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Geologists Spot a Pattern, Predict Big Quakes in 2018

Whenever the Earth's rotation slows, as it is now, an increase in major quakes follows

(Newser) - Two geologists may have spotted a surprisingly simple correlation that can help predict earthquakes—and if they're correct, the Earth is on track for an uptick in major quakes next year. The pair pored over a century's worth of a data on earthquakes and detected a pattern: When... More »

Deadly Quake on Iraq-Iran Border Felt All the Way to Mediterranean

More than 330 are dead

(Newser) - A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region Sunday night killed more than 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night, and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities say. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt... More »

Strong Aftershock Hits a Still-Reeling Mexico City

No word on new damage or injuries from Saturday's aftershock

(Newser) - A strong aftershock has rolled through Mexico City, swaying buildings and sending some people running into the street, the AP reports. The quake early Saturday was much weaker than the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit on Tuesday, killing at least 295 people and knocking down buildings across the capital.... More »

US: Magnitude 3.5 Quake Detected in N. Korea

Small quake raises nuke test fears

(Newser) - A small earthquake shook North Korea early Saturday, according to South Korean officials, raising fears that the country had carried out another nuclear test amid its escalating dispute with the US. The quake happened near where North Korea has carried out other nuclear tests, which have registered as small earthquakes,... More »

There Is No Missing Child in Destroyed Mexico School

Navy official says all children are accounted for

(Newser) - A little girl said to have been found alive under the rubble of a school destroyed in this week's huge earthquake had become a symbol of hope amid massive devastation, but it turns out no such little girl exists after all. "We have done an accounting with school... More »

Girl's Wiggling Fingers Give Rescuers Hope at Collapsed School

At least 21 children died when school in Mexico collapsed during earthquake

(Newser) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said Wednesday afternoon that up to 30 people are still trapped inside the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen School in Mexico City, CNN reports. It's unclear how many of the missing are still alive. The school, which houses children as young as kindergarten,... More »

Mexican News Anchor Was Broadcasting Live When Quake Hit

But Enrique Campos kept his cool

(Newser) - "Right now that's the earthquake alarm going off," Business Insider quotes Enrique Campos as saying. "This is not a drill." The anchor for Mexico's Foro TV was in the middle of a live broadcast from the studio in Mexico City when a 7.1... More »

Mexico Quake Should Rattle Every Person in Los Angeles

Op-ed writer worries he's 'glimpsing my own future'

(Newser) - Residents of Los Angeles should be feeling more than empathy in the wake of Mexico City's 7.1 magnitude earthquake that left more than 200 dead Tuesday. They should also be experiencing fear, writes Mariel Garza at the Los Angeles Times . "Though of course my heart goes out... More »

Among the Mexico City Earthquake Victims: 21 Schoolkids

Toll tops 200 in country's strongest quake in decades

(Newser) - Rescue operations are ongoing in Mexico, where authorities say the death toll from Tuesday's devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake has risen to at least 224. The victims include at least 21 children and four adults killed in the collapse of the Enrique Rabsamen primary school in Mexico City's... More »

At Least 119 Dead in Magnitude 7.1 Mexico Quake

Buildings collapsed and thousands fled into the streets

(Newser) - A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 119 people as buildings collapsed, the AP reports. Scores of buildings collapsed or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings collapsed at 44 places in... More »

Calif. Quake Shakes Up Twitter, but Not Residents Out of Bed

Social media commented on 3.6 magnitude quake near LA, which many slept through

(Newser) - A small earthquake with an epicenter just outside Los Angeles has people in Southern California talking on social media. The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.6 quake hit at about 11:20 Monday night, with an epicenter about 3.6 miles northwest of Westwood, the AP reports. The... More »

At Least 35 Dead in Mexico Quake

The magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck late Thursday

(Newser) - The death toll from Mexico's huge earthquake has risen to 35, the AP reports. The magnitude 8.1 earthquake appears to have hit hardest in the city of Juchitan, a township of almost 100,000 people that's a center of the Zapotec culture. The Oaxaca state government says... More »

Mexico President: Quake Was Biggest in a Century

At least 5 killed in 8.2 quake, he says

(Newser) - Mexico's president says that the magnitude of the earthquake that hit the country just before midnight Thursday is 8.2, the biggest the country has seen in a century. Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed that at least five people have died in the temblor. He also said that major damage... More »

Tsunami Warnings Issued After Huge Mexico Quake

8.1 quake is country's strongest in decades

(Newser) - Tsunami warnings were issued for Mexico and several Central American nations after a massive earthquake off Mexico's southern coast just before midnight Thursday. The US Geological Survey says the 8.1 magnitude quake had an epicenter 102 miles west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state, the AP reports. A... More »

Idaho Hit by 5.3 Quake; Then Came the Aftershocks

More than 100 since Saturday temblor, and they've registered up to 4.5

(Newser) - More than 100 aftershocks have rattled southeastern Idaho since a 5.3 magnitude quake hit near the town of Soda Springs late last week, and experts say they could continue for another week or so. The 5.3 quake hit about 6pm Saturday, the AP reports. There were no reports... More »

Good News Times 3 in Italy Quake Rescue

Pulled from rubble: 3 siblings, including preteen who saved younger brother

(Newser) - A preteen being hailed as a hero in the earthquake that rocked Italy's Ischia island Monday was yanked out of the rubble Tuesday afternoon, as were his two little brothers, whom he's credited with saving. The BBC reports that 11-year-old Ciro was the last of the three siblings... More »

1 Dead, 7 Missing After Earthquake on Italian Resort Island

Reports vary on how strong the quake was

(Newser) - Italian officials say one person has died and seven people are unaccounted for after an earthquake struck the resort island of Ischia late Monday, the AP reports. Giovanni Vittozzi of the carabinieri's civil protection department tells Italy's Sky TG24 that several buildings in Ischia's Casamicciola town have... More »

Strong Quake Shakes Turkey, Greek Islands

2 tourists killed on Kos; 70 hurt in Turkey

(Newser) - Rescuers are checking for trapped people inside houses on the Greek island of Kos after a powerful earthquake struck the area at night. Authorities have confirmed two deaths and say about 30 people are injured. The epicenter of the 6.5-magnitude quake early Friday morning was between Kos and Bodrum,... More »

Strong Quake Shakes Montana

'It's not impossible, but it is a very rare event'

(Newser) - An earthquake strong enough to rouse sleeping residents more than 30 miles from its epicenter struck western Montana early Thursday. The magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit just after midnight about 6 miles southeast of Lincoln, according to the US Geological Survey . There were no immediate reports of injuries. Residents in... More »

Seismologist Warns 1925 Quake Will Strike—in 2025

The false alarm triggered alerts from the USGS and the 'Los Angeles Times'

(Newser) - On Wednesday afternoon California residents were shocked to learn that a powerful earthquake had supposedly hit the Pacific Ocean about 10 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara. They were probably just as surprised to learn a few minutes later that the magnitude 6.8 quake had actually happened in... More »

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