Tuesday, August 23, 2011
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
Structural engineers and architects said some of the city’s older buildings are not reinforced, and a stronger quake than the one that rocked the city Tuesday could have caused major damage.
Where Were You When the Earthquake Hit? Tell us!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rattled the East Coast Tuesday, with tremors felt from as far south as North Carolina all the way north to Rhode Island. According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter was 40 miles outside of Richmond, Va.
We're still gathering information on transportation and infrastructure but for now, here's what we know as of 3:45pm:
- Amtrak service is disrupted between Washington and Baltimore as D.C.'s Union Station was evacuated and trains south of Baltimore are running at slower speeds
- Airports are all back up and running according to the FAA. Planes were grounded and terminals evacuated in Washington, D.C. with closures at New York's JFK lasting 45 minutes. Newark ceased operations for 20-30 minutes. Some delays persist at most airports.
- Travelers reported that some Hudson River closed between New York and New Jersey, but the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says there were no closures, nor reports of any damage.
- Buildings and transit centers were evacuated throughout the region.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Buildings in New York City shook briefly Tuesday afternoon as an earthquake originating in Virginia rattled the ground throughout the East Coast.
Did you feel the earthquake tremors? Tell us!
Friday, July 08, 2011
(Washington D.C. - WAMU) In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in their place will be a fleet of all new train cars.
Officials say their goal is to develop something sturdy and safe, but also something comfortable and inviting
"The design has a physical aspect, as well as a psychological aspect," says Masamichi Udagawa, an industrial designer Metro brought on to help design the aesthetics of the new cars.
He says the interiors will be a dark blue color, rather than the traditional orange and brown Metro riders are used to.
Udagawa says the reason for the change is that brown isn’t a very popular color.
"People really didn't like seeing the brown again," he laughs. "The color is a very subjective thing. It's very, very context-sensitive. So in the context of the D.C. system, people are a bit tired and maybe bored with brown."
The Kawasaki Company, based out of Japan, is building the train cars and could have them ready by 2013. But Metro says they might be delayed because of the recent earthquake and tsunami.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We’ve heard the reports and told the stories of Japan, how it’s facing its worst crisis since World War II, about a death toll in the tens of thousands, the massive destruction of entire cities, and continuing threats of nuclear meltdown. Now, here’s more terrifying news: The threat of earthquakes hasn’t gone away — it has increased. Thomas Jordan is the Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center. And his work shows that Japan is under an increased threat for aftershocks. He appears in a new NOVA special "Japan's Killer Quake," which premiers tonight on PBS. Collum Macrae is one of the producers of the documentary.
Friday, March 25, 2011
It’s been two weeks since the earthquake and tsunami hit Northeastern Japan. Ever since that day, Japanese officials have been working tirelessly to avert a nuclear disaster. Friday morning, Japanese nuclear safety officials said that they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have breached. That raises the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination to the environment. Henry Fountain, Science Reporter for The New York Times explains the latest.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
More than a week after the March 11 earthquake hit, eyes, hearts and browser windows have been trained on Japan. Here is a list of events happening around the city to raise funds.
Monday, March 21, 2011
The tsunami came too quickly. Japan's coastal towns had only a 30-minute warning, which was barely enough time to escape the wave, and for many disabled citizens, not enough time at all. The disabled are among the most vulnerable victims of the recent destruction in Japan. Yukiko and Shoji Nakanishi are members of a Japanese relief organization that is working tirelessly to provide shelter and evacuation support to northern Japan's disabled populations.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Operation Odyssey Dawn began Saturday with coalition missiles targeting Moammar Gadhafi's tanks and air defenses. Is the United States leading this effort? Meanwhile, relief and rescue efforts continue in Japan and time is of the essence as over 12,000 people are still missing and 8,000 have been confirmed dead so far.
Friday, March 18, 2011
By Jim O'Grady
Travelers from Japan trickled into New York City airports this week in the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and worsening conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. At JFK Airport, each arrived with a story.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given a much more dire analysis of the nuclear threat bearing down on Japan than Japanese officials. Gregory Jaczko told Congress yesterday that the damage to at least one reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant was more serious than Tokyo has described, and suggested Americans in that country stay at least 50 miles away — well above the Japanese evacuation area of 12 miles from the plant.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The tsunami that hit Japan's coast, washed away streets, brought down buildings and wiped away landmarks, essentially erasing any map of the region. This poses an immense challenge to relief teams who have to work immediately and systematically to save victims.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Japan teeters on the brink of a nuclear meltdown following the 8.9 earthquake and the enormous tsunami. Meanwhile, many in the U.S. are pondering the state of our nuclear power plants if they ever faced a similar bout with mother nature. The U.S. is the home of 104 nuclear reactor sites, four of them along the west coast — famed for its fault line and earthquakes — one in Washington, two in California, and three in Arizona.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Japan is faced with a massive humanitarian crisis and potential nuclear threat after last week's earthquake and tsunami. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 took the lives of over 140,000 Japanese citizens and destroyed the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama. During World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nearly wiped off the map in an instant flash of nuclear fission. And tsunami is, of course, a Japanese word. How has Japanese culture handled natural disaster and tragedy in the past?
Friday, March 11, 2011
A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Japan's police said between 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal area.