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1985 Mexico City Earthquake
1985 Mexico City Earthquake

Duration: 02:15

Detailing the devastating 1985 earthquake which killed at least 9,000 people and injured 30,000 in Mexico City.

 
1989 Santa Cruz, California, Earthquake
1989 Santa Cruz, California, Earthquake

Duration: 03:22

News footage and graphics illustrating the San Andreas fault and 1989 Santa Cruz eathquake.

 
7.9 earthquake at Bhuj, 21 January 2001
7.9 earthquake at Bhuj, 21 January 2001

Duration: 06:22

The impact of the Bhuj earthquake in India and the role of aid agencies and local organisations in the aftermath.

 
Abseiling into a live volcano
Abseiling into a live volcano

Duration: 02:44

Earth scientist Dougal Jerram abseils into the crater of the Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia's Afar region.

 
Active Mount Etna
Active Mount Etna

Duration: 00:51

Professor Iain Stewart explains that Mount Etna is an extremely active volcano – and is described as the most spectacular free show on earth.

 
David Attenbough on basalt lava
David Attenbough on basalt lava

Duration: 04:18

Basalt originates from deep within the Earth's crust and is formed when lava flows over the surface of the Earth and cools.

 
Earthquakes in California and Japan
Earthquakes in California and Japan

Duration: 02:06

Scientists explain how the movement of the Earth's plates creates faults in the Earth’s crust where the plates meet.

 
Earthquakes in the lab
Earthquakes in the lab

Duration: 01:47

Scientists create a scaled-down version of the earthquake causing San Andreas fault to see if they can find ways to predict future quakes.

 
Engineering Earthquake Resistant Structures
Engineering Earthquake Resistant Structures

Duration: 02:22

How engineering can improve the chances of survival from an earthquake.

 
ew Zealand volcanoes - White Island
ew Zealand volcanoes - White Island

Duration: 02:18

White Island is the most active volcano in New Zealand. The crater continuously erupts chemicals and ash and the crater has a lake in the middle.

 
Explosives used to divert lava flow
Explosives used to divert lava flow

Duration: 01:21

The BBC's Justin Webb reports on attempts to divert lava flows on Mount Etna during a 1992 eruption.

 
How earthquakes trigger tsunamis
How earthquakes trigger tsunamis

Duration: 02:16

Using a vice and a water tank a young scientist explains how the build up of stress between the Earth's tectonic plates is suddenly released, with sometimes devastating consequences.

 
Is Yellowstone the only supervolcano?
Is Yellowstone the only supervolcano?

Duration: 03:49

Supervolcanoes are really difficult to find. They are not your normal volcanic cone but wide, shallow calderas. However, there are some tell-tale signs that they are there.

 
Megathrust earthquakes
Megathrust earthquakes

Duration: 01:08

A summary of how megathrust earthquakes are the result of friction occurring at subduction zones mainly within the so called circle of fire.

 
Monsoon floods in Pakistan: food crisis
Monsoon floods in Pakistan: food crisis

Duration: 01:36

The monsoon floods in Pakistan in August 2010 led to concerns over crop failure and food supply.

 
Moonquakes
Moonquakes

Duration: 02:24

How can quakes happen on the moon? Find out how the gravitational pull on Earth can have consequences thousands of miles away, not just on our planet.

 
Musical volcanoes
Musical volcanoes

Duration: 03:16

Geophysicist Bernard Chouet explains how notes from an organ and a volcano about to erupt give off similar resonant signals.

 
New Zealand - plate tectonics theory
New Zealand - plate tectonics theory

Duration: 04:22

Plate tectonics refers to the movement of the Earth's plates. The landscape of the North Island of New Zealand has been shaped by plate tectonics.

 
New Zealand volcanoes - North Island
New Zealand volcanoes - North Island

Duration: 03:14

Much of the land on New Zealand's North Island is made up of volcanic rock. Volcanoes have erupted here since 232AD and eruptions are so frequent that plants have little time to become established.

 
Powerful volcanic eruptions - Mount Pinatubo
Powerful volcanic eruptions - Mount Pinatubo

Duration: 02:35

An animation of the Mount Pinatubo eruption of 1991 in the Philippines and its effect on the global climate.

 
Predicting earthquakes in Turkey
Predicting earthquakes in Turkey

Duration: 04:49

A group of scientists prove that by harnessing the power of technology and computer modelling, the location and timing of earthquakes can be calculated.

 
Preparing for earthquakes
Preparing for earthquakes

Duration: 01:32

The management of the consequences of earthquakes.

 
Prophecies and earthquakes
Prophecies and earthquakes

Duration: 03:16

The ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Delphi, a place where an entranced priestess called the Pythia was said to predict the future, has been found by modern geologists to sit above two fault lines that give off noxious gases.

 
Pyroclastic flows
Pyroclastic flows

Duration: 03:01

An exploration of the devastating power of pyroclastic flow from a volcano and how they flatten and destroy anything in their path.

 
Supervolcanoes – how big is the magma chamber underneath Yellowstone?
Supervolcanoes – how big is the magma chamber underneath Yellowstone?

Duration: 01:51

Seismologists study how earthquake waves travel through the Earth to map the huge magma chamber below Yellowstone National Park.

 
Supervolcanoes – The power of a supervolcano
Supervolcanoes – The power of a supervolcano

Duration: 02:39

Scientists find evidence of a supervolcano's devastating power and link historical events to the hot-spot currently lying underneath Yellowstone National Park.

