RESOURCES: Whole Lotta Shakin'

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Science  04 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5591, pp. 19
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5591.19c

Few earthquakes pack the destructive power of the 1994 Northridge quake, which amputated this freeway overpass in Southern California. But smaller temblors rattle parts of the globe every day. Find out where the ground is rumbling with near-real-time reports from the National Earthquake Information Center, sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Updated every few hours, the site receives data from hundreds of seismological stations around the world. You can nab the location, magnitude, and depth of each day's quakes as well as other technical data, such as moment tensor solutions. Maps pinpoint where the earth moved that day and in the last week and month. Visitors will also find plenty of information on historical quakes, including lists of the most deadly and strongest ever recorded. Reaching 9.5, number one on the magnitude list jarred southern Chile in May of 1960, killing 2000 people and stirring a tsunami that swamped parts of Hawaii and Japan.

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