Believe it or not, media, a sinkhole and landslide are two completely different things!
April in Northeastern Ohio seems to emulate the old rhyme “April showers bring May flowers.” At least to some extent. Add in a few days of snow, sleet and freezing temperatures, and alternate back and forth throughout the month, and you’re now talking the typical spring-time weather in this area of the country. May isn’t all flowers and sunshine, either. In fact, up until last week, NE Ohio went a span of over two months with respite from the rainy weather only five days during that period. It was during one of these not-so-rainy days that I was able to visit one of the consequences of our early spring weather.
Japan was subjected to a barrage of earthquakes Friday, led by a massive 8.9 magnitude quake…the strongest to hit Japan in over 100 years. Throughout the next 10 hours, over 40 aftershocks hammered the island nation resulting in widespread damage, landslides, fires, and a tsunami wave reaching up to 10 meters.
Earthquake “forecasting” may not only help to mitigate the catastrophic damages associated with earthquakes, but has the potential to save thousands of lives. For at least the last century scientists have struggled to develop an accurate prediction of earthquakes prior to their occurrence. Based on current research, we may be closer to accurate predictions than you think!
Not the typical Friday Photo Entry, but one that may appeal to the engineering geologists out there. Located in Cedar Bluff, Virginia, just East of U.S. Highway 460, this piece of engineering ingenuity resides immediately adjacent to the Norfolk Southern railroad.