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A search and rescue team searches for survivors in Kathmandu after the earthquake in Nepal, in March 2015.
A search and rescue team searches for survivors in Kathmandu after the earthquake in Nepal, in March 2015.
Patrick Randall

Chile was struck last month by an 8.6-magnitude earthquake that killed 13 people and forced thousands to evacuate their homes. The tremor, followed by a tsunami, was the most powerful recorded since the beginning of the year in the world's most earthquake-prone country.

But what was perhaps most notable was the contrast between the quake's seismic force and the relatively few casualties, as well as limited material damage. Officials say this can be explained by a series of planning measures implemented after an 8.8-magnitude quake that killed more than 500 people in 2010.

Though humans can do little to either predict or prevent earthquakes, we can limit their disastrous consequences. Here, we take a look at recent innovative efforts around the world in avoiding the worst when the ground starts to shake.

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Yes, Her Too: A Feminist Reading Of The Depp Vs. Heard Case

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation suit has become a Hollywood media (sh*t) storm, but there are troubling real consequences in the way domestic violence is being portrayed, when the victim is less-than-perfect.

Fans welcome Johnny Depp with "Justice For Johnny" signs at the defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Catalina Ruiz-Navarro*

First the background: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met in 2012. They started a relationship when Depp was still with Vanessa Paradis, and eventually married in 2015. Fifteen months later, Heard filed for divorce, accusing Depp of domestic violence and asking for a restraining order.

In the lawsuit, Heard said, ”I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.” They then made a million-dollar settlement, and soon after, Heard asked for the restraining order to be dropped.

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