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Pele, Fire Goddess in the News

Hawaiian lava flow from USGSYou’d have to be a hermit to have missed the news of recent volcano eruptions and lava flows on Hilo, the “Big Island,” Hawaii. It’s frightening; citizens and their homes are in grave danger; yet, it’s fascinating to watch.  Closer to home, GRCC’s seismometer recorded the earthquakes  associated with volcanic activity.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s website is one place to find accurate scientific information. USC’s Digital Folklore Archive provides the ancient side of the story with Pele: The Fire Goddess.  If you are interested in learning more,  GRCC’s Library has a short video:Hawaii Volcanoes – Mauna Loa. Prod. Arthur Hurley. National Geographic, 2013. Academic Video Online: Premium Database. Web.  (logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number)


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GRCC seismometer records earthquakes in Iraq, Costa Rica

Earthquakes are devastating.  The College is lucky to have technological tools for students to learn about these recent quakes. If you’re as interested in earthquakes as we are, take a look at these books in the LLC Library.

The daily employee newsletter of Grand Rapids Community College

More than 300 people have died and thousands were injured in a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck along the border of Iraq and Iran Sunday night. The location of this earthquake is along a fault where two tectonic plates meet (the Arabian and Eurasian plates). Historically this region has sustained multiple large earthquakes, including a magnitude 7.4 in 1990 that caused over 40,000 fatalities and left more than 600,000 homeless. The GRCC seismometer recorded the Iraq-Iran earthquake as well as a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Costa Rica. For more information about this and other earthquakes, go to the United States Geological Survey’s comprehensive website.

A reading from a seismometer shows an Iraq earthquake registering at magnitude 7.3 and a Costa Rica earthquake at magnitude 6.5.


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