How Dangerous Can Ocean Waves Get? Wave Comparison

12. Dec. 1978. A few hours after midnight, the freighter Marion picked up a distress call from the cargo ship MS München. Several faint SOS signals were received. Apparently the ship, bound for Savannah George, got into trouble crossing the north Atlantic, where a fierce storm had been raging since November. initially nobody was too worried. Only 6 years old at that time the MS München was one of newest and most modern carriers of its time. It had been designed to cope even with the 10-15m high waves during heavy storms and was widely considered to be unsinkable. Yet […]

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Why are earthquakes so hard to predict? – Jean-Baptiste P. Koehl

In 132 CE, chinese language polymath Zhang Heng provided the Han court docket with his latest invention. This enormous vase, he claimed, would tell them every time an earthquake came about in their kingdom together with the path they should send aid. The court used to be slightly skeptical, in particular when the device brought on on a apparently quiet afternoon. However when messengers came for help days later, their doubts became to gratitude. In these days, we not depend on pots to identify seismic activities, however earthquakes still offer a unique undertaking to these seeking to monitor them. So […]

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