Seven Best Earthquake blogs 2017

Earthquake Blogs

Earthquakes leave a legacy. Human history has been irrevocably altered in some cases. The 1755 earthquake in Lisbon, Portugal handicapped Portugal in its reach for overseas colonies and the expansion of its empire. It, also, led to the fame of its re-builder Pombal and his style of architecture Pombalian which in addition to being seismically sensitive was classic and enduring. I couldn't help  to think of Lisbon when I looked at the blog on Christchurch, New Zealand : Christchurch Earthquake . The blog has numerous photos that tell the story of the destruction in the city. The ones of Christchurch Cathedral are especially poignant. It made me wonder if Christchurch will adopt a new form of construction and architecture in the future as happened in Lisbon. 

 Matt Springer's blog QuakeTips covers a wide range of topics related to earthquakes with a San Francisco Bay area perspective. Many of his articles provide essential advice on how to prepare for an earthquake or a similar natural disaster. He, also, does excellent research and contacts stakeholders when necessary. There is also a helpful index. The blog is updated regularly with lots of smart tips. 

The Pale Blue Dot a blog out of the United Kingdom is a very slick well presented blog that has many excellent articles on earthquakes but is not exclusively about seismic events. The Blue Dot excels at making science readable and interesting. It  looks more like a website than a blog. Currently, there is an excellent video link for a magnitude 9.0 earthquake simulator on it's site.

For a stream of consciousness blog about Earthquakes with personal insights and amazing data insights check out The EQ Alert Guy . He does a broadcast on You tube called the Grand Finale. He is active on other social medias. He claims that his best stuff is in his e-book. He brings entertainment to earthquakes.  

Modeled a little on the group Doctors without Borders is Earthquake Without Borders. The blog is more for scientists but is readable and its purpose can easily be understood by its estimate that since 1900 more than 2 million persons have died in earthquakes. 

For a more scholarly perspective but with lots of pictures and comments go to the blog  Active Tectonics. The author is j Ramon Arrowsmith, Geology Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. The blog is frequently updated and the author covers a great number of earthquake topics in different places. 

Finally, read the World bank's blog on earthquakes. It is excellent complete with pictures and readable local stories often from places In Asia that North Americans never see or hear about. 

 

Diarmuid D. O'Dea

 

 


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