With the earthquake and tsunami hitting Japan earlier today, the crew at Scientific American got busy – putting together stories, old and new, about the underlying science and engineering.
Article from the upcoming issue of the magazine was posted early, due to its timeliness – Seconds Before the Big One: Progress in Earthquake Alarms
Our partners at Nature have a correspondent in Japan so we reposted the articles so far: Nature: Earthquake dispatches from the correspondent in Japan
We put together an In-Depth report, collecting in one place a lot of what SciAm has published on the topic over the years: A Guide to Earthquakes
In our ‘Ask the Experts’ sections: How Does an Earthquake Trigger Tsunamis Thousands of Kilometers Away? and How to Cool a Nuclear Reactor
John Horgan blogs about the history of earthquake prediction in Japan earthquake demonstrates the limits—and power—of science.
And I edited and reposted a piece cautioning about believing all the stories about animals “predicting” earthquakes – ‘Sixth sense’ for earthquake prediction? Give me a break!
More will be posted as new information comes up…
All of today’s SciAm articles are now collected in one place: The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Beware the fear of Nuclear….FEAR! By David Ropeik
The essential lesson from the Japan earthquake for the U.S. By Richard Allen
Failure of Imagination Can Be Deadly: Fukushima is a Warning by Rita J King
Japan earthquake: The Explainer By Chris Rowan