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Mar 16

Lady Gaga is rallying her little monsters to raise money for disaster relief in Japan. Fans of the singer can purchase a white-and-red band—emblazoned with “We Pray for Japan” in English and Japanese, along with Gaga’s signature monster claw—for $5 (plus an optional donation of your choice) on her official website. All proceeds will go directly to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
“I Designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet. Buy It/Donate here and ALL proceeds will go to Tsunami Relief Efforts. Go Monsters,” Gaga tweeted on Friday.

+ Japan Earthquake Relief Wristband $5

[Via MTV News]

 

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Mar 02

By Alex Morales

March 1 (Bloomberg) — The earthquake that killed more than 700 people in Chile on Feb. 27 probably shifted the Earth’s axis and shortened the day, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist said.

Earthquakes can involve shifting hundreds of kilometers of rock by several meters, changing the distribution of mass on the planet. This affects the Earth’s rotation, said Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who uses a computer model to calculate the effects.

“The length of the day should have gotten shorter by 1.26 microseconds (millionths of a second),” Gross, said today in an e-mailed reply to questions. “The axis about which the Earth’s mass is balanced should have moved by 2.7 milliarcseconds (about 8 centimeters or 3 inches).”

The changes can be modeled, though they’re difficult to physically detect given their small size, Gross said. Some changes may be more obvious, and islands may have shifted, according to Andreas Rietbrock, a professor of Earth Sciences at the U.K.’s Liverpool University who has studied the area impacted, though not since the latest temblor.

Santa Maria Island off the coast near Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city, may have been raised 2 meters (6 feet) as a result of the latest quake, Rietbrock said today in a telephone interview. He said the rocks there show evidence pointing to past earthquakes shifting the island upward in the past.

‘Ice-Skater Effect’

“It’s what we call the ice-skater effect,” David Kerridge, head of Earth hazards and systems at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, said today in a telephone interview. “As the ice skater puts when she’s going around in a circle, and she pulls her arms in, she gets faster and faster. It’s the same idea with the Earth going around if you change the distribution of mass, the rotation rate changes.”

Rietbrock said he hasn’t been able to get in touch with seismologists in Concepcion to discuss the quake, which registered 8.8 on the Richter scale.

“What definitely the earthquake has done is made the Earth ring like a bell,” Rietbrock said.

The magnitude 9.1 Sumatran in 2004 that generated an Indian Ocean tsunami shortened the day by 6.8 microseconds and shifted the axis by about 2.3 milliarcseconds, Gross said.

The changes happen on the day and then carry on “forever,” Benjamin Fong Chao, dean of Earth Sciences of the National Central University in Taiwan, said in an e-mail.

“This small contribution is buried in larger changes due to other causes, such as atmospheric mass moving around on Earth,” Chao said.

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May 21

FLEEING quake survivors cheat death again as their boat narrowly misses a huge landslide.

Aftershocks sent tons of rocks and dirt sliding down a mountain in Yingxiu, China – but the boat got out in time.

Thousands have been evacuated amid fears over huge cracks in mountainsides.


Lucky escape… landslide misses boat

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May 16

Mapping the earthquake zone

Up to 50,000 people are feared to have died in the devastating earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan province on Monday. Click on the map to find out more about some of the worst-affected places.

Mianzhu area b4 China earthquake:

Mianzhu area after China earthquake:

You can see that river already been blocked by mud-rock flow, could cause flood anytime.


quake lake


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quake lake


quake lake


quake lake

 

Abandoned BeiChuan——The town will disappear from map soon

More China earthquake News photo and video update please visit here:

China: At least 62,664 die in killer earthquake

satellite and helicopter photos of china earthquake

Chinese couple’s wedding photo when the earthquake struck

Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

Earthquake cloud, Chinese photographer catch prediction 2 days before earthquake occurred

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May 16

 

IT was meant to be the happiest day of their lives.

 But the Chinese earthquake turned their lives upside down.

 Newly-wed bride Hai Jiao Bailushuyuan and her husband Tang Di were gathering guests together(33 people inc photographers) in front of a 100 yrs old church  for photographs when the 7.9 magnitude tremor struck.
Then the ground began to shake and masonry tumbled from the church.
This picturesque Catholic monastery, where the pictures were due to be taken, was reduced to a pile of rubble in just EIGHT SECONDS.
These snaps of the devastation were taken by bewildered wedding photographer Wang Qiang.


Before … Bride walks past the 100-year-old monastery as it was in Pengzhou


Falling apart … masonry falling from building


Falling apart … masonry falling from building


Falling apart … masonry falling from building


Wreck … bride gazes at devastation


Wreck … bride gazes at devastation


Shocked … the bride with her new hubby and guests in the monastery ruins


Shocked … the bride with her new hubby and guests in the monastery ruins


Lucky to be alive … couple and guests at the wrecked church


Get me out of church on time


Disaster … church lies in ruins

 
After … ruined by the earthquake

 

 

 

The young couple had tied the knot in the town of Pengzhou, in Sichuan province.

Immediately after the quake the bride stood horrified in the ruins of the church and its courtyard.

Guests, coated with layers of grit, struggled to breathe in the dust-filled air as a pall of smoke blocks out the sunlight.

Tang Di said later that he believed they had survived the quake because the once-majestic, 100-year-old church was a “blessed place”.

There had been five weddings taking place when the quake hit on May 12 and dozens of people ran for shelter in the confusion.

Many dragged themselves to safety from the rubble and built makeshift shelters until they were finally rescued by the Chinese military.

 But last night it was feared that around 30 guests were still missing.

 

More about China Earthquake:

China: At least 68,516 die in killer earthquake

satellite photo of china earthquake

Chinese couple’s wedding photo when the earthquake struck

Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

Earthquake cloud, Chinese photographer catch prediction 2 days before earthquake occurred

 

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May 15

 By Doug Caverly – Wed, 05/14/2008 – 4:55pm.

