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  1. Volcanoes Whistle Like Tea Kettles Before Erupting, But It Would Probably Be the Last Thing You Hear

    Hey, what's that sounds? BOOM. Dead.

    Before a volcano erupts there can be a series of small earthquakes, sort of like warning shots. They build up in frequency leading to the eruption, which can cause something called "harmonic tremor." New evidence shows that the harmonic tremor can reach the audible range for humans, but if you can hear it, it's probably time to start running.

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  2. Earthquake Interrupts Chinese Reporter’s Marriage So She Covers It in Her Dress [Video]

    In case you weren't already aware, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit a rural area of China's Sichuan province at 8AM local time on Saturday. The exact number of dead and injured isn't clear just yet, but many are reporting at least 100 dead and many times more than that injured. A little strange levity came out of this, though: One reporter -- identified as Chen Ying -- had her marriage ceremony interrupted by the quake, and went on to then cover it in her wedding dress.

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  3. Giant Oklahoma Earthquake Might Have Been Our Own Fault

    Earthquakes just happen. It's no one's fault, really. Well, it is faulting, the vertical or lateral shifting of rock, but this time it might be another sort of fault: Ours. In a study published in Geology this week, scientists link oil-drilling wastewater to the 5.7-magnitude quake that struck Oklahoma in 2011.

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  4. Every Earthquake Has a Silver Gold Lining

    We all know that earthquakes are bad, m'kay? But if you're willing to look past all the destruction they cause, they have a bright, shiny, golden bright side. New research shows that earthquakes can produce gold veins almost instantaneously. Admittedly, you'd have to be pretty greedy and callow to completely look beyond an earthquake's destructive power and say "Hey, look! Gold!" We're not here to judge you, so we'll just explain how the process works.

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  5. Seismic Fabric Could Make Buildings Safer During Earthquakes

    Modern buildings constructed in earthquake prone areas are equipped with the latest technology to withstand a seismic event, but what about the older buildings? Retrofitting can be a costly and disruptive process, so the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed a type of fabric that can be applied to building walls to make them better able to withstand earthquakes. The developers hope the material will help to buy older buildings some time and make them more prepared to stand up to the shaking of an earthquake without sustaining grave damage. In brief earthquakes, researchers are hopeful that it could prevent damage altogether.

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  6. Lucy Jones: The Earthquake Lady

    she blinded me with science

    Lucy Jones gets tons of fan mail, including at least one marriage proposal, and was asked by a complete stranger for her autograph while in Chile, thousands of miles and a hemisphere away from her home in Pasadena, California. Why? Because she's the earthquake lady.

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  7. Foo Fighters Concert Caused Geological Tremors Similar to an Earthquake

    At a recent concert in New Zealand, the Foo Fighters rocked so hard that it caused geological tremors similar to those of an actual earthquake. New Zealand's GeoNet blog reports that two seismic stations outside the stadium no more than 2 kilometers away detected a "strong low frequency" of tremors during the time of the concert, with the strength of the tremors corresponding to the highs and lows of the music. Hilariously, the strength of the levels record were consistent with volcanic activity.

    That's right, Foo Fighter fans, your band rocks that hard.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: All 11 Doctors As Cats

    Things We Saw Today

    We almost refrained from making a "Doctor Mew" joke ... until we didn't. But it's already the official title of the pic by Jenny Parks. (via Blastr)

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  9. 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan, Tsunami Follows

    Natural Disasters

    At 2:46 pm local time, a massive earthquake hit Japan, causing between 200 and 300 deaths and hundreds more reported missing (at the time of this writing). Thousands of residents are evacuating in the wake of the tsunami that followed, and coastal flooding has resulted in extensive damage to rice fields, homes, and entire towns. The quake itself sparked at least 80 fires, according to Japan's Kyodo News Service, and residents have felt 67 aftershocks with magnitudes as big as 7.1. The epicenter was approximately 230 miles to the northeast of Tokyo. Japan is no stranger to earthquakes, but this 8.9 event is being called the biggest in 100 years. Waves from the tsunami have rocked the Pacific Ocean and reached the shores of Hawaii. They are expected to reach the west coast of the United States this morning but serious damage is not expected. Residents of California are not, however, advised to visit the shores today. The Red Cross is now accepting donations for earthquake relief. (Top pic via Business Insider, Story via CNN)

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