Gravitational waves that can travel as fast as the speed of light could help detect earthquake magnitudes. It could allow for accurate and speedy magnitude determination within minutes instead of hours.
Earth/Environment December 3, 2017
Scientists claim that there will be more major earthquakes in 2018 compared to this year. According to new research, the number of devastating earthquakes is connected to a slower Earth rotation speed.
Earth/Environment November 20, 2017
Scientists have found a new way to detect seismic movement. The technique makes use of fiber optic networks as earthquake detectors.
Earth/Environment October 24, 2017
The Kaikoura earthquake that struck New Zealand defies long-held assumptions about individual faults and size of potential quakes. The phenomenon also increases the likelihood of the powerful Big One occurring in California in three decades.
Earth/Environment March 24, 2017
Analysis of the Newport-Inglewood and Rose Canyon faults revealed that the region is capable of a powerful earthquake that can range from a magnitude 6.7 to 7.4. This poses concern since the quake would likely impact densely populated parts of California.
Earth/Environment March 8, 2017
Frank Hoogerbeets, the self-proclaimed earthquake predictor has forecasted that the planet will experience massive earthquakes from Feb. 24 to March 8. Hoogerbeets makes these predictions based on the planetary alignment of the Earth with other planets.
Earth/Environment February 24, 2017
According to a new study, heat radiated from the Earth’s core to the mantle is responsible for at least 50 percent of plate tectonics. This information is expected to make earthquake prediction more accurate.
Earth/Environment January 24, 2017
Hotel Rigopiano in Italy, where more than 30 people were staying, is buried in deep snow after a massive avalanche on Wednesday. Though the antecedent earthquakes are seen as the culprit, record snowfall in the past weeks is also considered a factor in the tragedy.
Earth/Environment January 20, 2017
Researchers are looking into new ways to protect important infrastructure from one of nature's most destructive forces: earthquakes. But can so-called 'invisibility cloaks' shield buildings from disaster?
Earth/Environment December 24, 2016
Scientists found a potentially faster method of detecting an incoming earthquake. The method involves gravity signals which occur earlier than seismic waves.
Earth/Environment November 25, 2016
The powerful earthquake in New Zealand caused the seafloor to emerge out of the water. The phenomenon known as coastal uplift exposed seaweed-covered rocks and marine animals above tide level.
Earth/Environment November 19, 2016
A viral video of the New Zealand's sky lighting up during an earthquake has taken over the internet. The phenomenon was subjected to different hypotheses, both scientific and from the alien believers.
Earth/Environment November 15, 2016
A direct connection between the Hayward Fault and the Rodgers Creek Fault underneath the waters of the San Francisco Bay places the area at risk of a big earthquake in the future. How strong would this quake be?
Earth/Environment October 20, 2016
A major earthquake is long overdue in California. The newly found Salton Trough Fault, which runs parallel to the San Andreas Fault, may explain why a major quake has not yet occurred in the state over the past 300 years.
Earth/Environment October 9, 2016
Not long after Southern California endured a swarm of earthquakes, researchers are saying they have found a new fault along Salton Lake. How will this new fault affect the San Andreas system?
Earth/Environment October 6, 2016
A powerful earthquake is long overdue in the southernmost stretch of the San Andreas Fault. Seismologists now warn that the series of quakes that rattled Salton Sea increases the risk of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake occurring in California over the next week.
Earth/Environment October 3, 2016
Nine of the 12 biggest earthquakes in recorded history occurred near or on days of full or new moon. How do lunar gravity and high tide trigger quakes?
Earth/Environment September 12, 2016
A series of tremors that reverberated through the ocean floor was detected by scientists in Japan. The twist: the tremors were not caused by an earthquake but were produced by a rare event known as a 'weather bomb.'
Earth/Environment August 28, 2016
At least 37 people have been killed while others remain trapped under the rubble after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Italian officials are appealing for assistance and emergency services.
Feature | Health August 24, 2016
The San Andreas is slipping in places where no movement has ever before been recorded. Does this mean the next big earthquake is coming to California?
Earth/Environment June 22, 2016
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Southern California early Friday morning and sent tremors felt all the way to Los Angeles and throughout San Diego County. The shake happened near Southern California's most active fault - San Jacinto Fault.
Earth/Environment June 11, 2016
A huge magma chamber discovered beneath a town in New Zealand may have caused hundreds of tiny earthquakes in the area, a new report suggests. The magma chamber also has the potential to grow into a volcano.
Earth/Environment June 6, 2016
Hawaii is threatened to be hit by a devastating tsunami, which is in turn triggered by a mega-earthquake in the Aleutian islands. Although the probability is low, is the state prepared?
