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A Major Earthquake Fault in California Just Woke Up

Garlock Fault showing activity for first time in modern history after this summer's tremors

(Newser) - You've heard of the San Andreas Fault. Meet the smaller, lesser-known Garlock Fault, also in California. It hasn't gotten many headlines over the years because the Garlock has been essentially sleeping for the past 500 years or so. But after the summer's two major quakes in and... More »

Earthquake May Have Caused Huge Fuel Fire

Blaze at California facility burned for 7 hours

(Newser) - Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake struck about 15 miles southeast... More »

4.5 Earthquake Shakes San Francisco Bay Area

Scientists don't expect major damage

(Newser) - A magnitude 4.5 earthquake was widely felt across the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday night. The Los Angeles Times reports moderate shaking was felt at 10:33pm with the epicenter in the Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek areas. The US Geological Survey says weak shaking was felt in... More »

Puerto Rico Hit by Strongest Quake in Years

No reports of injuries after 6.0 quake

(Newser) - A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the US territory. The US Geological Survey says the quake struck 49 miles off the island's northwest coast at a shallow depth of 6 miles. Two aftershocks, of 4.7- and... More »

Scientists Make 'Big Leap' in Understanding Earthquakes

New study shows that most big quakes are preceded by smaller ones

(Newser) - Predicting earthquakes is all but impossible, but a new study is being hailed as an important first step. The takeaway: Big quakes are preceded by smaller ones, reports the Los Angeles Times . Researchers took advantage of a new technique developed to find previously undetectable "microquakes," some as small... More »

July 4 Quake May Have Killed a Nevada Man

He was found pinned under vehicle

(Newser) - The 6.4 magnitude earthquake that shook California on July 4 may have been deadly after all. Police in neighboring Nevada say a 56-year-old man found dead under his vehicle in Pahrump, a town around 150 miles away from the epicenter, was likely working on the Jeep when the earthquake... More »

Calif. Earthquake Traps Anchors in Shaking Studio

Sara Donchey and Juan Fernandez quickly sought cover

(Newser) - "We'll be right back, we'll be right back ... wow!" KCAL 9 anchors Sara Donchey and Juan Fernandez signed off in a state of alarm Friday when a segment involving race cars was interrupted by California's 7.1-magnitude earthquake, Mediaite reports. Donchey looked around in shock... More »

Big Temblor Is Followed by Worst Quake in 20 Years

The aftershocks may continue for years

(Newser) - A quake with a magnitude as large as 7.1 jolted much of California, cracked buildings, set fires, broke roads, and caused several injuries, authorities and residents say. The quake—preceded by Thursday's 6.4 magnitude temblor in the Mojave Desert—was the largest Southern California temblor in at... More »

Stronger Quake Could Hit California Within Days

State has felt more than 150 aftershock

(Newser) - California hasn't stopped shaking after its strongest earthquake in 20 years . The 6.4 magnitude quake that hit the Mojave Desert Thursday morning was followed by at least 159 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 and higher, including six higher than magnitude 4, says United States Geological Survey seismologist Robert... More »

After a 4.0-Magnitude Quake in Ohio, a Flurry of 911 Calls

Residents weren't sure what caused the shaking

(Newser) - Some Ohio residents were a little rattled at 10:50am Monday. The US Geological Survey confirmed a 4.0-magnitude earthquake was detected in Lake Erie some 2.5 miles north of Eastlake and just northeast of Cleveland; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources put it at 4.2. More »

Magnitude 8 Earthquake Shakes Amazon Jungle

One death, collapsed buildings reported

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Peru early Sunday, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas but causing only one reported death. The quake struck at 2:41 a.m. and was centered in a vast nature preserve 57... More »

On Heels of One Quake, Philippines Hit by Another

First quake killed at least 16

(Newser) - A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a day after a magnitude 6.1 quake rattled the country's north and left at least 16 people dead, including in a collapsed supermarket, where rescuers scrambled to find survivors. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of Tuesday'... More »

We Knew of 180K Quakes in a Decade. That Was Way Off

Southern California has experienced 1.8M, though all the additional ones were small

(Newser) - It turns out the 180,000 earthquakes that have been recorded in Southern California over the last decade is a number that's off—by a lot. New research puts the number at 1.8 million, according to a study published Thursday in Science . All those additional ones were incredibly... More »

Mount Etna's Ongoing Eruption Triggers Quake

It registered a magnitude 4.8

(Newser) - A quake triggered by Mount Etna's ongoing eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, slightly injuring 10 people and prompting frightened Italian villagers to flee their homes. Italy's Civil Protection officials said the quake, which struck at 3:19am, was part of a swarm of some 1,000... More »

Earthquake Shakes People in 6 States

No reports of injuries following 4.4-magnitude quake

(Newser) - "I'm so glad Twitter exists so I could confirm that we just had an earthquake and it wasn't me just losing my mind here in suburban Atlanta," reads a sample Wednesday tweet , one of many that helped make #earthquake a trending topic. Residents of Tennessee and... More »

Tsunami Warning Issued After Massive Pacific Quake

7.5-magnitude quake struck near New Caledonia

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia on Wednesday, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to nearby islands, the AP reports. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of between 3 and 10 feet were possible along some coasts... More »

Anchorage Quake: 'This Was a Big One'

Amazing that there were no fatalities

(Newser) - Lost power, cracked buildings, crumbled chimneys, broken water pipes—the 7.0 earthquake that rocked Anchorage Friday morning was, by one standard at least, its worst in 54 years. "I think it's safe to say that, not measured in magnitude or location but in terms of how strong... More »

Big Earthquake Buckles Roads in Alaska

7.0-magnitude quake jolts Anchorage, is followed by strong aftershock

(Newser) - Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and shattered roads Friday morning in Anchorage, Alaska, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami. The tsunami warning was lifted without... More »

Massive Earthquake Shakes Remote Research Station

6.8 undersea quake struck in Arctic Ocean

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck in the Arctic Ocean Friday, northwest of a largely uninhabited and remote Norwegian island, officials said. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. The Norwegian earthquake center NORSAR says the quake was recorded at 2:49am in the sea... More »

Scientists Weren't Expecting Massive Indonesia Tsunami

Exact cause remains unclear as death toll rises

(Newser) - The tsunami that killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people after an earthquake in Indonesia on Friday was much bigger and more devastating than would normally be expected after that kind of quake, scientists say. "We expected it might cause a tsunami, just not one that big," geophysicist Jason... More »

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