On 1 April, 2014, a Magnitude 8.2 earthquake rocked northern Chile. Six people died, 2,500 homes were damaged and 80,000 people were displaced. Just over one year later, a M7.8 earthquake strikes Nepal. Over 6,200 people (and counting) have been killed, entire towns and villages flattened and millions of people left homeless. Chile's earthquake barely made the news, whilst Nepal's has brought complete and utter devastation. How did two such similar earthquakes have such disparate effects? A huge part of the answer is, of course, building standards and wealth. Since Chile's terrible M9.5 earthquake in 1960, where over 5,500 people died, the country has taken big steps in modernising its buildings, designing them to withstand the shaking produced by great earthquakes. Meanwhile, in Nepal, few buildings were up to code, and many toppled when the earthquake struck. But wealth and building codes don't tell the entire story: the geology is different, too. Nepal sits on a continental … [Read more...] about Nepal quake: Why are some tremors so deadly?
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EgyptAir Flight 804 sent automatic radio messages about smoke in the front portion of the cabin in the moments before controllers lost contact with the plane over the Mediterranean Sea, French accident investigator BEA said Saturday. The Airbus plane’s so-called Acars transmissions were relayed from the plane to ground, a BEA spokesman said, without giving further details. The messages will give investigators more information about events before the Airbus A320 went down early Thursday with 66 people on board. Pilots sent no emergency signal, and their final contact with controllers revealed no signs of distress. The Egyptian government has said a terrorist attack is a more likely cause of the crash than a technical failure. Egyptian authorities said they discovered debris, body parts and personal belongings in the Mediterranean from passengers of the doomed plane, all but quashing any hope of finding survivors. Trade publication Aviation Herald reported on Friday that at least … [Read more...] about EgyptAir plane sent smoke alarms before crashing, agency says
Egyptian authorities said they found wreckage and belongings from the missing EgyptAir plane that vanished en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board, marking the first breakthrough in the investigation. Egyptian military aircraft and naval ships Friday morning found personal items and parts of the plane about 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Alexandria, the country’s military spokesman said on an official Facebook page. The search, which has been ongoing since the plane disappeared early Thursday morning over the Mediterranean Sea, is continuing. Salvage teams from Greece and Egypt have been joined by French investigators to find debris as authorities seek to piece together what happened to the Airbus A320 plane. The flight lost contact in the middle of the night in the wider area of the Strabo trench in the so-called Hellenic Arc in the sea south of Greece, where waters are as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) deep. Authorities aren’t ruling out any possible … [Read more...] about Egypt says wreckage found from missing EgyptAir plane
(VOVworld) – General Vo Nguyen Giap, a brilliant disciple of President Ho Chi Minh, was one of the greatest generals of the 20th century. His life was closely associated with the cause of national liberation. His talent and contributions to Vietnam’s struggle for national independence made a hero out of General Giap and left an imprint in the history of mankind. General Vo Nguyen Giap led the 34-member Armed Propaganda Unit for National Liberation, the predecessor of the Vietnam People’s Army, from one victory to another. General Giap’s greatest successes were the Dien Bien Phu victory that shook the world in 1954 and the victory in the 1975 spring offensive that led to the liberation of southern Vietnam and ultimately to national reunification. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, General Giap contributed significantly to formulating a uniquely Vietnamese military doctrine in the Ho Chi Minh era, a form of people’s warfare against … [Read more...] about General Vo Nguyen Giap in the current of national history
The man leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is showing the strain after almost two years of fruitless toil. Martin Dolan, head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said he struggles to sleep at times, gnawed by thoughts that wreckage from the Boeing Co. 777 may have slipped through the sonar net scanning 120,000 square kilometers (46,330 square miles) of the southern Indian Ocean. MH370 is weeks away from becoming aviation’s biggest unsolved mystery since Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937. Of the 3 million components in the jet, only one has turned up -- a barnacle-encrusted wing flap -- on Reunion Island, thousands of miles from the search. There have been no traces of the 239 people on board, their luggage or even the life jackets that were supposed to float. “There’s always this question: Have we missed something?” Dolan, 58, said at his office in Canberra. “That’s the sort of thing that will occasionally keep me awake at … [Read more...] about Missing Malaysia Jet MH370 weeks away from keeping secrets forever