EMSOUTHLAND/YouTube Dr Caroline Orchiston explains the Alpine Fault and the damage the earthquake will wreak. (Video first published in May 2018) As new research reveals the Alpine Fault is more likely than previously thought to rupture in the next 50 years, JOANNE NAISH asks West Coasters: Are you ready? Richard Morris moved to Hokitika from Scotland three years ago and is more ready for the Alpine Fault rupture than many people on the West Coast. “The first weekend of being here I said to the children ‘right let’s plan our route to high ground’, so we walked up to the airport and we all know to head up and meet there.” He, his wife and their two teenagers all have grab bags with essential supplies in case they need to leave at a moment’s notice. At home, they also have an impressive stash of emergency items including water, freeze-dried food, first aid kits and camping gear. “Quite early on moving to New Zealand I learned how we ought to be doing our bit to be … [Read more...] about ‘Rational people wouldn’t live here’: Is the West Coast ready for the Alpine Fault earthquake?
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Frozen Tundra Beyond Milwaukee A man walks along the Lake Michigan shore, with Milwaukee, Wisc., as his backdrop. Image: Darren Hauk/Getty Images Between Two Snow Mounds A family navigates massive piles of snow near Lake Michigan. Image: Darren Hauk/Getty Images Trying to Stay Warm People brave subzero temperatures in Chicago as they wait for an 'L' train to arrive. Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images Ice Crystals Sharp crystals form atop a pond in Lawrenceburg, Ky. Image: Luke Sharrett/Getty Images Icy Shore The shore of Lake Michigan is not vacation material right now. Image: Darren Hauk/Getty Images Frozen Fence Above the crystallized fence, you can just see a plane taking off from Reagan National Airport, outside Washington, D.C. Image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Waiting for the Train A lone man waits on an 'L' platform in Chicago. Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images Mist Off Lake Michigan … [Read more...] about 20 Arctic Photos From the Midst of the Polar Vortex
Southern Australia is roasting as temperatures climb as high as 117 degrees Fahrenheit, and cool reprieve isn't expected until the end of this week. Average temperatures in the summer in this region of Australia reach 79 degrees Fahrenheit. See also: 20 Arctic Photos From the Midst of the Polar Vortex Firefighters are on hand as a severe fire danger rating is in effect for seven of the region's 15 districts. In Melbourne, tennis fans are baking as the Australian Open wraps its second day. A dwindling group of spectators braving the heat are sporting light clothing as armor against the sun while players are retreating to bags of ice between matches. Beachgoers Bake in the Sun A man sunbathes in the midday sun during a heat wave at Glenelg beach on Jan. 13 in Adelaide. Image: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images Zookeepers Give Animals Icy Treats During Heat Wave In an effort to help their residents beat the heat, keepers at Melbourne Zoo have been handing … [Read more...] about It’s Hot as Hell in Australia Right Now
1. Loyal Packers fans trickled into Lambeau Field well before kickoff despite freezing temperatures. Image: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images 2. You're not hardcore. These folks are hardcore. Image: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images 3. The Packers gave out free coffee and hot chocolate for fans brave enough to withstand the cold. Image: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images 4. These fans used the cold as wardrobe inspiration. Image: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images 5. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick still played in short sleeves though. Image: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images 6. When he went to the sidelines, however, it was a different story. Image: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images 7. A much different story. Image: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images 8. When Randall Cobb celebrated a fourth-quarter catch, steam spewed from his mouth. Image: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images 9. Packers coach Mike McCarthy Image: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images … [Read more...] about 14 Freaky Photos From the Frigid 49ers-Packers Game
close Video 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is running out of names, so what happens next? With a number of weeks left in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and only one name left on the official storm name list, the National Hurricane Center explains what happens next. The Western Hemisphere's first tropical system of 2021 could form by next week, as meteorologists are watching for a tropical development over the Pacific Ocean and south of Mexico . THE 2021 HURRICANE SEASON NAMES AND DATES: WHAT COULD BE NEXT FOR EAST COAST? Accuweather reported on Thursday that an area of low pressure was being monitored a few hundred miles south of the Gulf of Tehuantepec and that the water in the region is "anomalously warm" at 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Water at just 80 degrees Fahrenheit is considered to be at a critical temperature threshold for tropical development, it noted. Tropical storm systems form when water is extremely warm … [Read more...] about First tropical system of 2021 in Western Hemisphere could form by next week