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Smartphones to Warn of Huge Quakes

Crowd-sourced data could give us precious seconds, study says

(Newser) - Ah, the buzzing smartphone: It's a call, a tweet, a funny photo—or an earthquake? Yep, scientists say crowd-sourced data may one day relay warnings about impending quakes that have already begun elsewhere, LiveScience reports. In a computer-model study led by the US Geological Survey, researchers found that smartphones... More »

Feds: Strong Quake Will Hit California in Next 30 Years

USGS warns of 'vast, interconnected fault system'

(Newser) - The latest US Geological Survey forecast for California doesn't contain much that will reassure people worried about earthquakes—unless they find fatalism reassuring. The report says there is not only a 99% chance of a 6.7 magnitude or greater quake like the 1994 Northridge one hitting the state... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

4.7 Earthquake Rattles S. California

Temblor was felt in downtown LA, wide area

(Newser) - A small earthquake has shaken a wide area of Southern California, but there's no word of damage. The quake was initially estimated at magnitude 5.1, but that was quickly downgraded to 4.7. The US Geological Survey's automated monitoring system places the epicenter in the desert near... More »

6.3 Quake Strikes Off California Coast

No tsunami warning issued

(Newser) - A large earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California and Mexico this morning, according to the US Geological Survey . The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3, was recorded at 2:36am local time, 163 miles south southwest of the California city of Avalon.... More »

Minor 3.9 Quake Rattles LA

Temblor centered near Santa Clarita

(Newser) - On the heels of this morning's 7.7 temblor off the coast of Canada , a minor earthquake has rattled Southern California, shaking buildings in downtown Los Angeles. The US Geological Survey says the 3.9 magnitude quake struck at 8:24am local time and was centered about five miles... 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 »

Big Quakes Trigger Small Ones—Not Other Big Ones

So rest easy, California, your risk is no higher than normal

(Newser) - Over the past 15 months, large earthquakes have struck China , Haiti , Chile , New Zealand , Japan , and Burma . But those quakes weren't connected, and they won't trigger any other big ones, seismologists say. A new study shows that, even when they seem linked, large and distant quakes likely aren't—and while... More »

California Nuclear Plants Are Safe: Officials

Chances of 9.0 earthquake, large tsunami are very low

(Newser) - As Californians worry that their state might be next , officials are reassuring them that the specific combination of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis that hit Japan is very unlikely there. Though one of the state’s two nuclear power plants was only built to withstand a 7.0 quake and... 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 »

Southern California Overdue for Big Quake

Landmark study expects one along San Andreas fault

(Newser) - Is the Big One imminent? A major new study lends weight to the "yes" camp, asserting that Southern California is overdue for a massive earthquake, reports the Los Angeles Times . Researchers studied the San Andreas fault and found that it's produced far more major quakes than previously thought—as... More »

Cal Quake Bumped Town 31 Inches South

April quake bounced Calexico closer to Mexico

(Newser) - The quake that rattled Calexico in April bumped the California border city almost a yard closer to Mexico, NASA says. NASA discovered the shift after sending a jet over the region to capture radar images of the deformation in the earth's crust caused by the 7.2 temblor, the Christian ... More »

5.7 Quake Rattles California

Earth moves during Padres game

(Newser) - A 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattled nerves in southern California yesterday but didn't cause any injuries or serious damage. The quake—part of a swarm of dozens of aftershocks from April's Baja California quake—could be felt throughout Los Angeles County and caused a brief interruption in a San Diego... More »

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