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  • Scientists Discover Mechanism Behind “Strange” Earthquakes

    08/30/2015 8:38:47 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 21 replies
    USC ^ | 8/29/2015 | Robert Perkins
    It’s not a huge mystery why Los Angeles experiences earthquakes. The city sits near a boundary between two tectonic plates — they shift, we shake. But what about places that aren’t along tectonic plate boundaries? For example, seismicity on the North American plate occurs as far afield as southern Missouri, where earthquakes between 1811 and 1812 estimated at around magnitude 7 caused the Mississippi River to flow backward for hours. Until now, the cause of that seismicity has remained unclear. While earthquakes along tectonic plate boundaries are caused by motion between the plates, earthquakes away from fault lines are primarily...
  • Dogs React to California Earthquake Rattling the Bay Area

    08/18/2015 11:23:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 9 replies
    accuweather.com ^ | Aug 18, 2015
    Aug 18, 2015; 8:00 AM ET: A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled the San Francisco area Monday, Aug. 17, briefly halting train services while workers inspected the tracks. No injuries or serious damage were reported but these dogs knew something was up.
  • 6.9 and 6.9 Earthquakes in Alaska - Nikolski one minute apart.

    07/26/2015 10:06:50 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 36 replies
    Earthquake Map ^ | 7/26/2015 | None
    Info at the site. Developing.
  • USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’

    07/21/2015 2:59:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 7-21-2015 | CBS San Francisco
    (CBS SF) — The fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday morning is expected to produce a major earthquake “any day now” and Bay Area residents should be prepared, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said. The 2:41 a.m. earthquake on the border of Fremont and Union City occurred on the Hayward Fault at a depth of 5 miles. The epicenter was at a spot just north of the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Mission Boulevard. The quake caused some BART delays early today while work crews checked the tracks, but appears to have caused no major...
  • FEMA is planning for an earthquake that would devastate the Pacific Northwest, killing...

    07/15/2015 4:47:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 130 replies
    <p>To the north of California's famous San Andreas fault is a less known, but possibly more deadly, fault line. The Cascadia subduction zone runs some 700 miles from northern California to Vancouver.</p> <p>In a deeply reported article for The New Yorker, Kathryn Schulz tells the tale of how this fault lies dormant for periods of 243 years, on average, before unleashing monstrous tremors. The Pacific Northwest is 72 years overdue for the next quake, which is expected to be between 8.0 and 9.2 in magnitude.</p>
  • Oregon ‘Will Be Toast’ When Next Big Earthquake Hits

    07/16/2015 11:03:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KOIN ^ | 7/16
    Northwest region is 72 years overdue for next big earthquake, experts sayOne of Oregon’s top earthquake experts predicts the “really big one” will wipe out the entire Northwest. In fact, the area’s FEMA director said everything west of I-5 “will be toast”. Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, says there will be 6 minutes of shaking when the 'really big' quake hits. (KOIN) Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, says there will be 6 minutes of shaking when the ‘really big’ quake hits. (KOIN) In The New Yorker article “The Really Big...
  • More than 50 small earthquakes hit Ventura County [SoCal]

    07/09/2015 11:47:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    latimes.com ^ | July 9, 2015, 9:19 AM | Shelby Grad
    The biggest of the quakes registered magnitude 2.7, and the vast majority were less than magnitude 2.0, so it's unclear whether people felt them. According to a USGS map, the intensity of the 2.7 quake was limited to a fairly small area in rural Ventura County. That quake hit three miles east of Fillmore and six miles west of Santa Paula. On whether these small quakes signal a bigger quake, seismologist Lucy Jones said on Twitter all earthquakes “make another more likely, so probably have more.” But she said there is no way to know if one will be bigger
  • The Myths About Fracking Are Many And Damaging

    07/08/2015 4:38:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/08/2015 | MERRILL MATTHEWS
    Much of the reporting on fracking is a confused mess, which must leave many people wondering exactly what's going on. One day there's a news story or newly released study implying that fracking is causing earthquakes or groundwater contamination; the next day there's a different study or story asserting there is no clear connection. No wonder last March the Gallup Polling Co. found that an equal number, 40%, supported and opposed fracking. One problem is that people, and especially reporters, frequently confuse fracking with wastewater injection. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has been around for decades. It's a process whereby water,...
  • Slip sliding away [ Machu Picchu is in imminent danger ]

