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2 Massive Earthquakes Have a Hidden Cause

A new study looks deep below the Indian Ocean

(Newser) - Looks like scientists have uncovered the source of two huge earthquakes—a fracture in a tectonic plate that's slowly breaking apart, LiveScience reports. A new study says two massive undersea quakes near Indonesia, magnitude-8.6 and 8.2, were likely caused by a breakup in the India-Australia-Capricorn plate in... More »

6.5 Quake Rattles Western Nevada

Broken windows and cleared shelves are reported, but no injuries

(Newser) - Western Nevada was shaken by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake Friday, damaging US 95. The quake struck about 35 miles west of Tonopah, and the US Geological Survey put its depth at 4.7 miles, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. "We've got a lot of calls from... More »

First a Quake, Then the Virus, Now Another Quake

5.5 magnitude temblor hits Puerto Rico, four months after another destroyed hundreds of home

(Newser) - A 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit near southern Puerto Rico on Saturday, jolting many from their beds on an island where some people still remain in shelters from previous quakes earlier this year. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The US Geological Survey says the quake hit just off... More »

6.5 Quake Shakes Idaho

'It felt like a wave,' says ER worker at hospital dealing with outbreak

(Newser) - A large earthquake struck north of Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking. An emergency room health unit coordinator at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, said the hospital, about 65 miles south of the epicenter, shook, but the quake didn't interfere... More »

7.5 Quake Shakes Northern Pacific

Hawaii tsunami watch was canceled

(Newser) - A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the northern Pacific on Wednesday and forecasters said tsunami waves were possible for the nearest shores. A brief tsunami watch for Hawaii was canceled. The quake struck 136 miles south-southeast of Severo on Russia's far eastern Kuril Islands, the US Geological Survey... More »

Utah Hit With Strongest Earthquake Since 1992

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Salt Lake City, its suburbs

(Newser) - A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early Wednesday, causing spooked residents to flee their homes, knocking out power for tens of thousands, and closing the city's airport. The epicenter was just southwest of Salt Lake City, and about 2.8 million in the... More »

Officials Order Reservoir Be Drained Over Earthquake Risk

Anderson Reservoir must be drained by October

(Newser) - Worried that an earthquake could collapse a big dam south of San Francisco, officials have ordered its reservoir to be completely drained. The 240-foot-high earthen Anderson Dam, built in 1950 between San Jose and the community of Morgan Hill, poses too great a risk of collapse and must be fully... More »

7.7 Quake Triggers Tsunami Threat

Buildings shook as far as Miami

(Newser) - The US Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica on Tuesday, the AP reports. It was centered 86 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 87 miles west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba. It hit at 2:10pm EST and the epicenter... More »

Rescuers Dig Out Quake Survivors as Cold Sets In

At least 38 are dead in Turkey's 6.8 temblor

(Newser) - Working against the clock in freezing temperatures, Turkish rescue teams pulled more survivors from collapsed buildings Sunday, days after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the country's east. Rescued survivors wept with gratitude for their efforts, the AP reports. Turkish authorities said the death toll rose to at... More »

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 »

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