Coast of British Columbia and south eastern Alaska are frequently hit by strong earthquakes originating from a complex system of faults that give high magnitude shakes. The close examination of the two most recent major events - the Mw 7.8 Haida Gwaii and Mw 7.5 Craig events - revealed valuable information with regards to the interaction between the Pacific and North America plates and the fault complexity of the region. All research findings are included in 19 technical articles of a special issue published by the Seismological Society of America.
Construction on the massive Inga 3 dam, which is expected to produce 4,800 megawatts of power for the Democratic Republic of Congo, won’t begin until 2017 at the earliest. This is according to a Thursday statement by the World Bank and signals a fresh delay in the project.
“Work should get underway in 2017,” said the World Bank’s DR Congo manager Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye. “there are still a lot of technical questions to be resolved,”
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, is currently flushing water to keep the reactors' temperature low enough in an effort to avoid radioactive releases. Radioactivity of the used water is reduced through a special treatment procedure, however current technology cannot remove a relatively harmless radioactive isotope called tritium. Tepco now wants to evaporate huge amounts of that water, raising concerns over the particular practice.
As a result of the continuing landslides and their detrimental effects on property and infrastructure, the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) is about to begin a new landslide inventory project. The new project is going to help residents, state and federal authorities to efficiently prepare and deal with the consequences of future landslides.
Accidentally discovered during the construction of a housing project, an extensive network of tunnels in the area of Cappadocia, Turkey, known for its underground cities, is being explored and its size is estimated to surmount that of Derinkuyu, having a hosting capacity of 20,000 people.