    05/12/2007 6:45:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 538+ views
    New Scientist ^ | March 7, 2001 | Peter Hadfield
    Japanese geologists have found that the earth beneath the ruins is shifting at an alarming rate. They say a major landslide could split the ruins in two at any time... Researchers from the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University set up 10 extensometers to measure the rate of surface movement. They found that one section of back slope was moving downwards at a rate of up to one centimetre per month... Sassa estimates that the landslide will be around 100 metres deep, enough to destroy all of Machu Picchu. The two-ridge structure of the site - with a concave...
  • Helium leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles reveals giant rift

    07/01/2015 6:24:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/30/15 | Mark Prigg
    A huge fault in the Earth's crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating. It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of 'the big one' hitting California has increased dramatically.
  • Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes (anti-fracking barf alert)

    06/18/2015 4:43:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2015 7:27 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. An unprecedented recent jump in quakes in America’s heartland can be traced to the stepped up rate that drilling wastewater is injected deep below the surface, according to a study in Thursday’s journal Science that looked at 187,570 injection wells over four decades. It’s not so much the average-sized injection wells, but the supercharged ones that are causing the ground to shake. Wells that pumped...
  • Predicting Earthquakes. Not

    06/09/2015 12:59:49 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/09/15 | Al Caruba
    When will new earthquakes or volcanic eruptions occur? I doubt anyone knows the answer to that. The president of the Space and Science Research Corporation, John Casey, is also the author of “Cold Sun: A Dangerous ‘Hibernation’ of the Sun Has Begun!” and has called attention to a meteorological cycle that until the global warming hoax occurred, was largely unknown to many people and, to a large degree still is. Nature has not cooperated with the charlatans who made claims about a dramatic warming of the Earth. Since 1998 the planet along with the Sun has been in a solar...
  • Earthquake Fact & Earthquake Fiction

    06/02/2015 3:27:40 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 34 replies
    USGS ^ | May/2015 | USGS
    Fact or Fiction? broken earth cartoon FACT: Earthquakes are sudden rolling or shaking events caused by movement under the Earth’s surface. An earthquake is the ground shaking caused by a sudden slip on a fault. Stresses in the earth's outer layer push the sides of the fault together. Stress builds up and the rocks slip suddenly, releasing energy in waves that travel through the earth's crust and cause the shaking that we feel during an earthquake. Faults are caused by the tectonic plates grinding and scraping against each other as they continuously and slowly move. In California, for example, there...
  • 5/22/2015 — Whole West coast moved over 48 hours — Oregon Earthquake near Erupting Volcano

    05/22/2015 3:14:25 PM PDT · by Twotone · 53 replies
    Dutch Sinse ^ | May 22, 2015 | Michael Janitch
    Over the past 48 hours the whole of the West coast of the United States has moved on at least a 4.0 magnitude level or greater. Currently, another mid-4.0 magnitude (4.2 M) earthquake has struck the West coast, off the shores of Oregon, near the Axial undersea volcano (which is currently erupting).
  • Traces of Ancient Earthquakes

    05/14/2015 12:45:29 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4/22/2016 | Becky Oskin
    PASADENA, Calif. — Shattered cave formations in the central United States may preserve one of the longest records of powerful earthquakes in this region. Historical records from European settlers provide vivid accounts of deadly earthquakes in states such as Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois. For instance, in 1811 and 1812, people saw the ground ripple like ocean waves when the New Madrid Fault Zone unleashed earthquakes thought to be greater than magnitude 8. However, no written accounts exist from before Europeans arrived. And most earthquake faults in the Midwest are hidden deep beneath the surface, so scientists can't dig into the...
  • Could the Nepal earthquake have been predicted by using Big Data?

