Tag Archives: United States

USGS: California is not doomed to fall into the ocean

Yet another aftershock of the March 11 earthquake hit Japan today. So it seems like a good time to bring up the United States Geological Survey’s fascinating FAQ on earthquake myths. Here’s one new thing that I learned. Q: Will California eventually fall off into the ocean? A: No. The San Andreas Fault System, which… Read More »

Japan nuclear crisis: “Should I take potassium iodide pills to protect against radiation exposure?”

In the past couple of days, as many of us around the world began thinking seriously about the fallout from the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan, I’ve gotten lots of questions about potassium iodide pills—”Why do people take them?”, “How do they work?”, “Should my family take them?” I’ve spoken with several health physicists—researchers… Read More »

Dirty debt collectors frightened victims with fake “sheriffs,” “courtroom,” “judges”

The Pennsylvania Attorney General has brought suit against the Unicredit Debt Resolution Center in Erie, PA. According to the suit, Unicredit dressed its employees in fake sheriff’s deputies uniforms to lure debtors out of their homes with unenforceable orders, and took them to a fake courtroom where another employee pretending to be a judge told… Read More »