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  1. Science

    Volcanoes Whistle Like Tea Kettles Before Erupting, But It Would Probably Be the Last Thing You Hear

    Before a volcano erupts there can be a series of small earthquakes, sort of like warning shots. They build up in frequency leading to the eruption, which can cause something called "harmonic tremor." New evidence shows that the harmonic tremor can reach the audible range for humans, but if you can hear it, it's probably time to start running.

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  2. Weird

    Earthquake Interrupts Chinese Reporter’s Marriage So She Covers It in Her Dress [Video]

    In case you weren't already aware, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit a rural area of China's Sichuan province at 8AM local time on Saturday. The exact number of dead and injured isn't clear just yet, but many are reporting at least 100 dead and many times more than that injured. A little strange levity came out of this, though: One reporter -- identified as Chen Ying -- had her marriage ceremony interrupted by the quake, and went on to then cover it in her wedding dress.

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  3. Science

    Giant Oklahoma Earthquake Might Have Been Our Own Fault

    Earthquakes just happen. It's no one's fault, really. Well, it is faulting, the vertical or lateral shifting of rock, but this time it might be another sort of fault: Ours. In a study published in Geology this week, scientists link oil-drilling wastewater to the 5.7-magnitude quake that struck Oklahoma in 2011.

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  4. Science

    Every Earthquake Has a Silver Gold Lining

    We all know that earthquakes are bad, m'kay? But if you're willing to look past all the destruction they cause, they have a bright, shiny, golden bright side. New research shows that earthquakes can produce gold veins almost instantaneously. Admittedly, you'd have to be pretty greedy and callow to completely look beyond an earthquake's destructive power and say "Hey, look! Gold!" We're not here to judge you, so we'll just explain how the process works.

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  5. Science

    Seismic Fabric Could Make Buildings Safer During Earthquakes

    Modern buildings constructed in earthquake prone areas are equipped with the latest technology to withstand a seismic event, but what about the older buildings? Retrofitting can be a costly and disruptive process, so the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed a type of fabric that can be applied to building walls to make them better able to withstand earthquakes. The developers hope the material will help to buy older buildings some time and make them more prepared to stand up to the shaking of an earthquake without sustaining grave damage. In brief earthquakes, researchers are hopeful that it could prevent damage altogether.

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  6. Entertainment

    Foo Fighters Concert Caused Geological Tremors Similar to an Earthquake

    At a recent concert in New Zealand, the Foo Fighters rocked so hard that it caused geological tremors similar to those of an actual earthquake. New Zealand's GeoNet blog reports that two seismic stations outside the stadium no more than 2 kilometers away detected a "strong low frequency" of tremors during the time of the concert, with the strength of the tremors corresponding to the highs and lows of the music. Hilariously, the strength of the levels record were consistent with volcanic activity.

    That's right, Foo Fighter fans, your band rocks that hard.

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