No doubt, earthquakes are devastating disasters, and although there’s little we can do to prevent them, we can at least alert ourselves if an earthquake is coming. A teen / boy from Chile has created just that, a rather interesting earthquake detection system that utilises Twitter.

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Solar gadgets: Sterling Multi PowerStation 5600

On September 14, 2009, in Gadgets, by KLS


Designed by the Japanese to help those who need power the most at times of natural disasters, the Sterling Multi PowerStation 5600 is a multi-equipped, emergency lifesaver device that gives you a combination of hand-crank-powered-dynamo LED light, AM/FM radio, three rechargeable AA batteries, and adapters capable of charging most cell phones and portable devices.


Though we don’t usually think about needing these handy gadgets in the UK, this torch could come in handy on outdoor trips such as camping. More importantly for those in other parts of the world where earthquakes occur frequently, this is extremely useful.

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BBC recently visited the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan where some of the coolest robots were being developed. Though these bots may appear to have clever designs, they’re not just for looks. Their different abilities may well be crucial for saving lifes in natural disasters in the future. In places like Japan, earthquakes are the most feared and these robots could provide valuable aid.


Personally I found the one which had skates on most extraordinary, check out the video after the jump…

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Check out this latest in ‘simulating’ technology which is currently being featured at the Tokyo Game Show 2008. Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3, which I believe just means earthquake simulator in plain human language, can really shake!

It’s capable of going up to Shindo 7 which represents the strongest earthquake you could possibly ever experience. This is a great tool I suppose from an educational perspective, for those especially children in high risk earthquake areas who have never experienced an earthquake, teach them what it’s like. There you go, another excuse to go on the simulator if you’re in Tokyo!

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