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Still Unknown: Exact Cause of Napa Quake

As volunteers pour in to clean up wine country

(Newser) - People in Napa Valley, Calif., are picking up the pieces after Sunday's 6.0 earthquake wrecked scores of homes and businesses, and they're getting plenty of help from outside. Volunteers have flocked from across Northern California to assist in any way they can, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Wine Country's Quake Damage Could Top $1B

100 Calif. homes declared unsafe to enter

(Newser) - Northern California is assessing the damage after the region's worst earthquake in 25 years and while no deaths have been reported, at least 100 people have been injured, more than 10,000 are still without power, dozens of buildings have been wrecked—and there is a heck of a... More »

6.0 Napa Quake Injures 120

Water mains rupture amid widespread power outages

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake rolled through the San Francisco area early today, reports the LA Times , in the biggest temblor to hit the region since 1989. It was initially reported at 6.0, and later revised upward by... More »

Rogers: ISIS a 'Plane Ticket Away' From US Attack

Graham: Militants aren't 'the JV team anymore'

(Newser) - Mike Rogers dropped a dire prediction this morning, contending that the Islamic State militants currently rampaging through Iraq "are one plane ticket away from US shores " and that an attack "is a very real threat." Continued the House Intelligence Committee chair: "There’s no mulligans... More »

Pair of Quakes Rattle Iceland Volcano

Aviation alert issued after 5.1, 5.3 earthquakes

(Newser) - Two earthquakes measuring over 5 in magnitude—the biggest yet—shook Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano today after the country issued an aviation red alert warning that an ash-emitting eruption may be imminent. Iceland's Meteorological Office recorded earthquakes of 5.3 and 5.1 in the early hours. It said... More »

Huge Crack Appears in the Earth

Underground stream may have caused fissure in Mexico

(Newser) - Scientists are scratching their heads over a crack in the Earth that's more than half a mile long, Sky News reports. A drone captured video footage of the 16-foot-wide, 26-foot-deep crack, which appeared last week in remote farmland and cuts across Highway 26 between the coast and Hermosillo in... More »

China: 367 Dead, 1.8K Hurt in Quake

6.1 temblor is strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years

(Newser) - The death toll in the strong earthquake that rocked southwestern China, which initially was reported at 26 people, has now risen to at least 367 and looks likely to continue to rise. Some 1,881 people are reported injured. Yunnan province's information bureau earlier reported at least 120 of... More »

Quake Risk Growing in Eastern US

East Coast may be due for a big one soon, USGS report says

(Newser) - Earthquake Avoidance 101: Just stay away from California, right? Not so fast. An updated US Geological Survey report and accompanying hazard map confirm that the West still holds the worst potential for seismic shake-ups, with major faults and hazards creeping up the entire West Coast, reports the AP . But the... More »

Oklahoma Hit by 11 Quakes—in 2 Days

Record number of temblors in Sooner State may be from wastewater from fracking

(Newser) - Something shook Oklahoma all night long over the weekend—and it wasn’t the neighbors playing AC/DC too loud. The US Geological Survey recorded 11 small earthquakes, most in the magnitude 2.6 to 2.9 range, over Saturday and yesterday, reports the AP ; Tulsa World has a list. The... More »

Mexico Hit With 7.1-Magnitude Quake

No reports of damage so far

(Newser) - Seismologists say a magnitude-7.1 earthquake has shaken southernmost Mexico. Local media say the quake was felt strongly across much of southern Mexico, but there are no immediate reports of injury. In Mexico City, buildings and light posts swayed and local news media reported the quake was felt strongly in... More »

Study: Fracking Causing Oklahoma Quakes

Wastewater injection triggers quakes miles away, researchers find

(Newser) - Earthquakes in Oklahoma are up more than a hundredfold in recent years, and a new study spies a pretty clear link between the shaking and the fracking that has given the state's economy a huge boost. Researchers took a close look at four specific sites where wastewater from oil... More »

8.0 Alaska Quake Triggers Tsunami Advisory

'Modest' tsunami could strike Aleutian Islands

(Newser) - Alaska's Aleutian Islands experienced an 8.0-magnitude earthquake today that has triggered a tsunami advisory for coastal areas on some of the islands, Weather.com reports. The far western part of the island chain felt the first shock at nearly noon local time, followed by four aftershocks ranging from... More »

Quakes Turn Texas Towns Against Fracking

Denton might become state's first town to ban it

(Newser) - Earthquakes used to be unheard of in the Texas towns of Azle and Reno. But from November to January, the area experienced 34 perceptible tremors, and while they were all minor, topping out at magnitude 3.6, residents are spooked—and blaming the local fracking industry, NBC News reports. Studies... 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 »

Oklahoma Warned of 'Damaging Quake'

USGS: Fracking process behind huge increase in quakes

(Newser) - Oklahoma is a much shakier place than it used to be and fracking is probably to blame, according to the United States Geological Survey , which warns that the central part of the state is now at increased risk of a damaging quake. The agency says that there were 183 quakes... More »

Tokyo Jolted by Its Biggest Quake Since 2011

No major damage; hours later, another quake hits Burma, Thailand

(Newser) - A strong earthquake jolted Tokyo early today, rattling windows and nerves though there were no initial reports of major damage. The national broadcaster NHK, citing local authorities, said 17 people were reported injured, some of them from falls as the quake struck. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake had... More »

Powerful Quake Rattles Mexico City, Acapulco

No major reports of damage so far after magnitude-7.2 quake

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico today, sending panicked people into the streets. No early reports of major damage or casualties surfaced, despite widespread accounts of shattered windows and falling debris. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered northwest of Acapulco, where many Mexicans... More »

The World's 5 Most Disaster-Prone Cities

Asia is apparently especially risky, insurer's rankings suggest

(Newser) - In the wake of Chile's earthquake, the Guardian was wondering which cities were the riskiest to live in from a natural-disaster perspective. So they checked with a source with a vested interest in knowing precisely that: The re-insurance company Swiss Re. Here are the five cities it's most... More »

US' New Hotbed of Seismic Activity: Oklahoma

Minor earthquakes spike; scientists suspect gas exploration

(Newser) - Oklahoma is positively shaking, and maybe not in a good way: A series of minor, 3-point-something earthquakes yesterday did no damage but underscore a new spike in temblors this year that some think is linked to the hunt for oil and gas. As of this month, the Sooner State has... More »

7.6 Aftershock Shakes Chile

Low death toll credited to strict building codes

(Newser) - A second strong earthquake has hit Chile, the day after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake shook the country, forcing a million people to flee their homes but causing surprisingly few deaths. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was among those evacuated after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit last night, the BBC reports.... More »

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