Donna Shillington, Author at State of the Planet - Page 3 of 3

Temporary Seismic Networks Can Help Developing Nations Pinpoint Quakes

Earthquakes can be devastating, as Haiti has shown. They can trigger tsunamis, like the one in Indonesia in 2004, and create enough ground shaking to topple buildings. Aftershocks can prevent people from returning to their homes for weeks, even months. The immediate response to a natural disaster is to search for those lost, treat the… read more

by |February 5, 2010

Continental Breakup in East Africa

Africa is ripping apart along a 4,000 kilometer seam called the East Africa Rift, which stretches from the Red Sea to Mozambique. This huge continental tear started in the north about 25 million years ago and has been gradually unzipping to the south, with rifting in Malawi starting about 10 million years ago. Breaking up… read more

by |February 5, 2010