A dashcam video caught a near miss with a huge boulder in the Taroko Gorge in Eastern Taiwan on April 18, 2019. The rockfall was triggered by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in the area, you can even hear the emergency alert sound on the radio in the video. More info can be found at the Landslide Blog.
A new study published in the current issue of Geoarchaeology claims that earthquake-prone areas along the edges of tectonic plates were far more likely to give birth to great ancient civilizations than less dynamic landscapes. The author of the paper, Eric Force, a (U of A Wildcat!) says that 13 of 15 ancient civilizations sites aren’t the product of chance. Instead, ancient people appear to have chosen to settle close to a tectonic plate boundary. The exceptions were in ancient China and Egypt. [Image Adapted from Eric R. Force, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, 23 (2008)]