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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.

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.

19 injured after 5.4-magnitude quake hits China's Sichuan province

June 23, 2019 12:15 PM

CHENGDU (XINHUA, AFP) - At least 19 people were confirmed injured after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Gongxian County in south-west China's Sichuan Province on Saturday (June 22), local authorities said Sunday (June 23).

World Briefs: Tsunami alert after quake hits Japan

June 19, 2019 5:00 AM

TOKYO • An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck Japan's north-west coast around Niigata prefecture yesterday, prompting a 1m tsunami warning.

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