    05/10/2015 3:39:19 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    Dataquest India ^ | May 4, 2015 | Srikanth R P
    Using Big Data and satellite technology, an innovative company called Terra Seismic says that earthquakes can be predicted 20-30 days before they occur With the recent Nepal earthquake claiming more than 6,000 lives, many of us have often wondered why earthquakes cannot be predicted the same way as Tsunamis or cyclones are predicted? Scientists say that while it is possible to identify the key regions where earthquakes can occur, it is impossible to predict the exact time when they would occur. For example, just three weeks ago before the quake happened, a team of French and Nepali geologists discovered that...
  • Earthquakes Throughout California on Wednesday Not Connected, Experts Say

    05/07/2015 10:52:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Claremont Patch ^ | May 7, 2015 | Alexander Nguyen
    There is no reason to think the several small earthquakes recorded in Northern California and the Inland Empire on Wednesday morning were connected, earthquake experts said in remarks reported Thursday. Even the three quakes in Riverside County were too far apart to all be linked, the Los Angeles Times reported. The first two, a magnitude-3.7 and -2.7 that struck shortly after midnight, both were traced back to the San Jacinto fault zone. But the third temblor, a magnitude-3.1 near Corona at 9:11 a.m., occurred in a different fault zone. Scientists are still studying the details of the third earthquake, which...
  • Danger in the Heartland: Man-Made Quakes Mark New Hazard Map

    05/02/2015 12:38:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    weather.com ^ | 5-1-2015 | Zain Haidar
    There's a new hazard in the Heartland.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently released a map highlighting the future risk for man-made earthquakes, and up to eight states have an increased chance to see ground shaking.  Azle, Texas, which had no recorded quakes for 150 years, felt 27 tremors from November 2013 to January 2014. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex continues to feel regular earthquakes. As Science Magazine reports, earthquakes hit areas of Kansas bordering Oklahoma 192 times in the last two years; the same counties were only hit twice in the preceding 35 years.  For the most part, the scientific...
  • More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Warn Climate Change Scientists

    04/28/2015 3:21:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 28, 2015 | BY ALEX RENTON
    The untold – and terrifying – story behind the earthquake that devastated Nepal last Saturday morning begins with something that sounds quite benign. It’s the ebb and flow of rainwater in the great river deltas of India and Bangladesh, and the pressure that puts on the grinding plates that make up the surface of the planet. Recently discovered, that causal factor is seen by a growing body of scientists as further proof that climate change can affect the underlying structure of the Earth. Because of this understanding, a series of life-threatening “extreme geological events” – earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis –...
  • Oklahoma goes from two 3.0 quakes a year to two a day

    04/21/2015 7:37:21 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 174 replies
    NYTIMES, CNBC ^ | Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Morgan Brennan
    In November of 2011, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake ripped through the small Oklahoma town of Prague, damaging more than a dozen homes and toppling a turret on a St. Gregory's University building in nearby Shawnee. It was the worst of three large quakes to strike the area over several days, and it still as ranks as the worst Oklahoma has ever experienced. Since then, hundreds more have rattled the state, racking up millions of dollars in damages and unleashing a political and financial maelstrom. Until 2008, Oklahoma typically had one or two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater per year,...
  • Oklahoma Recognizes Role of Drilling in Earthquakes

    04/21/2015 6:52:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 April 2015 | Michael Wines
    Abandoning years of official skepticism, Oklahoma’s government on Tuesday embraced a scientific consensus that earthquakes rocking the state are largely caused by the underground disposal of billions of barrels of wastewater from oil and gas wells.The state’s energy and environment cabinet introduced a website detailing the evidence behind that conclusion Tuesday, including links to expert studies of Oklahoma’s quakes. The site includes an interactive map that plots not only earthquake locations, but also the sites of more than 3,000 active wastewater-injection wells.The website coincided with a statement by the state-run Oklahoma Geological Survey that it “considers it very likely” that...
  • Victims, Survivors of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Honored

    04/17/2015 1:06:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    People will gather in San Francisco this weekend to mark the 109th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. SNIP The only survivors are believed to be 113-year-old Ruth Newman and 109-year-old William Del Monte. It was not known Friday if they would attend the early-morning ceremony Saturday. Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White will attend.
  • As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry

