Here in the U.S.'s northeast we tend to get ticked off when the weather service fails to predict a major storm, but in Italy, it turns out that making inaccurate predictions about natural disasters could send you to the slammer for six years.
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake wreaked havoc on the west coast town. What would this early 20th century disaster look like mashed up against the same modern day city streets?
The biggest danger during an earthquake, is getting crushed by stuff falling around you. That's why experts will tell you to take cover under furniture or in a doorway. Better still would be to have a special crush-resistant place to hide, like this 65 ton seismic bed.
People have different ideas of what you should do if you're inside a building when an earthquake strikes. While most tell you to stand in a doorway where the building will be stronger, others say you should get under a sturdy table to protect your noggin from falling stuff.
If you're caught in the middle of a violent earthquake, your first concern is probably avoiding falling bits of building. Unfortunately most of us don't walk around with a hard hat, but that could change if this bag that doubles as a helmet catches on.
Structural collapse is the number one hazard during a big earthquake, so scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have developed an enormously strong wallpaper and adhesive that they claim can hold things together through all the shaking.
Last year's massive quake in Japan reminded us all just how destructive an earthquake can be. To prepare for the next one, Japanese engineers are coming up with all kinds of new ways to protect vulnerable buildings.
Humans have a lousy record of predicting earthquakes, but odd behavior by animals at Washington's National Zoo, shows that some animals have a finely tuned ability to sense when a quake is coming.
It's easy to think of an earthquake as a Californian problem for the rest of the U.S., but the truth — only made more clear by Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude tectonic jiggling — is that the rest of the country is in danger, too. In fact, just this year the government simulated how bad a Midwestern "big one" could be, and it wasn't pretty.
Yesterday's magnitude 5.9 earthquake cause quite a stir on the East Coast. The video below shows an animation of the seismic waves as they moved across the country. But before you check it out, read on for a description: