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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 »

8.2 Chile Quake: 6 Die, 300 Women Escape Prison

Cops battle looters as thousands flee coast

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Chileans have fled their homes for higher ground after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake caused 8-foot waves, power outages, fires, and landslides, the BBC reports. At least six people have been killed, which the AP notes is "a remarkably low toll for such a powerful... More »

6-Foot Waves Hit Chile After 8.2 Quake

Hawaii could possibly see a tsunami, but no watch or warning issued yet

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast tonight, and officials ordered an evacuation of coastal areas before an expected tsunami; waves measuring almost 6.5 feet already were striking cities on the coast, and authorities said a tsunami was expected to come ashore later. There were... More »

Fault Could Cause 'Quake From Hell' in LA

Puente Hills bigger threat to LA than San Andreas

(Newser) - The San Andreas fault is famous, but the lesser-known fault that caused Friday night's 5.1 earthquake could be the one that delivers the "Big One" that devastates Los Angeles, experts warn. The Puente Hills fault runs under downtown Los Angeles into Hollywood, near many older buildings, and... More »

Strong Aftershock Rattles Southern California

Dozens evacuated following yesterday's quake

(Newser) - More than 100 aftershocks have followed yesterday's magnitude-5.1 earthquake in southern California, including a magnitude-4.1 rumble this afternoon. The moderate earthquake yesterday forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said... More »

5.1 Quake Rattles California

No major injuries or damage reported in Los Angeles area

(Newser) - Southern California got a scare last night in the form of a magnitude-5.1 earthquake that struck near Los Angeles. No major damage or injuries were reported, though water main breaks, power outages, toppled store shelves, and shattered glass were seen throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, reports AP and... More »

4.4 Quake Hits Los Angeles

Temblor's epicenter was 6 miles from Beverly Hills

(Newser) - A strongly felt earthquake rolled across Los Angeles this morning, with the USGS reporting that the preliminary magnitude was 4.7; that was quickly downgraded to 4.4. The epicenter was six miles from Beverly Hills and seven miles from Santa Monica, adds the LA Times . The quake was shallow,... More »

7.0 Earthquake Hits Off Coast of Chile

No major tsunami threat so far

(Newser) - A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile today and forced Chilean officials to order an evacuation along the northern coastline, Reuters reports. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake hit at a depth of 21 miles and was centered 40 miles northwest of the port city... More »

6.9 Quake Strikes Off N. California Coast

No tsunami warning

(Newser) - A very strong earthquake rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early today that there were no reports of any injuries or damages. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck at 10:18pm PDT Sunday and was centered 50 miles west of Eureka... More »

Oklahoma Hit by 10 Quakes—in 3 Days

Number of quakes far higher in recent years

(Newser) - Last night saw a 3.8 earthquake hit central Oklahoma, according to the US Geological Survey—one of 10 to hit the area since Friday, NBC News reports. The 3.8 quake was the most powerful of the minor quakes; it struck near the town of Guthrie, which is about... More »

Small Earthquake Rattles Atlanta

4.1-magnitude temblor in South Carolina also felt in Georgia, Tennessee

(Newser) - One more present from Mother Nature to make this a winter to remember in the South: A 4.1-magnitude earthquake centered in rural South Carolina last night rattled homes in metro Atlanta and elsewhere in the region, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . So far, no injuries or serious damage have been... More »

Seahawks Fans Literally Cause Earthquake—Again

Deja vu indeed: Happens as same player makes touchdown against same team

(Newser) - Seahawks fans jumped to their feet Saturday night during Marshawn Lynch's electrifying touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints—and their screaming and stomping caused a small earthquake. That sentence was true on Jan. 8, 2011 ... and on Jan. 11, 2014. In the weirdest kind of deja vu, seismologists... More »

How Earthquakes May Light Up the Sky

Experts point to underground electric charges

(Newser) - Scientists long doubted centuries of witness claims of lights in the sky around the time of an earthquake. But photographic evidence supports the reports, and experts are taking the phenomenon seriously. "Earthquake lights are a real phenomenon—they’re not UFOs," Robert Thériault, the lead author of... More »

Scientist: Massive Quakes Hidden in History

Huge seismic events missing from the records

(Newser) - The Earth might have a more turbulent past—and hence a more turbulent future—than we thought. In a presentation yesterday, Dr. Susan Hough of the US Geological Survey argued that hidden throughout history are a glut of giant earthquakes that either went unrecorded or have been underestimated. "Seismometers... More »

Quake Kills 7 Near Iran Nuke Plant

Bushehr reactor undamaged by 5.8 temblor

(Newser) - For the second time this year, a deadly earthquake has struck close to Iran's only nuclear reactor—and rattled neighbors across the Persian Gulf. The 5.8 magnitude quake that hit 38 miles north of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, in the same region where a slightly stronger quake... More »

New Zealand Quakes Made Earth's Crust Weaker

Geologists find weakening for 3 miles around crust

(Newser) - How nasty were the deadly quakes that hit New Zealand one after another in 2010 and 2011? So bad that they appear to have seriously weakened the Earth's crust, scientists reveal in a new study. Geologists had previously believed that the strength of the Earth's crust was more... More »

7.2 Quake Collapses Hospital in Philippines

At least 93 dead in 7.2-magnitude event

(Newser) - A 7.2 quake shook the central Philippines today, killing at least 93 and toppling structures including a hospital and the bell tower at the country's oldest church. The lion's share of those deaths—77 so far—have come on the island of Bohol, which is where the... More »

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