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Achenblog: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

The little tsunami

Here's the story Rob Stein and I wrote today: Saturday was a tense day in and around the Pacific Ocean. There was a wave on the loose. It was reputed to travel at the speed of a jet airplane....

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 27, 2010; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (363)
 
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Pacific tsunami: Half the planet affected

Hawaii is looking at 6-foot waves -- on top of the normal waves, mind you. That's a big surge. Arrival time just after 4 p.m. EST, 11 a.m. local. Hawaii is something of the gauge for all of the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 27, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
 
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Chile earthquake: The next Big One?

So: Is this the Next Big One? Here's what we can say at the moment: There's a lot of devastation in the images on CNN. You see crumbled buildings, collapsed highways, major fires. This was certainly a huge quake....

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 27, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Chilean earthquake

Monitoring the Chile situation: Note that the huge earthquake in Chile comes 50 years after the 9.5-magnitude quake that spawned a killer tsunami that reached Japan. The wave, according to this web site, was 10.7 meters when it hit...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 27, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Cabins for Haiti

Following up on my story on housing in seismic zones: My friend Krisse Pasternack, a Miami artist, helped paint this cabin, one of the low-cost (and earthquake resistant) cabins designed by architect Andres Duany to shelter homeless people in...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 25, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (323)
 
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Archive: The Shadow Government

[One of the perils of writing for the Web is that stuff disappears. Every so often I like to retrieve stuff from our internal archive and get it back out there where someone could read it at least in...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 24, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
 
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NASA and the Pentagon

NASA boss Charles Bolden goes to the Senate today to get grilled on the decision by the Obama administration to kill Constellation. Constellation isn't dead yet, of course. Congress has to sign off on the plan. Industries are lobbying...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 24, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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Big cities on shaky ground

[My story on seismic hazards in megacities.] Megacities are something new on the planet. Earthquakes are something very old. The two are a lethal combination, as seen in the recent tragedy in Port-au-Prince, where more than 200,000 people perished...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 23, 2010; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (247)
 
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Photos: A train ride

When you're taking the train to New York, this is what you see out the window on the left side. The grid is quite visible in the corridor. The train itself is electric, so you make the whole trip...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 21, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (381)
 
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