Lebkuchen Recipe

I hope you had some nice and relaxed days over Christmas and you are joyfully awaiting the new year.

In the Christmas season my wife tried a new recipe for Lebkuchen biscuits. We have bought some small pluggable letter stamps and I decided that it would be a good idea to stamp some of the biscuits with special Christmas greetings, also for my colleagues from the NUG team. So my wife had baked the biscuits and I was responsible for the stamps.

If you want to bake these Lebkuchen biscuits in the next Christmas season, you can take the following recipe to try them.

For the upcoming year, I wish you all the best and good luck!

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Season´s Greetings

Dear paleoseismicity.org friends and followers,

this was partly a stressful year for us, and luckily the Maya opened only the 13th baktun and they proved to be much better mathematicians as the popular belief of a cataclysm made some of us believe. Christoph´s last post was on 21st of December, and he and our authors will continue keeping this plant alive. All the best for Christmas and a Happy New 2013. See you here again.

Klaus

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Has Roger Bilham been deported from India because of his seismic hazard warnings?

A new story came up recently that sounds like the L’Aquila case, but the other way round. Dr. Roger Bilham from the University of Colorado, a well-known earthquake researcher, was denied entry to India earlier this year. He was on a flight to Bhutan and supposed to change planes in New Delhi when Indian officials sent him back to the plane he just arrived on. Officially, he was accused with having the wrong type of visa. Himself and many colleagues, however, are sure that he was deported because he stated that the seismic hazard in India is underestimated. Continue reading “Has Roger Bilham been deported from India because of his seismic hazard warnings?”

New paper on active faulting in Greece

A new paper was just published on Active faulting in the north-eastern Aegean Sea Islands. Our colleague Alex Chatzipetros and his co-authors investigated the distribution of seismicity and faulting pattern at the islands of Lemnos, Aghios Efstratios, Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Ikaria. From this data and field analyses they concluded on the effects of active faulting on the local geomorphology. Continue reading “New paper on active faulting in Greece”

Things that cause earthquakes

So many things are said to cause earthquakes, things have become a little complex during the last years. For many people it might be hard to remember all of them and you will probably ask yourself “What can I do to avoid finding myself having caused a seismic event by accident?” Here’s help. I prepared a list with no claim to completeness of things that might cause earthquakes. Some are already well-known, some were suprising to me. Recently, chancellor Angela Merkel said she’s against equal taxation for gay and straight couples. I guess this can only be interpretetd as an attempt to minimize seismic hazard in Germany, everything else would be ridiculous…

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