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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 01:00

Alaska's road amazing repair in 4 days

A road, completely destroyed by the powerful M 7.0 earthquake in Alaska, was fully repaired in under 4 days.

A team of engineers just unveiled the mystery

This latest innovation is coming from Japan and combines functionality with sleek design

Experts disagree on whether Taiwan is facing an ‘earthquake swarm’ or not

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Berkeley (Berkeley Lab)  and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) national laboratories, as well as from the University of California at Davis, have developed the first-ever end-to-end simulation code to precisely capture the geology and physics of regional earthquakes, and how the shaking impacts buildings. The code will take advantage of exascale supercomputers, the future supercomputers that will be 50 times faster than the US’s most powerful system today. Their work is part of the DOE’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a collaborative effort between the DOE’s Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Agency and was recently published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society’s Computers in Science and Engineering. 

The US Geological Survey predicted up to 1,000 fatalities will come from the earthquake, and an economic impact of between US$1bn and $10bn.

Saturday, 09 September 2017 08:47

Mexico earthquake was the strongest in a century

Dozens of people have been reported dead

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Italian holiday island of Ischia at 8:57 p.m. local time on Monday night. Up to now, two women have been reported dead, one of whom having been hit by falling masonry from the church of Santa Maria del Suffragio, according to the Civil Protection Department in Rome. Many people were pulled out alive from the rubble, including a 7-month-old baby.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) examined a variety of bridge types along with design requirements under the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code. As part of the research, the seismic performance of shape memory alloy reinforced and post-tensioned bridge piers have been tested in the University’s Applied Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Structures (ALAMS). The results, published in the Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, point out that bridges are being built to withstand the force of an earthquake, however they are being overbuilt, resulting to unnecessary construction expenses.

A serious 6.2 R earthquake hit central Italia on Wednesday morning. Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto and Arquata del Tronto were subjected to the deady earthquake and have been severely damaged. 247 people were killed and 400 are injured. Among them many are children.

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