    04/04/2015 8:28:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 4/3/2015 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and MICHAEL WINES
    Many scientists disagree. They say those quakes, and thousands of others before and since, are mainly the work of humans, caused by wells used to bury vast amounts of wastewater from oil and gas exploration deep in the earth near fault zones. And they warn that continuing to entomb such huge quantities risks more dangerous tremors — if not here, then elsewhere in the state’s sprawling well fields.
  • Study: Oklahoma's daily small quakes raise risk of big ones (Borenstein alert)

    02/15/2015 3:33:52 AM PST · by Crazieman · 32 replies
    Associated Presstitutes ^ | 2/14/2014 | Seth Borenstein
    SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates. This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina, which had major quakes in the past two centuries. Still it's a low risk, about a 1 in 2,500 years' chance of happening, according to geophysicist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • 9 Earthquakes Rock North Texas In Less Than A Day

    01/07/2015 5:10:48 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | January 7, 2015 | CBS DFW/AP
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Nine earthquakes, three of them greater than a 3.0 in magnitude, rocked the DFW area on Tuesday afternoon and into early Wednesday, knocking items off of walls, causing cracks to appear in ceilings and generally rattling nerves across the region. “Shook my whole house!” said CBS 11 News viewer Aprille Maganda from her home in the Las Colinas area of Irving.
  • Oklahoma earthquakes: USGS continues to look at increase

    12/26/2014 6:59:57 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 83 replies
    Enid News [Oklahoma] ^ | Friday, December 26, 2014 | Jessica Miller
    There have been more than 500 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma this year, up significantly from 109 in 2013 and just 35 in 2012, according to U.S. Geological Survey officials. As of Monday, there were 549 of the higher magnitude quakes in 2014, with 19 being magnitude 4.0 or greater. USGS officials focused on magnitude 3.0 or greater quakes because the smaller the magnitude, the more potential there is for missing an event, USGS Geophysicist Robert Williams said. The USGS is looking into the increase in earthquakes, mostly occurring in central and north-central Oklahoma, he said. “Starting probably...
  • Geologist Speculates on Disappearance of Sanxingdui

    12/26/2014 2:58:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | Christmas, Thursday, December 25, 2014 | editor
    Niannian Fan, a river sciences researcher at Tsinghua University in Chengdu, China, presented new thoughts on the disappearance of the Sanxingdui culture from a walled city on the banks of China's Minjiang River some 3,000 years ago, at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. "The current explanations for why it disappeared are war and flood, but both are not very convincing," Fan told Live Science. In the 1980s, scientists found two pits of broken Bronze Age jades, elephant tusks, and bronze sculptures. Similar artifacts have been found nearby at another ancient city known as Jinsha. Did the people...
  • What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano actually erupted? [Matthew 24:7]

    12/16/2014 6:25:56 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 39 replies
    Vox ^ | 12/15/2014 | Brad Plumer
    If the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park ever had another massive eruption, it could spew ash for thousands of miles across the United States, damaging buildings, smothering crops, and shutting down power plants. It'd be a huge disaster...
  • 500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered

    10/22/2014 8:31:25 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 10-21-14 | Laura Geggel
    A powerful earthquake in Alaska sent towering waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall crashing down on Hawaii about 500 years ago, leaving behind fragments of coral, mollusk shells and coarse beach sand in a sinkhole located on the island of Kauai, new research finds. The quake, likely a magnitude 9.0, sent the mighty waves toward Hawaii sometime between 1425 and 1665, the study found. It's possible that another large Alaskan earthquake could trigger a comparable tsunami on Hawaii's shores in the future, experts said. The tsunami was at least three times the size of the damaging 1946 tsunami,...
  • Earthquake Forecast: 4 California Faults Are Ready to Rupture

    10/15/2014 3:33:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Live Science ^ | 10-13-14 | Becky Oskin
    With several faults slicing through the San Francisco Bay Area, forecasting the next deadly earthquake becomes a question of when and where, not if. Now researchers propose that four faults have built up enough seismic strain (stored energy) to unleash destructive earthquakes, according to a study published today (Oct. 13) in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. The quartet includes the Hayward Fault, the Rodgers Creek Fault, the Green Valley Fault and the Calaveras Fault. While all are smaller pieces of California's San Andreas Fault system, which is more than 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) long, the four faults...
  • Scientists turn textbook volcanic eruption theory on its head

