Earthquake

An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor, or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes are recorded with a seismometer, also known as a seismograph. The moment magnitude (or the related and mostly obsolete Richter magnitude) of an earthquake is conventionally reported, with magnitude 3 or lower earthquakes being mostly imperceptible and magnitude 7 causing serious damage over large areas. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale.

Senkaku Islands Dispute May Hurt Japan?s Recovering Tourism Industry

When China and the Philippines sparred over the disputed Scarborough Shoal (known as Huangyan Island in China) this past May, the People?s Republic canceled all outbound travel to the Philippines, dealing a direct blow to an industry vital to the nation?s economy. Substitute Japan for the Philippines and Senkaku Islands (known as Diaoyu Islands in China) for Scarborough Shoal, and you?ve got the same thing happening this September.

Haiti Slammed By Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac battered southern Haiti on Saturday, drenching the storm-prone island's capital of Port-au-Prince and leaving at least three people dead.

Why Do The Caribbean Islands Form An Arc?

By looking at earthquake data, scientists were able to get a clear picture of the interaction between the continental South American plate and the Caribbean Plate, which is mostly oceanic.

Taiwan And Japan: Two Nations With Long History Stuck In Limbo

Taiwan and Japan have an awkward relationship that is compromised and complicated by various intractable issues - namely, Mainland China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory and has compelled most nations of the earth to deny diplomatic recognition of the island.

Japan’s Quarterly Economic Growth Slows Down To 0.3%

Japan's economic growth slowed down in the April-June quarter compared to the first three months of the year, indicating that the country is losing growth momentum affected by soft global demand and weak consumer spending.

Asian Stocks Fall On Weak Japan Data

Most of the Asian markets fell Monday as investors continued to have worries that the global economy is weakening and the growth is losing its momentum following the weak GDP data from Japan.

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