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How the Climate Is Breeding More Black Swans

November 8, 2013 Comments off

fool.com

Here’s a definition that should send chills down the spines of investors: “An unpredictable or unforeseen event, typically one with extreme consequences.” This sums up a black swan event. Nassim Nicholas Taleb mainstreamed the concept through his writings. His points became particularly topical through his book, The Black Swan, around the time of the financial crisis — a major, destructive event that many people found unexpected and, beforehand, maybe even impossible.

There’s a similar risk brewing on the horizon. Climate change could be the next black swan event that causes an ugly ripple effect through our lives and economies. The majority of current investment strategy comes up short on modeling, even considering that this as a legitimate concern, at least for our lifetimes.

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Here’s a lesson in extreme irony: The term originated when people didn’t believe black swans existed at all. Because no one had ever seen one, it certainly looked as if Read more…

New Zealand Earthquakes 2013: Temblors Damage Homes And Destroy Bridge

August 16, 2013 Comments off

huffingtonpost.com

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Strong earthquakes shook central New Zealand on Friday, damaging homes and roads and sending office workers scrambling for cover in the capital. No serious injuries were reported.

A magnitude-6.5 temblor struck just after 2:30 p.m. near the small South Island town of Seddon, and at least six aftershocks were 5.0 magnitude or stronger.

Several homes near the epicenter were severely damaged, with chimneys collapsing and roofs caving in, said police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn. She said a bridge was severely damaged on the main highway near Seddon, and that rocks and debris had fallen onto the road. Police closed a section of the highway.

Some buildings in Wellington, the capital, were evacuated, and items were knocked off shelves in places.

Police said a number of people were freed from Wellington elevators that stopped working. The initial temblor also forced the nation’s stock exchange to close for more than an hour.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said there was Read more…

Planet undergoing MASSIVE Changes

February 8, 2013 Comments off

The deadly 8.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Solomon Islands days ago, struck along a subduction zone, the same geologic setting responsible for the world’s most powerful earthquakes…

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3.0-magnitude earthquake rocks North Texas

January 23, 2013 Comments off

wfaa.com

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Irving Wednesday night.

The quake hit at 10:16 pm., with the epicenter in Irving just south of the intersection of the Bush Turnpike and Highway 114 and 3.5 miles east of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The USGS said it measured the quake at a depth of 10 miles.

In the minutes following the tremor, WFAA’s Facebook page received more than 250 comments — most of which were from people who said they felt the earth unexpectedly shaking.

“I’m in Irving off 161 and Rochelle,” wrote John Hendry. “Felt a boom and house shook; no apparent damage.”

“It freaked me out!” wrote Tonya Taylor Paris from Euless near D/FW International Airport. “My whole house rattled and crackled after it happened. My front large window rattled really loud.”

“We all thought our chairs were moving due to a plane,” said Lisa Olivero Riccetti, who was at D/FW.

“It felt like a bus ran into the building,” wrote Martin Ross at Belt Line Road and Walnut Hill Lane in Irving.

“This is the third time this has happened since I lived in these apartments,” said Veronica Rodroguez-Harris in Irving.

Last September, multiple earthquakes measuring 3.4 and 3.1 magnitude shook the same general area

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Planetary Alignment / Earthquake Watch 2013 Full Year

January 19, 2013 Comments off

 

Published on Jan 16, 2013

(00:05) Planetary Alignment / Earthquake Watch Jan 18-19, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfIRFFkjLbk
(03:49) Planetary Alignment / Earthquake Watch Jan 28-29, 2013
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7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of Alaska

January 5, 2013 Comments off

earthsky.org

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said that a strong 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the southeastern coast of Alaska just before midnight local time last night (January 4-5, 2013).  A local tsunami warning was issued for parts of southern Alaska and coastal Canada, and it has now been withdrawn.  The warning area extened for about 475 miles and included coastal areas from about 75 miles southeast of Cordova, Alaska, to the north tip of Vancouver Island, Canada, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.  There were no initial reports of damage from the earthquake.

Here are the details of the quake from USGS:

Date-Time  Saturday, January 05, 2013 at Read more…

Mexico Earthquake Today 2012, Terremoto Erupts in Baja California

December 27, 2012 Comments off

lalate.com

Mexico Earthquake Today 2012, Terremoto Erupts in Baja California

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A strong Mexico earthquake has erupted today. A terremoto en Mexico hoy, Thursday, December 27, 2012, began in the predawn morning hours centered in Baja California. The quake marks one of the strongest Mexico temblors to strike this December. No reports of damage have yet to be indicated by local news.

Officials tell news that a 4.7 magnitude Mexico earthquake erupted Thursday at 6:05 am local time. The quake, while strong, also posted a shallow epicenter. USGS indicates to news the Mexico earthquake erupted six miles below sea level in the Gulf of California, off the east coast of Baja California. The quake, however, could be felt to the west on the Baja peninsula.

USGS indicates to news that the Mexico earthquake began Read more…

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