Earth/Environment May 16, 2016
A magnitude 9 earthquake could strike the Aleutian Islands in the next 50 years and bring about a devastating Hawaii tsunami, warned experts who used a new computer model combining fault system measurements with Bayesian probability models.
Earth/Environment May 15, 2016
Mount St. Helens is once again exhibiting earthquakes, leading some people to worry about a forthcoming eruption. What happened in 1980, its last major eruption?
Earth/Environment May 8, 2016
Earthquake scientist Thomas Jordan warned that the San Andreas fault is ripe for a big Southern California earthquake. Learn more about the projected damages in this potentially big California earthquake.
Earth/Environment May 6, 2016
General Motors will temporarily shut down four of its assembly plants in North America. What is the reason behind the planned closures, which will affect more than 13,000 employees?
Business Tech April 23, 2016
Apple and the American Red Cross have teamed up to accept donations through iTunes and the App Store for victims of the earthquakes that struck Japan and Ecuador. Donations can be sent in denominations of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200.
Business Tech April 22, 2016
Sony decided to close its image sensor production facility in Kyushu following a huge earthquake that hit the southern Japanese island. Likewise, the company’s operations on a second image sensor plant in Nagasaki will have to be partially suspended as well.
Business April 19, 2016
A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific coast of Ecuador and was felt around the country on Saturday, April 16. Rescue officials are working non-stop to help the victims and treat the injured.
Society April 18, 2016
A second major earthquake shook Japan's southern island of Kyushu on Saturday. The 7.3 magnitude tremor left at least 34 people dead and about 1,500 more injured or buried under collapsed buildings.
Society April 18, 2016
A 6.4 magnitude quake struck Japan, killing nine people and injuring hundreds of individuals. Thousands are displaced in shelters, as relief and rescue operations continue.
Earth/Environment April 15, 2016
A strong earthquake shook Myanmar and nearby Asian countries on April 13. Although some were injured as a result of stampede, there are no reported fatalities.
Society April 14, 2016
Vanuatu was struck by a magnitude-6.9 earthquake. Authorities said that possible tsunami threats have now mostly passed.
Animals April 4, 2016
The U.S. Geological Survey publishes a new map that details earthquake-prone areas in the country wherein Oklahoma is even redder than California. The new map factored in human-caused earthquakes such as the injection of wastewater into deep wells.
Earth/Environment March 29, 2016
Diking occurs when Earth's tectonic plates move apart and cause magma to rise and form dikes. It was pinpointed as a cause of strong earthquakes after researchers studied a 2002 volcanic eruption in Congo and a strong earthquake that followed.
Animals February 9, 2016
At least seven were dead after a 6.4 earthquake hit 30 miles east of Tainan in Taiwan. The tremor toppled nine buildings and left five others tilted at dangerous angles.
Animals February 6, 2016
The White House announced on Tuesday its support for earthquake early warning systems as part of its greater commitment to making the U.S. more resilient to earthquakes. Learn more about the ShakeAlert system and similar measures from various fronts.
Animals February 3, 2016
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have uncovered a large complex of underwater landslides near Dangerous Passage in Alaska. The mapping of the seafloor may explain the cause of the massive tsunami that wiped out the village of Chenega during the Great Alaska Earthquake in 1964.
Animals February 2, 2016
The U.S. Navy confirmed that flight testing two of their military aircraft were likely the source of the nine, back-to-back sonic booms that caused the ground to shake in southern New Jersey. The U.S. Geological Services found no seismic activity, ruling out the possibility of an earthquake.
Animals January 29, 2016
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Alaska, causing fires, power outages and gas leaks, among others. Although no injuries were reported, a seismologist said it is the strongest earthquake to hit the population center in the past decade.
Animals January 25, 2016
A month after showing signs of activity for the first time in years, a volcano in Nicaragua on Sunday blasted plumes of ash, gas and lava. Volcanic eruptions such as this are unpredictable, but scientists pay attention to several warning signs.
Animals January 4, 2016
California may soon suffer from a huge earthquake. Experts strongly advised U.S. President Barack Obama to increase funding for an early warning sign system.
Animals December 29, 2015
The massive Oso landslide in 2014 likely happens every 500 years, not thousands of years past as previously believed. With knowledge of previous slides' chronology aiding in regional risk analysis, it's not so much of an anomaly, researchers said.
Animals December 28, 2015
A magnitude-7 earthquake struck off northwest of Japan's Ryukyu Islands. Small tsunamis measuring one meter in height were observed in the country's small islands.
Society November 14, 2015