During the tail end of my junior year of high school, my family and I temporarily relocated to Southwest Missouri. We were fleeing the cratering of the entire construction industry in Southern California, hoping to catch the extraordinary boom in construction taking place surrounding Branson. Although the school year only had a few weeks left, … Continue reading Why is the risk for earthquakes just as high in parts of the Midwest as it is in California?
In April of 2009, an earthquake caused extensive damage to the ancient city of L’Aquila, Italy. Relatives of people I know in that region luckily survived without injury. However, the Italian government surprised the International scientific community when it filed criminal charges against the geologists for “failing to predict the earthquake.”
Fortunately, the geologists were acquitted in October. Appeals by prosecutors are still expected, so this story is not yet over. Continue reading “Italian scientists facing prison for failing to predict 2009 earthquake acquitted, for now…”
Geology is to blame for a situation which very nearly ended in disaster at a resort in Florida. In the middle of the night, a security guard began waking and evacuating guests at the Summer Bay Resort as a sinkhole rapidly expanded beneath one of the buildings. Luckily, nobody was harmed. About 30 percent of … Continue reading Florida: Sinkhole Swallows Portion of 3-Story Resort Building