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Animation of energy released during earthquakes since 1960

By Eileen De Guire / December 12, 2011

This two minute animation compares the relative sizes, i.e., energy released, in memorable earthquakes since 1960. The area of the circles represents the relative energy released, and the potential for a tsunami to occur is indicated by a color code system used by NOAA’s National Weather Service. Because the Richter scale is logarithmic, the animation…

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Haiti update: Georgia Tech humanitarian logistics and civil engineering/cements experts launch new effort to assess & reduce earthquake risks

By / August 10, 2011

Seismic and plate tectonic setting of the Caribbean region. Credit: Eric Calais, Purdue Univ. Back in early January, I had a story about proposal from a Georgia Tech team of cements experts who had a remarkable pragmatic and inexpensive proposal for rebuilding Haiti: Recycle the concrete that is laying around in huge rubble mounds. (Their…

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NPR: Haitians take rubble removal into own hands

By / January 13, 2011

(Credit: Jonathan Pankau/Wikimedia Commons.) Last week we had about a report from researchers at Georgia Tech who show how concrete rubble from the earthquake can be safely recycled into stronger concrete using local resources and manual production and mixing techniques. As a follow-up to this, I want to highlight an NPR story first broadcast yesterday…

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Rebuilding in Haiti can be faster, stronger and less expensive using concrete made of recycled materials, says Georgia Tech group

By / January 4, 2011

Credit: ACerS Bulletin/Reginald DesRoches It’s nearly the one-year anniversary of the huge earthquake that crumbled Port-au-Prince and other parts of Haiti, and, unfortunately, reconstruction has taken place only on a very small scale. The reasons for the slow pace are complicated: political uncertainties, uncoordinated plans and financing and, fundamentally, the underlying poverty of the nation…

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Recycled Haitian concrete can be safe, strong and less expensive, says Georgia Tech group; Reusing rubble can accelerate reconstruction

By / January 4, 2011

January 4, 2011                                               (click for PDF version) WESTERVILLE, OH – Nearly one year after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the Republic of Haiti, engineering and concrete experts at Georgia Tech report that concrete and…

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Haiti’s materials debris problem still slowing infrastructure rebuilding

By / November 18, 2010

Remains of Montana Hotel, Port-au-Prince. Credit: Joshua Lee Kelsey, USN. An ACerS Cements Division member tipped me off to an op-ed in the New York Times that appeared this summer that I (and probably many others) overlooked, but is still timely for many reasons. It It was written by three of the member’s colleagues at…

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