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The Extinction Protocol

Alpine Fault
March 2015NEW ZEALANDA West Coast community will need to consider drastic changes to its town to prepare for an inevitable Alpine Fault earthquake. The fault runs diagonally through Franz Josef Township and geologists have recommended a “fault avoidance zone” 100 meters either side to protect buildings. GNS Science sent four of its geologists to Franz Josef to talk about what will happen when the Alpine Fault ruptures. The 600-kilometre fault has ruptured five times in the past 1100 years. Each time it produced an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 to 8.0, the last being in 1717. Dr Ursula Cochran said studying the fault was complicated because different sections had ruptured at different times. While researching a section of the fault in South Westland, Cochran and her team found evidence for 24 earthquakes over 8000 years. Based on this and similar research, scientists calculated the average interval between…

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The Extinction Protocol

Peru Mudslide
March 2015PERUA mud-heavy torrent has sent auto-sized rocks crashing into a highlands town along Peru’s main east-west highway and national civil defense chief Carlos Castro says it killed at least seven people and destroyed 65 homes. The central highway remained blocked by debris on Tuesday from the previous night’s catastrophe.
Boulders loosed by two hours of heavy rains smashed through brick walls and floodwaters carried cars, animals and furniture through Chosica’s streets. Televised images showed police breaking through the wall of one home to recover the bodies of 23-year-old Ana Marino and her 3-year-old son, Stefano. Mother was clutching child. Residents asked authorities to send heavy equipment to clear the wreckage. A 1987 mudslide in Chosica killed 64 people. Peru’s weather service predicts heavy coastal rains through the rest of March. –Yahoo News
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