Recent seismic activity in China no cause for concern

People inspect the situation after an earthquake in Yaoshan Township of Zhaotong City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Feb. 19, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

Authorities have dismissed fears that a series of minor earthquakes, which struck China last week, were a sign of a major, destructive one yet to come, Oriental Morning Post

Monday, 25 February, 2013, 4:47pm

The most execrable display of judicial ignorance since 1633

A damaged building in a village following the earthquake in L'Aquila.

In the late afternoon of Tuesday on October 17, 1989, a magnitude-7 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay area of California.

The damage was enormous. Thousands were injured and 63 died, most of them when a two-kilometre length of double-decked freeway overpass collapsed, killing 42.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:53am 4 comments

Italian scientists jailed for underestimating killer quake

The trial of the six Italian scientists and government official charged with manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in 2009. Photo: AFP

Six Italian scientists and a government official were found guilty yesterday of multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in the town of L'Aquila in 2009.

23 Oct 2012 - 10:53am

Spanish farmers' ever-deeper wells blamed for earthquake

The aftermath of last year's Lorca earthquake. Photo: AP

Farmers drilling ever deeper wells over decades to water their crops probably contributed to a deadly earthquake in southern Spain last year, a new study suggests. The findings may add to concerns about the effects of new technologies for energy extraction and waste disposal.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:36am

Frog invasion spawns fears of earthquake

Tens of thousands of frogs have appeared on suburban roads in Wuhan and Nanjing, prompting fears among residents that they could be signalling an imminent earthquake.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

Could it happen here?

At a recent luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Central, business executives, lawyers and journalists mingled while feasting on sole fillet and beef goulash. It was the sort of event at which people do not take themselves - or anything - too seriously.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Geologist is crying wolf on earthquake threat facing HK

Next time you go the beach, try a small experiment. Choose a flattish patch of damp sand below the high-tide mark but above the level of the sea. Then tap gently on the surface of the sand with the sole of your foot.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A dying art that could reduce tragedy

Huang Xiangning is among a small legion of diehard mainland seismologists who favour the study of earthquake forecasting, a field he says could die out in 10 years. The 74-year-old retired academic recounts his work in a career spanning more than 40 years and how he was marginalised for his beliefs.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rules for building safety pay off

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan six months ago appears to have caused no more than a rumble in Tokyo's property market. Tragically, for so many communities, at least 135,000 homes were destroyed and whole neighbourhoods wiped out in the disaster that killed nearly 16,000.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Sichuan firm wins quake contract

An earthquake warning system developed by a hi-tech start-up in Sichuan province has won a contract from Haiti, giving China a foothold in a field dominated by Japan.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

HK officials won't risk blame for a property market quake

The army of Hong Kongers who took to the streets in protest last Friday had a list of grievances as long as your arm. But among the loudest of their complaints was the prohibitive cost of housing in the city.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Judge's faulty logic makes us quake

It's a pretty stunning charge: scientists face trial for manslaughter because they failed to predict a deadly earthquake. This is not fiction.

In Italy, a judge has thrown the book at some of the country's top seismologists for not warning of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck the medieval city of L'Aquila in 2009, leaving 308 people dead.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Rolls-Royce to provide Sinopec seismic ship

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec) has awarded Rolls-Royce a GBP20 million (HK$252 million) contract to design and equip a specialist seismic research ship to carry out detailed surveys of the seabed to identify oil and gas reserves. The ship, a UT830CD, will be built by Shanghai Shipyard for Sinopec offshoot Shanghai Offshore Petroleum Geophysical Corp with delivery in 2013.

18 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Reunited at last

Tudo got his owner outside before their house collapsed in the Sichuan earthquake.

23 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Students pay with their lives for a corrupt building industry

The earthquake hit so suddenly that the hundreds of pupils at Fuxin No2 Primary School in Mianzhu's Fuxin township had no chance. Within seconds, the school's three-storey buildings crumbled, entombing 127 students.

Parents who rushed to the school were confronted with the sight of children's bodies buried under the collapsed slabs.

23 Jun 2008 - 12:00am