Taking into account the cultural context to improve scientific communication – Lessons learned from earthquakes in Mayotte

by Laure Fallou and Rémy Bossu   Since 10th May 2018, a series of earthquakes has hit Mayotte Island, and it has not stopped yet. This seismic activity is very unusual in the area and has left not only the citizens, but also the authorities and the scientific community puzzled. Soon after the outset of the crisis one could observe the rise of a distrust atmosphere and of conspiracy theories.

Palu 2018 – Science and surprise behind the earthquake and tsunami

On September 28, 2018, a powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake and an unexpected tsunami shook the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, leaving behind catastrophic results and open questions among geoscientists. How come this event is having such an impact on the scientific community?   What we know so far On Friday afternoon (at around 5pm Western Indonesian Time) the Minahassa Peninsula on Sulawesi i ...[Read More]

What’s Shaking? – Facts and figures of latest earthquakes

Haven’t you heard about the recent major earthquakes which stroke the globe? No worries, the ECS-reps will post a quarterly report with basic information about the latest earthquakes you can’t miss. Let’s start with June, July and August 2018.      Between the 1st June and the 31st August, 425 earthquakes with magnitude Mw above 5.0 were recorded by the international network broadband se ...[Read More]

Lombok and Fiji – or why a M6.9 earthquake can be worse news than a M8.2 event

Two magnitude 6.9 earthquakes in Indonesia in the space of two weeks, 20 km apart. Meanwhile, a magnitude 8.2 event in the Pacific. Did you get any questions about the end of the world being upon us, how come all these quakes happen so close together and why the Fiji event was so harmless?       Latitude Longitude Origin time depth Magnitude Region 8.2597° S 116.4363° E 2018-08-05 1 ...[Read More]