Earthquakes are rare in the eastern United States – but recent minor tremors in the Mississippi valley are a reminder that the region has, in the past, experienced much larger and more damaging seismic events.
In 1975, four seismologists correctly predicted the Haicheng Earthquake, but seismologists are still looking for an accurate earthquake forecasting method.
Another major storm strikes the United Kingdom. But is such a storm unprecedented? The so-called Great Storm which struck southern England and Wales in 1703 caused extensive damage – but was it be biggest on record?
At around ten o’clock on November 1, 1755, somewhere out in the Atlantic Ocean, an enormous earthquake broke the earth’s crust deep under water. Soon, the buildings of Lisbon began to shake, then came a tsunami. David Chester describes it as “the largest documented seismic event to have struck Europe.”