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Why a 6.2-Magnitude Quake Reduced Towns to Rubble

Depth, geography, and age

(Newser) - At a magnitude 6.2, the earthquake that struck central Italy this morning, killing at least 120 , wasn't especially powerful. So why was it so devastating? Three factors: depth, geography, and age. Depth is pretty straightforward: The quake was a shallow one, at six miles down, which exacerbates the... More »

'Apocalyptic Scenes' After Heart of Italy Rocked by Quake

Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto, Accumoli devastated

(Newser) - Asked if there were any dead, the mayor of the central Italian town of Amatrice, hit hard by an overnight quake, said, "Look there are houses that aren't here anymore. ... the town isn't here anymore." The quake—being reported variously as between magnitude 6.0 and... More »

What Really Happened to Dahlia Yehia in Nepal?

After flying to help earthquake victims, everything but her iPhone disappeared

(Newser) - About two weeks after American art teacher Dahlia Yehia messaged a friend to confirm that she had arrived in Pokhara, Nepal, her parents reached out to the US embassy in Kathmandu. Their 25-year-old daughter had left volunteer work in the earthquake disaster zone in Gorkha district and traveled to Pokhara... More »

Earthquake Scientists' Favorite Curb Is No More

It showed the seismic forces of Hayward Fault

(Newser) - To scientists, it was a stunning example of the power of the "tectonic time bomb" known as the Hayward Fault. To city officials, it was a curb that desperately needed a fix. So in June, officials in Hayward, Calif., repaired a once-straight curb pulled apart over decades by seismic... More »

San Andreas Fault 'Locked, Loaded, Ready to Roll': Scientist

Meaning Southern California is due for a major quake

(Newser) - It's the most well-known US fault, but the San Andreas Fault's southern section hasn't been behind a major earthquake since a 7.9-magnitude temblor in 1857—and that's got Thomas Jordan worried, the Los Angeles Times reports. "The springs on the San Andreas system have... More »

Sierras Are Way Overdue for Major, Costly Earthquake

And one expert says we need to start preparing

(Newser) - The West is long overdue for a major earthquake that could cause billions of dollars in damage to parts of Nevada and California, the AP reports. Scientists expect a magnitude-7 quake along the eastern front of the Sierra fault system every 30 years or so; there hasn't been one... More »

Hundreds Dead as Biggest Quake Since '79 Hits Ecuador

And 1.5K injured as 7.8 temblor rattles Andean nation, leveling 'entire town'

(Newser) - The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency. As rescue workers rushed in, officials said the damage stretched for hundreds of miles. The magnitude-7.8 quake was centered on Ecuador's sparsely... More »

People Trapped After 2nd Huge Quake Hits Japan

Thursday's quake was technically a foreshock to this one

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region and killed nine people , the AP reports. While it was not immediately clear whether the latest quake increased the death toll, Japanese broadcaster NHK... More »

8-Month-Old Saved From Under Japan Quake Debris

She was reunited with her parents after 6 hours in a protected cavity

(Newser) - As rescuers scramble to find survivors in the debris after Thursday's 6.5-magnitude earthquake in southern Japan, a bit of encouraging news at the site of a collapsed home, per CBS News : An unharmed 8-month-old baby was yanked from the rubble and given back to her parents after a... More »

Deadly Quake Hits Southern Japan

At least 9 dead, hundreds injured in Kyushu

(Newser) - At least nine people have been killed and more than 800 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake that toppled houses and buckled roads in southern Japan late Thursday, the AP reports. With daybreak, the extent of the damage became apparent: collapsed buildings, streets warped by manholes pushed higher by the... More »

California's 'Big One' Could Be Caused by 2 Faults Combining

A 'grim seismic scenario'

(Newser) - When we think about building-leveling earthquakes in California, it can seem like the San Andreas fault is the only game in town. Heck, The Rock even made a movie about it. But a study published last week in Science Advances finds the San Andreas could have an equally dangerous partner... More »

8-Year-Old, 3 Others Rescued 2 Days After Taiwan Quake

One woman in collapsed building cried 'Here I am!' when rescuers came near

(Newser) - Two days after a powerful earthquake shook southern Taiwan, at least four more survivors have been pulled from the rubble of a collapsed 17-story apartment building in Tainan, the AP reports. A woman who called out "Here I am!" was found under the body of her husband, while... More »

More Than 100 Missing After Taiwan Quake

Hundreds saved from collapsed building as toll hits 14

(Newser) - Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn , causing a high-rise residential building to collapse, killing at least 14 people and injuring hundreds. Nearly 340 people were rescued from the rubble in Tainan, the city hit... More »

Quake Levels Buildings in Taiwan, At Least 2 Dead

115 people have been hospitalized

(Newser) - A 6.4-magnitude earthquake leveled multiple buildings in Taiwan, killing at least two people, CNN reports. According to the AP , the quake hit around 4am local time on Saturday in southern Taiwan. The confirmed casualties are a 10-day-old girl and a 40-year-old man, both in the city of Tainan. More... More »

Humans Failed to Conquer Everest in 2015

And more people died on the mountain last year than in any other year

(Newser) - For the first time in 41 years, not a single person stood on the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak at 29,029 feet, during an entire calendar year. But that's not even close to the worst of what 2015 brought, as famed climber Alan Arnette... More »

6.7 Magnitude Quake Hits India

Temblor strikes the India-Myanmar border region

(Newser) - A pre-dawn earthquake Monday rocked India's remote northeast region but there was no immediate word on casualties. India's Meteorological Department says the epicenter of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake was in Tamenglong region of Manipur state. It says the quake struck at a depth of about 10 miles... More »

4.4 Quake Rattles Southern California

It caused brief panic, but no injuries

(Newser) - A moderate earthquake shook an inland area of Southern California near San Bernardino on Tuesday night, giving a start to thousands across a heavily populated area, with more than one person comparing it to a rumbling big rig. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries, however. The magnitude-4.... More »

Oklahoma Quake Knocks Out Power to 4.4K Homes

State regulators want more restrictions on oil and gas operators

(Newser) - A strong, 4.3-magnitude earthquake woke many people in the Oklahoma City area early Tuesday and knocked out power to thousands of homes, the latest in a series of temblors that's prompted state regulators to call for more restrictions on oil and gas operators. The quake struck at 5:... More »

Strong Earthquake Strikes Afghanistan and Pakistan

There are reports of at least 30 injured in Peshawar, Pakistan

(Newser) - Reports of injuries and destruction are starting to trickle in after a strong earthquake hit near Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan on Friday, the AP reports. Sources are putting the earthquake's magnitude between 6.2 and 6.9. According to ABC News , the epicenter was 176 miles from Kabul near... More »

Archaeologists Find Pieces of SF Before the Quake

Sewing machine parts are the newest find

(Newser) - Subway construction workers in San Francisco are becoming accustomed to working alongside archaeologists as they dig up layers of the city's past to make way for the $1.6 billion light rail line set to connect Chinatown with South of Market by 2019. And now those teams have unearthed... More »

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