentaries from the Tohoku quake and tsunami

Several eye-witnesses of the March 11 M9.0 in Japan have posted chilling first-hand footage of their experiences. The following two videos document the entire disaster, from the shaking until deep into the tsunami. First, here’s the harrowing video taken by a professional storm chaser who happened to be in Otsuchi, Japan doing volunteer work for Save Japan Dolphins when the earthquake roared along the coast. He struggles to keep his …

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11 March 2011

Liquefaction in an aftershock

I stumbled upon a fascinating video a couple of weeks ago showing what happens to sand volcanoes as seismic waves pass. This would have fit in either my aftershocks or my liquefaction posts from last week, but it’s both stunning and unique so I decided it deserves a post of its own. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv–8ybjnwk   This New Zealand man is filming sand blows forming from liquefaction of a school yard in …

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