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The first earthquake casualty of 2020 was reported last week. On Tuesday morning, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake off the coast of Puerto Rico caused the walls of a home to collapse crushing the single occupant. It was also the first casualty on U.S. soil since the 2009 earthquake in Samoa. It’s tempting to stash the Puerto Rico earthquake into your “too far away to be relevant to me” file, but don’t. Ten years ago, we experienced a very similar earthquake here, with a few important differences.
I want to clear up two misconceptions you may have gotten from last week’s column about the Dec. 9 eruption in New Zealand. First, that this volcano only produces small steam/gas explosions (phreatic) and second, that all phreatic eruptions are small. Whakaari/White Island may look small at the surface. The 800 acres surface expression is […]
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