Plate Tectonics

Huge Indian Ocean quakes in April triggered massive aftershocks

Huge Indian Ocean quakes in April triggered massive aftershocks

Planet earth may be 4.5 billion years old, but that does not mean she cannot serve up a shattering surprise now and again.

Friday, 28 September, 2012, 3:52am

Devil's advocate

'Don't stand still,' warns Manolo, our guide, 'your shoes might melt.'

Nervous smiles, shifting feet, I can feel the heat on my big toe.

'Here,' says Manolo, as he scrapes lava grit from the surface. 'If you can hold it for a minute, you can keep it.'

I hold out both hands but give up on the count of 10.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

2012 (DVD)

Fans of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day are bound to enjoy 2012. It's a typical Roland Emmerich end-of-the-world movie and a mixture of the two blockbusters: highly entertaining, thought-provoking and so breathtaking you'll be constantly on the edge of your seat.

12 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Latin lessons

1 Which South American city is the highest capital in the world?

2 In a recent worldwide poll to elect the New Seven Wonders of the World, two sites in South America were chosen. Name them.

3 Which city is South America's largest?

4 How many times has the football World Cup been won by a team from South America?

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


The diversity of bees, and of the flowers they pollinate, has shown a significant decline in Britain and the Netherlands during the past 25 years. Writing in the journal Science, lead author Koos Biesmeijer, from the University of Leeds, said changes in habitat, climate and modern industrial farming are possible factors that have led to the decline.

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In 'ICBC eyes tycoons for chunk of float'' (May 29), we should have said that Deutsche Bank is among the bookrunners for ICBC's offering.

In 'Pangaea faces hurdle in purchase of Huaxia' (May 25), we erred in saying that Morgan Stanley chairman and chief executive John Mack is an adviser to Singapore-based Pangaea Capital Management. Mr Mack relinquished this role some time ago.

30 May 2006 - 12:00am

Hang out with the upper crust

Want to hang out with Hong Kong's upper crust but can't afford to join a club? The Royal Over-Seas League's younger members' group, ROSL Next, is holding a drinks evening tomorrow - no membership needed.

15 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Picture of the day

A blade of incandescent lava cuts through the darkness following a volcanic eruption in Italy two weeks ago. A column of smoke rises as the lava from Stromboli volcano slides down to the sea.

Do you know what lava is?

14 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

What is inside the earth?

The outside of the Earth is like a shell of rock, called the crust. The oceans and continents lie on top of the crust. Under the oceans, the crust is only about eight kilometres thick, but on land the crust is on average about 32 kilometres thick. It is the movement of the crust which causes mountains, volcanoes to form and earthquakes to happen.

9 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Earthy theme

The Earth, its history and how its climatic extremes so viciously test us are recurring themes for television documentaries. Three such programmes are more than enough for one night.

17 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Will Hong Kong suffer from volcanic eruptions in the future? TARIN Raimondi College While the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and Japan all have volcanoes, whether active, dormant or extinct, the good news is that Hong Kong is unlikely to be hit by volcanic activity any time in the next few thousands or millions of years.

1 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Red hot plates

THE plates of Earth, the giant slabs that cover the planet, are always moving.

Mount Pinatubo erupted because the Pacific plate went under the Continental plate.

When a plate moves under another plate, it causes friction. The friction creates heat, which makes the rocks melt.

1 Sep 1993 - 12:00am