Singapore on the Hillside

We all know gravity is pulling us down towards the Earth. We usually assume that this means towards the centre of the planet, but that’s actually not the case. It would be the case if the Earth was a perfect sphere with uniform density, but our planet is a lot more interesting than that. Earth…

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An Unquenchable Force | Tsunamis

While writing this article, my father sent me a chilling text message saying a 9.0-magnitude earthquake (according to the US Geological Survey) had just hit the Pacific Ocean near Northeastern Japan on March 11. Tsunami alerts were promptly sounded in 50 countries from Alaska to South America. However, nothing could adequately brace the people of…

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A Torrent from Hell

Tokyo will probably not forget 1923 in a hurry. The Hifukusho-Ato region of Tokyo was shaken to its foundation by a violent Great Kanto earthquake which ignited a large firestorm and produced a mammoth fire tornado that killed 38,000 people in just 15 minutes. That deadly statistic clearly casts no doubt on how dangerous fire…

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