New year, new links, same weekday! Despite many geobloggers are still in their season breaks, today is still Friday, so here are your links!
The departed holiday season has marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. On Boxing Day 2004, a massive earthquake generated a devastating tsunami that claimed over 229,000 lives and destroyed the livelihoods of 1.4 million survivors. We learned a lot in terms of disaster management, mitigation, preparedness as well as in terms of science, since the number of publications rocketed (because of a mixture of increased funding and shifted scientific foci). The United Nation News Centre wrote on increased preparedness. Some interesting photographs as well as stories about survivors on Newsweek.
The year 2014 in earthquake review, based on the USGS earthquake archives:
– the Iquique quake off the coast of Chile had the highest magnitude in 2014 with M8.2,
– the deepest quake was the M4.1 Ndoi Island (Fiji) earthquake with a depth of 697 km,
– the highest magnitude of a mining earthquake was a M4.1 quake in Western Australia,
– the northernmost quake happened north of Franz Josef Land at 86.651°N and had a magnitude of M4.6,
– the southernmost earthquake happened close to Antarctica at 73.462°S with a magnitude of M4.8.
And here is what all of the paleoseismicity.org authors posted on our Facebook and Google+ walls this week:
Legacies of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami include recent interviews with lucid eyewitnesses to an obscure disaster in 1945. The accounts attest to coastal hazards in Oman, Iran, Pakistan, and India.
Have a nice weekend!