It has been an especially active week for powerful Pacific earthquakes. On Tuesday, an undersea earthquake caused a tsunami that struck the Samoa islands region, resulting in scores of deaths. Another earthquake hit Indonesia Wednesday morning, causing buildings to topple.
Here are a list of resources to help you better understand, and cover, these natural disasters:
- A fair number of citizen-generated photographs of the Samoa earthquake are rolling in.
- Here are 200 earthquake terms and definitions, many of which are accompanied by illustrations.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 455 people worldwide had died up until last week as a result of 2009 earthquakes.