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Ian Bremmer Explains: The History of Disasters | GZERO World

The history of disasters

It's easy to judge the Pompeiians for building a city on the foothills of a volcano, but are we really any smarter today? If you live along the San Andreas fault in San Francisco or Los Angeles, geologists are pretty confident you're going to experience a magnitude 8 (or larger) earthquake in the next 25 years—that's about the same size as the 1906 San Francisco quake that killed an estimated 3,000 people and destroyed nearly 30,000 buildings. Or if you're one of the 9.6 million residents of Jakarta, Indonesia, you might have noticed that parts of the ground are sinking by as much as ten inches a year, with about 40 percent of the city now below sea level.

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes near Mindanao, Philippines: USGS

September 07, 2020 12:01 AM

MANILA (REUTERS) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck 82km east-northeast of General Santos in Mindanao, the Philippines, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday (Sept 6).

'Overstated magnitude' caused quake alert that set Tokyo on edge

July 30, 2020 3:22 PM

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - Tokyo residents were rattled on Thursday (July 30) morning after an alert broadcast to smartphones across the capital warned of an impending magnitude 7.3 earthquake about to hit the capital - only for no quake to arrive.

5.0-magnitude quake hits 188 km south of Sarangani, Philippines: USGS

April 13, 2020 3:25 PM

HONG KONG (XINHUA) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 jolted the region 188 km south of Sarangani province in the Philippines at 0644 GMT on Monday (April 13), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Quake of magnitude 6.2 strikes near Indonesia's Aceh province: USGS

January 07, 2020 3:04 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck south-west of Indonesia's Aceh province on the island of Sumatra on Tuesday (Jan 7) at a depth of 20.3km, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Earthquake of 7.5 magnitude hits remote area of Indonesia, no tsunami warning

June 24, 2019 11:22 AM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck in a remote area of Indonesia in the Banda Sea on Monday (June 24), the USGeological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no initial tsunami warnings.

Magnitude 5.5 quake hits eastern Japan, no immediate damage

June 24, 2019 8:33 AM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit eastern Japan on Monday morning (June 24), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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