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/05/14/earthquake-in-china-unnoticed-by-google

After cyclone, lack of action stands out

This article was going to be a quick roundup of Google’s response to the earthquake in China – mention a donations page here, a map there, done.  As it turns out, though, the company didn’t provide much material.

This isn’t to say it should have – Google is a for-profit corporation based in America, and is in no way obligated to take note of natural disasters overseas.  Still, following its response to the cyclone in Myanmar, Google’s reaction to the earthquake seems rather weak.

Posts documenting the cyclone and/or soliciting aid for Myanmar’s civilians showed up on the Official Google Blog, the LatLong Blog, the Google Checkout Blog, and the Google Grants Blog.  A “donate” link was put on Google.com, and donation-matching is also taking place.

In contrast, there doesn’t yet appear to be anything in English relating to the earthquake.  Philipp Lenssen only writes, “The homepage of Google China links to a special map showing [earthquake] information.  Auto-translating the homepage text results in: ‘New! Google launched an emergency situation in the earthquake map, view the latest situation in earthquake relief.'”

Again, we’re not pointing fingers.  The situation is odd, though, especially given Google’s presence in China.

 

More about China Earthquake:

China: At least 14,866 die in killer earthquake

satellite photo of china earthquake

Chinese couple’s wedding photo when the earthquake struck

Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

Earthquake cloud, Chinese photographer catch prediction 2 days before earthquake occurred

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May 12

More China earthquake News photo and video update please visit here:
China: At least 62,664 dead in killer earthquake (update 25th May)
Satellite and Helicopter Photos of china Earthquake area and Quake lake

Tianshui city, Gansu province.
An Chinese photographer took this picture 2 hrs b4 12th May China earthquake.

Video:

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May, 09,2008, 2 days b4 this chinese deadly earthquake, somebody took those photo in Linyi, Shandong province, east China, which you can see lot “line-shaped” cloud, and somebody spot it is Earthquake Cloud and predicted a 6+ earthquake will happen within 2 days, but they dont know where. Of course, nobody believe them that time. Then, 12, May, a 7.8 earthquake occurred in Wenchuan, Sichuan province, west China.

Here is those Earthquake cloud’s photo:

China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud

Original source: http://www.daqi.com/bbs/20/1989761.html (chinese) And
http://tieba.baidu.com/f?z=373553982&ct=335544320&lm=0&sc=0&rn=50&tn=baiduPostBrowser&word=%B5%D8%D5%F0&pn=0
(Chinese)

Unusual animal behavior

9th,May, thousands frogs cross road near earthquake area.

More China earthquake News photo and video update please visit here:
China: Up to 8,500 die in killer earthquake

Earthquake cloud

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Earthquake cloudsIn chapter 32 of his work Brihat Samhita, Indian scholar Varahamihira (505 – 587) discussed a number of signs warning of earthquakes: Unusual animal behavior, astrological influences, underground movements of water, and extraordinary clouds occurring a week before the earthquake.

Since 1994, Zhonghao Shou, a retired Chinese chemist living in New York, has made dozens of earthquake predictions based on cloud patterns in satellite images, and claims to have a 70% accuracy. Stress and friction in the ground can vaporize water long before the earthquake happens, according to Shou, and clouds formed through these mechanisms are distinctly shaped. He has identified five different types of earthquake cloud, including “line-shaped”, “feather-shaped”, and “lantern shaped” clouds. He claims that an earthquake will take place within 103 days of the appearence of one of these clouds, and that the average time is 30 days. On December 25, 2003, one day before the Bam earthquake, he predicted an earthquake of mag. 5.5+ within 60 days over a fault line in Iran.

Historical records have indicated a possible correlation between clouds and earthquakes in the ancient civillizations of Rome, India, and China.

Curious cloud formations linked to quakes

CAN unusual clouds signal the possibility of an impending earthquake? That’s the question being asked following the discovery of distinctive cloud formations above an active fault in Iran before each of two large earthquakes occurred.

Geophysicists Guangmeng Guo and Bin Wang of Nanyang Normal University in Henan, China, noticed a gap in the clouds in satellite images from December 2004 that precisely matched the location of the main fault in southern Iran. It stretched for hundreds of kilometres, was visible for several hours and remained in the same place, although the clouds around it were moving. At the same time, thermal images of the ground showed that the temperature was higher along the fault. Sixty-nine days later, on 22 February 2005, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hit the area, killing more than 600 people.

In December 2005, a similar formation again appeared in the clouds for a few hours. Sixty-four days later, an earthquake of magnitude 6 shook the region (International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol 29, p 1921).

Guo and Wang suggest that an eruption of hot gases from inside the fault could have caused water in the clouds to evaporate. Another idea is that ionisation may be involved: Friedemann Freund at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, recently demonstrated that when rocks are squeezed, positively charged ions form in the air above. The trouble is that ions usually help to form clouds, not dissipate them.

The authors say that if recognisable cloud formations precede large quakes, they could be used for prediction, but other seismologists are sceptical. “There is no physical model that explains why something would suddenly occur two months before an earthquake, and then shut off and not occur again,” says Mike Blanpied of the US Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program.

From issue 2651 of New Scientist magazine, 11 April 2008, page 12

are clouds claimed to be signs of imminent earthquakes. The analyses of earthquake clouds as a form of earthquake prediction are generally not accepted by seismologists and other scientists.

More China earthquake News photo and video update please visit here:

China: At least 62,664 die in killer earthquake

satellite and helicopter photos of china earthquake

Chinese couple’s wedding photo when the earthquake struck

Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

Earthquake cloud, Chinese photographer catch prediction 2 days before earthquake occurred

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