Who isn't afraid of being waken abruptly by a shaking building whose roof is caving in? Or a huge tsunami sweeping though your town? Earthquakes are terrifying. But what exactly are they? Why do earthquakes happen?
Earlier this week, Panama City Beach, Florida was overwhelmed with a sweeping wave of fog that was not unlike a cloud tsunami. It creeped onto the beach and rolled right over buildings, giving off an almost supernatural aura.
I may not speak Japanese, but “oh crap” is pretty much universal no matter what language you shout it in. As the water breaks over the sea wall you can see cars get taken out by the water, their poor drivers trapped, in this just released footage of the horrendous disaster.
Last march when the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant was disastrously damaged by a tsunami, plant technicians used seawater to cool the meltdown situation. At the time, that was probably the best way to avoid an even worse situation.
Cleanup efforts around the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant are expected to require decades — up to fifty years, in fact. However, if a new radiation decontamination technology from Toshiba and IHI pans out, that date will come much, much sooner.
The Japanese do love their robots, so it’s not all that much of a surprise that the country is turning to them for its food production. The plan is to set up an autonomous robot farm on one of the worst Tsunami hit areas, using a £33m investment to regenerate the struggling Japanese agriculture industry.