Now we know why the Japanese tsunami was so huge

Last year's earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan left scientists baffled. They knew that the potential for large waves was very real, but the tremendous size of the Japanese tsunami went beyond their wildest expectations — with some waves reaching as high as 20 feet. But now, scientists at Cambridge University… » 8/24/12 12:29pm 8/24/12 12:29pm

New Archeological Proof for the Oldest Tsunami in Recorded History

Tucked away in the 8th volume of Herodotus' Histories is a reference to a town that was saved from attack by the Persians when the sea retreated — then returned higher than ever, drowning those who tried to cross the shallows. This account of 479 BCE is regarded as the first historical reference to a tsunami — and now… » 4/25/12 5:00pm 4/25/12 5:00pm

How humanity survived for 8000 years on the most extreme islands on Earth

Imagine a life of almost complete isolation, spent on a barren island constantly hit by a mix of volcanoes, tsunamis, and long, brutal winters. For thousands of years, that's what people have endured on the Kuril Islands, an archipelago stretching from Russia to Japan that just might be the most extreme place humans… » 2/22/11 12:30pm 2/22/11 12:30pm