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7 May 2010

Capitol Hill briefing: What we can learn from the Haitian earthquake of 2010

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January caused disproportionate havoc relative to its magnitude: At least 230,000 people died and scores of schools, government buildings and houses were destroyed. In comparison, the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile a few weeks later, an event so large that might have shifted Earth’s axis, killed less than 500. To analyze the causes of the massive destruction in Haiti and …


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15 February 2010

Insight needed from civil and earthquake engineers

As D.C. endeavored to dig itself out following record-breaking snowfall, AGU headquarters still managed to push out Eos, its weekly newspaper.  In the 9 Feb issue was a new type of article for Eos–a news round table. In this particular article, called “In the Aftermath of Haiti’s Earthquake: A Discussion of Lessons Learned,” senior writer Randy Showstack interviewed three noted seismologists for their perspectives on what the earthquake means for …


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4 February 2010

The disconnect between geoscience and society: One of timescale?

In the spirit of scientific cooperation, AGU is allowing open access to several papers on the tectonics of the Caribbean Plate. We join GSA, who also have granted open access to several of their papers. The idea is that researchers can use readily accessible information to help plan scientific responses to the 12 January earthquake in Haiti. While reading these papers, I was struck by the great disconnect between science …


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1 February 2010

Thoughts after the Haiti earthquake: How can we use what we know to save lives?

I woke up to the news the day after the Haiti earthquake and thought: one more human tragedy that did not have to be. My family moved to Santiago, Chile one month before the great 1960 Chilean earthquake—the largest earthquake to ever have been recorded by seismometers. I was five years old and grew up to study it for my doctoral thesis at Columbia University. I had switched from astrophysics …


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