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Fault Curvature May Control Where Big Quakes Occur

Major earthquakes, magnitude 8.5 and stronger, occur where faults are mostly flat, say geologists from the University of Oregon and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. Curvier faults, they report in the journal Science, are less likely to experience earthquakes exceeding that strength.

Large earthquakes, known as mega-quakes, were long thought to be possible only at the boundary between fast converging, young tectonic plates until two giant earthquakes. However the magnitude 9.4 quake in Indonesia in 2004 and the 9.0 quake in Japan in 2011 disconfirmed the theory.

Since then giant earthquakes have been thought to be possible on any large fault. In the new paper researchers show that the maximum size of earthquakes may be controlled by another parameter – the fault curvature.


DATE : 25 November 2016

SOURCE : Science Newsline

RT (formerly Russia Today)

RT, originally Russia Today, is a news and television network funded by the Russian government. It operates cable and satellite television channels directed to audiences outside of Russia as well as providing online content via a website and a YouTube channel in various languages, including Russian, English, French, German, Spanish and Arabic.

RT is a brand of TV-Novosti, an ‘autonomous non-profit organization’, founded by the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, in 2005. During the economic crisis in 2008, the Russian Government, headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, included ANO TV-Novosti in the list of core organizations of strategic importance in Russia.

RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards for best 24-hour newscast, and the only Russian TV channel to become a four-time finalist of the International Emmy Award for News.

RT has been called a propaganda outlet for the Russian government and its foreign policy. It has also been accused of spreading disinformation. The UK media regulator, Ofcom, has repeatedly found RT to have breached rules on impartiality, and of broadcasting “materially misleading” content. RT states that it merely offers a Russian perspective on global events.

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Russian senator promises nuclear response to NATO expansion

A member of the Committee on Defence and Security for Russia’s Upper House, Senator Franz Klintsevich, has said Russia will target any sites it considers to be a threat with nuclear weapons if NATO continues to try enlist new member-countries.

“In reply to NATO’s aggressive actions, to the alliance’s attempts to draw more and more nations into their orbit, there will be a harsh and unambiguous response from Russia’s side. We will aim our weapons, including the nuclear ones, at any of the alliance’s site that would threaten us, wherever these sites are placed.”

Senator Klintsevich added that by nuclear weapons he meant both stationary land-based systems, and mobile weapons, including sea- and air-based systems.


DATE : 25 November 2016


Sierra Leone still suffers the consequences of Ebola

Over 11,000 people died of ebola in west Africa. Many who were affected by the disease survived and are living with the after effects.

In Sierra Leone there are 4,000 ebola survivors.

Dr Anders Nordström, WHO country representative for Sierra Leone, discusses how the country is better prepared for another outbreak. Systems are now in place for earlier detection of future health threats like ebola.


DATE : 28 November 2016

SOURCE : Al Jazeera

China and nonproliferation : Divergence between policy and actions

A roundtable discussion from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists about China’s policy of nuclear nonproliferation.

What effect the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States will have on China’s policy.

How China’s dealings on nuclear issues with North Korea, Pakistan and Iran sit with their nonproliferation policy.

Contributors to the roundtable discussion include Rajesh Rajagopalan, Gregory Kulacki and Hua Han.


DATE : 21 November 2016

SOURCE : Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

India has effective deterrence against Chinese, Pakistan nukes – former National Security Adviser

India has effective deterrence against both China and Pakistan former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon has said in his new book Choices. However while China’s nuclear weapons are a major strategic concern for India, Pakistan’s nuclear programme “remains a daily source of tactical worry” and both countries’ nuclear weapons programmes “are so closely linked… that they may effectively be treated as one”.

Shivshankar Menon’ book “Choices : Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy” was published on 30 October 2016 by Brookings Institution.


DATE : 23 November 2016

SOURCE : The India Times / The Economic Times

North Korea could create ‘explosive outcome’ – former US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman

North Korea could potentially create an “explosive outcome” as the communist nation has nuclear weapons and it is difficult to contain leader Kim Jong-un, according to Mike Mullen, former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Retired Admiral Mullen expressed this view during an interview with ABC television’s ‘This Week’ as he discussed security problems US President-elect Donald Trump could face after taking office.


DATE : 27 November 2016

SOURCE : Yonhap News Agency


Yonhap News Agency

Yonhap News Agency is South Korea’s largest news agency. It is a publicly funded company, based in Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap provides news articles, pictures and other information to newspapers, TV networks and other media in South Korea.

It was establised in December 1980. It is the only Korean wire service that works with foreign news agencies, and provides a limited selection of news on its website in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic and French.

In 2003, the South Korean government passed a law giving financial and systematic assistance to the agency, to reinforce staff and provide equipment. The legislation also gave Yonhap News Agency the role of ‘promoting the country’s image’ to an international audience. The head of the Yonhap agency is usually affiliated with the government.

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