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17th-Century Painting Cut From Frame in Quake-Hit Church

Italy deploying soldiers to deter further looting

(Newser) - Someone took advantage of the severe earthquakes last month in Italy to steal a 17th-century painting from a church that was badly damaged by the temblors. "Pardon in Assisi," a 1631 piece by French painter Jean Lhomme and "well-known among historians," per the AP , was taken... More »

NASA to LA: Get Ready for 5.0 Quake

But JPL study is a bit controversial

(Newser) - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is out with a study predicting that Los Angeles has a 99.9% chance of experiencing an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater within the next two and a half years. "There’s enough energy stored to produce about a magnitude... More »

White House Offers Quake Sympathy, but Not to Tibet

Press secretary mentions only Nepal, India, Bangladesh

(Newser) - The Nepal earthquake also caused deaths in other countries, including dozens in Tibet—but Tibet didn't get the White House's condolences yesterday. During a press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest noted that the US government offered its "deepest condolences to … the families of those who died... More »

Bay Area's Next 'Big One' Might Not Be One

It's more likely to be a cluster of earthquakes: researchers

(Newser) - If you're a Californian living in fear of the inevitable next "Big One" to hit the San Francisco Bay Area, well, we're not sure if you'll find this comforting or not: A new study from USGS scientists finds that the next "Big One" is more... More »

Italy Scientists Get 6 Years in Jail for Not Predicting Quake

L'Aquila earthquake killed 309

(Newser) - In a decision sure to rock the scientific community, an Italian judge has sentenced six scientists and one former government official to six years in prison for failing to predict a 2009 earthquake that killed 309 people, the BBC reports. The seven, all members of the government-appointed National Commission for... More »

Major Quake Looms for Ill-Prepared Oregon

'Oregon is not ready,' says an expert

(Newser) - Oregon is sitting on a ticking time bomb, and stands a 40% chance of getting hit by a major earthquake—possibly as big as the one that hit Japan last year—in the next half-century, according to an ominous new report out of Oregon State University. Adding to concern: Shaking... More »

Casualty of Italy Quake: $320M of Cheese

Aftershocks continue to rattle region

(Newser) - Northern Italy is still being hit by aftershocks this morning, one day after a 6.0 earthquake killed at least seven people and left 11,000 displaced, with thousands forced to spend the night in tents or cars. Two of the aftershocks have had a magnitude of 5.1, and... More »

Fake Hospital Stands Up to Fake Quakes

Research shows rubber bearings can be very effective

(Newser) - A five-story hospital in California survived a fake 8.8-magnitude earthquake last month, in a test engineers ran to show that building atop rubber bearings could help to keep hospitals functional in a real quake. After the fake shaker, equipment in the building continued to work, proving that "if... More »

Indonesia Quakes' Toll: 5

Disaster officials relieved no tsunami struck

(Newser) - Indonesian disaster officials are relieved that more did not die in yesterday's two big earthquakes , which did not trigger a tsunami. The five deaths are being blamed on heart attacks and shock, the BBC reports, and only a handful of people were hurt. After an earthquake in the same... More »

'House Airbag' Protects Home From Earthquake

Another airbag is designed for pedestrians

(Newser) - Airbags: not just for your car anymore. Japanese company Air Danshin has invented an ingenious system that raises a house 3 centimeters off the ground when earthquake tremors are detected, the Guardian reports. Sensors detect both the beginning and the end of a quake, and the airbags deflate when the... More »

Italian Scientists on Trial Over Earthquake Deaths

Group met six days before L'Aquila quake, but raised no alarm

(Newser) - Predicting earthquakes is shaky business at best, but that detail isn't stopping Italian officials from prosecuting a group of prominent scientists over their failure to do exactly that. Six scientists and one government official face charges of manslaughter for allegedly failing to provide adequate warning of imminent disaster to... More »

Himalayan Quake's Toll Rises to 55

Rain, landslides hamper rescue efforts

(Newser) - At least 55 people are dead in India, Nepal, and Tibet after yesterday’s 6.9 magnitude earthquake , and the search for more survivors in remote Himalayan villages is being hampered by rain and landslides. "The situation doesn't look good," a UN official tells Reuters . "My... More »

6.0, 6.2 Quakes Hit Off Cuba, Japan

Smaller quake rattles California

(Newser) - It's been a shaky day all around the globe: A 6.2 earthquake hit off Japan's coast today, and a 6.0 shaker also struck off Cuba's coast. No tsunami warnings have been issued in either location, and no injuries or damage have been reported. In Japan,... More »

7.1 Quake Strikes Off Alaska

Tsunami warning issued for parts of Aleutian Islands

(Newser) - A tsunami warning is in effect this morning following a 7.1-magnitude earthquake off Alaska, in a remote part of the Aleutian Islands, NPR reports. The US Geological Survey says the quake's depth was 22.1 miles. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center put a warning into... More »

Big Question of Yesterday's Quake: Why Virginia?

And will it happen again?

(Newser) - "Smack dab in the middle of Virginia" doesn't seem like the likeliest earthquake epicenter locale, and yesterday's quake has plenty of East Coasters wondering why it struck there—and if it'll happen again. The Christian Science Monitor tosses out the word "rare": USGS seismic hazard... More »

Earthquake Experts: Looming 'Big One' Is Getting Bigger

Could release twice the energy of last major rupture

(Newser) - Forget “The Big One” and start calling it “The Even Bigger One”: Recent reports suggest that the long-overdue (and “big”) rupture predicted along California’s San Andreas fault could be much worse than previously thought, and significantly stronger than the last major earthquake. Specifically, it could... More »

US Troops Man Airport, Rescuers Race Clock

Time running out as workers battle chaos

(Newser) - US troops have taken over security and cargo operations at Haiti's main airport as rescuers struggle mightily against deadlines for saving lives, amid chaos and near-total destruction. The chances of saving victims declines steeply after the first 48 hours following an earthquake. Efforts have been stymied by a poor medical... More »

Clooney, MTV Launching Haiti Telethon

Fundraiser set for next week

(Newser) - George Clooney and MTV are organizing a massive telethon next week to raise funds for quake-ravaged Haiti. There's no word yet on other celebrities who may join the effort, planned for Jan. 22, reports AP . The telethon would air on all MTV networks, including Comedy Central and VH1, and may... More »

Quake Caught on Video

Orderly scene shattered

(Newser) - The first seconds of the earthquake that delivered death and devastation to Haiti was captured on a videotape obtained by CBS News . The hazy film shows cars waiting to enter a roadway, when suddenly the scene shakes violently, cars careen to a stop and a large building appears to erupt... More »

7.1 Quake Strikes Off Honduras

Tsunami watch in effect for 3 Central American countries

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake struck early this morning about 40 miles northeast of an island off the coast of Honduras, Reuters reports. No injuries have been reported, but the 7.1 magnitude quake triggered a tsunami watch for Honduras, Belize and Guatemala. The quake's epicenter is nearest to Roatan, an island... More »

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