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As Puerto Rico Again Suffers, an Outrageous Find

A warehouse full of disaster relief supplies from 2017 discovered in island's south

(Newser) - People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots, and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. With anger spreading in the US... More »

5.9 Temblor Hits Quake-Stunned Puerto Rico

Island suffers even further damage

(Newser) - A magnitude 5.9 quake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing further damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools, the AP reports. The US Geological Survey said the 8:54am quake hit 8 miles southeast of Guanica at a shallow depth... More »

Tsunami Alert Issued After Puerto Rico Earthquake

Island-wide power outage confirmed after 6.5 earthquake

(Newser) - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, the largest in a series of quakes that have struck the US territory in recent days and caused heavy damage in some areas. A tsunami alert was issued for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico's... More »

Puerto Rico Has Been Shaking Since Dec. 28

The biggest earthquake yet came early Monday

(Newser) - A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages, and severely cracking some homes. The 6:32am quake was one of the strongest yet to hit the US territory, which has been shaking since Dec. 28. The quake was followed by a string... More »

Strong Quake Shakes Albania

At least 4 killed in 6.4-magnitude quake

(Newser) - A strong earthquake shook Albania early Tuesday, killing at least four people, injuring 150, and collapsing buildings. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.4 quake was centered 19 miles northwest of the capital, Tirana. It struck at a depth of 12 miles. The Defense Ministry said a man... More »

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 »

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