 
The Asian tsunami: causes and effects
The Asian tsunami: causes and effects

Duration: 02:39

The Asian tsunami of 2004 was caused by tectonic activity beneath the Indian Ocean. The formation of the tsunami is described.

 
The Asian tsunami: damage to coral reefs
The Asian tsunami: damage to coral reefs

Duration: 02:04

An investigation into the impact of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami on the coral reefs of Phuket Island, Thailand, and the implications for the tourist industry.

 
The Asian tsunami: disease
The Asian tsunami: disease

Duration: 02:00

A news report about the Asian tsunami of 2004, which explains how the secondary effects of the tsunami may be diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera.

 
The Asian tsunami: effects on tourism
The Asian tsunami: effects on tourism

Duration: 02:36

Although many of the tourist businesses on Phuket Island, Thailand, were able to re-open soon after the tsunami, tourists stayed away.

 
The Asian tsunami: eyewitness accounts in Sri Lanka
The Asian tsunami: eyewitness accounts in Sri Lanka

Duration: 02:12

In southern Sri Lanka, eyewitnesses describe the arrival and immediate impact of the 2004 tsunami.

 
The Asian tsunami: predicting a future event
The Asian tsunami: predicting a future event

Duration: 01:33

Only half of the 1,600-mile fault line in the Indian Ocean ruptured during the Asian tsunami. If the other half were to rupture in the future, the resulting earthquake could lead to another huge tsunami.

 
The Asian tsunami: variable impacts
The Asian tsunami: variable impacts

Duration: 01:15

An explanation of how the topography of coastlines affects the impact of tsunami waves. The lack of an early warning system partly explains the huge loss of life from the Boxing Day 2004 Asian tsunami disaster.

 
The Boxing Day Earthquake
The Boxing Day Earthquake

Duration: 03:42

Scientists scan the ocean bed using solar imaging technology to investigate the cause of one of the largest earthquakes in the world.

 
The Boxing Day tsunami
The Boxing Day tsunami

Duration: 01:38

Professor Iain Stewart explains how a megathrust earthquake at the bottom of the Indian Ocean triggered the deadly 26 December 2004 tsunami, which killed more than 225,000 people in 11 different countries.

 
The dawn of volcanology
The dawn of volcanology

Duration: 02:27

A concise look at some of the ancient myths associated with volcanic eruptions. Detailed focus on Mount Etna and its location within a subduction zone.

 
The deadliest earthquake
The deadliest earthquake

Duration: 03:16

Professor Iain Stewart investigates the deadliest earthquake ever recorded resulting in over one million people losing their lives when disaster struck.

 
The Haiti earthquake 2010
The Haiti earthquake 2010

Duration: 02:09

Newsnight reports on the powerful 2010 Haiti earthquake that killed thousands of people and levelled houses and other buildings.

 
The Italian earthquake: the aftermath
The Italian earthquake: the aftermath

Duration: 01:37

Images of the destruction caused by the earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, in April 2009. No commentary.

 
The Italian earthquake: the emergency response
The Italian earthquake: the emergency response

Duration: 01:49

Following an earthquake in central Italy in April 2009, reporter David Willey describes the response by the emergency services.

 
The Kobe earthquake
The Kobe earthquake

Duration: 02:50

A short case study of the earthquake which struck Kobe, Japan, in 1995. The cause of the earthquake is described and it is explained why it caused so much damage.

 
The structure of the Earth
The structure of the Earth

Duration: 04:03

Reporting from Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, Liz Bonnin explains the Earth's inner structure using a plum to show the different layers inside our planet.

 
The tsunami from outer space
The tsunami from outer space

Duration: 03:58

Professor Iain Stewart discusses the tsunami waves that would have been caused by the huge asteroid impact that many experts believe killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

 
Tsunami destruction
Tsunami destruction

Duration: 02:17

Professor Iain Stewart explains why tsunami waves can be so much more destructive than ordinary storm waves.

 
Tsunami prone Pacific
Tsunami prone Pacific

Duration: 04:06

Professor Iain Stewart explains why four out of every five tsunamis occur in the Pacific Ocean.

 
Understanding earthquakes and plate tectonics
Understanding earthquakes and plate tectonics

Duration: 03:12

Seismographs have increased our understanding of earthquakes and their origins.

 
Volcanic hazards: lahars in Indonesia
Volcanic hazards: lahars in Indonesia

Duration: 02:05

Lahar is an Indonesian word for volcanic mudflow. There are numerous volcanoes in Indonesia and lahars often occur as a result of water mixing with volcanic ash, mud and boulders.

 
Volcanoes - The sleeping giant
Volcanoes - The sleeping giant

Duration: 03:32

The story of Mount St Helens’ 1980 eruption triggered by an earthquake which awoke the sleeping giant with spectacular consequences

 
What causes earthquakes?
What causes earthquakes?

Duration: 01:29

Professor Iain Stewart investigates how tectonic plates are one of the main causes of earthquakes across our world. Also includes an explanation of the Richter Scale.

 
What might an Irish volcano have looked like?
What might an Irish volcano have looked like?

Duration: 02:06

How Slieve Gullion and the Mourne Mountains may have been formed.

 
When continents collide
When continents collide

Duration: 03:00

An interesting account of how New Zealand was formed millions of years ago largely due to the movement of tectonic plates and the joining together of pre-existing islands.

 
Will Mount St Helens erupt again?
Will Mount St Helens erupt again?

Duration: 01:39

A news report detailing the 2004 eruption fears of Mount St Helens, a volcano in Washington, USA.

 

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