    09/13/2014 12:52:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Zeenews (India) ^ | Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | ANI
    Researchers at Caltech and the University of Miami in Florida found that the volcano pictures, such as those that are forming the Hawaiian Islands, illustrate that it erupts when magma gushes out as narrow jets from deep inside Earth but those pictures are wrong. Don Anderson, the Eleanor and John R. McMillian Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, at Caltech said that new seismology data are now confirming that such narrow jets don't actually exist. He further explained that, in fact, basic physics doesn't support the presence of these jets, called mantle plumes, and the new results corroborated those fundamental ideas. It...
  • Japan rolls out campaign to stockpile toilet paper

    09/01/2014 1:05:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 3:51 AM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi
    A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don’t wait until it’s too late to think about toilet paper. The government and paper companies kicked off a “Let’s stockpile toilet paper!” campaign to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning of a possible crisis because nearly half of the supply comes from one of Japan’s most earthquake-prone areas. Officials said people immediately think of food and water as emergency supplies, but easily forget toilet paper, and get desperate when it’s too late. …
  • Icelandic volcano could trigger Britain's coldest winter EVER this year

    08/23/2014 8:23:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Daily Express ^ | August 22, 2014 | Nathan Rao
    BRITAIN could freeze in YEARS of super-cold winters and miserable summers if the Baroabunga volcano erupts, experts have warned. Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth’s atmosphere can trigger DECADES of chaotic weather patterns. Tiny pieces of debris act as billions of shields reflecting the sun’s light away from earth meaning winter temperatures could plunge LOWER THAN EVER before while summer will be devoid of sunshine. The first effect could be a bitterly cold winter to arrive in weeks with thermometers plunging into minus figures and not rising long before next summer. The Icelandic...
  • Oklahoma residents seek answers on quakes

    06/26/2014 10:29:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 86 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 26, 2014 8:09 AM EDT | Emily Schmall and Kristi Eaton
    Oklahoma residents whose homes and nerves have been shaken by an upsurge in earthquakes want to know what’s causing the temblors—and what can be done to stop them.Hundreds of people are expected to turn out in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Thursday night for a town hall meeting on the issue. […] Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 between January and the start of May. Though most have been too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives, they’ve raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, especially the wells in which the...
  • Swarm of earthquakes in Alaska puzzles scientists

    06/16/2014 6:24:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2014 6:30 PM EDT | Rachel D’Oro
    A moderate earthquake shook northwest Alaska on Monday, the fifth temblor of the same magnitude since April in an area with otherwise little activity, seismologists said. The magnitude-5.7 quake struck at 4:01 a.m. Monday northeast of the village of Noatak, the Alaska Earthquake Center reported. As with other temblors in the earthquake swarm, the quake was felt in Noatak, an Inupiat Eskimo community of 560 people. […] The series of earthquakes has scientists puzzled about activity that is considered very unusual in the area. “At this point, we don’t really understand the nature of these earthquakes,” (earthquake center seismologist Natasha)...
  • (LA) Quakes Are Increasing, But Scientists Aren't Sure What It Means

    06/03/2014 10:04:13 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | Rong-Gong Lin II
    Rong-Gong Lin II June 2, 2014, 7:42 PM No, it's not your imagination: The Los Angeles area is feeling more earthquakes this year.. After a relatively quiet period of seismic activity in the Los Angeles area, the last five months have been marked by five earthquakes larger than 4.0. That hasn't occurred since 1994, the year of the destructive Northridge earthquake that produced 53 such temblors. Over the next two decades, there were some years that passed without a single quake 4.0 or greater. Earthquake experts said 2014 is clearly a year of increased seismic activity, but they said it's...
  • Author Says Earthquakes Are Predictable

    05/31/2014 2:35:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    cbs ^ | May 29, 2014 12:19 PM | Andrew Limberg
    Nabhan is a former teacher in California and now lives in Pittsburgh. He became interested in earthquakes while he was the earthquake preparedness coordinator for the school he worked at. He says he noticed every earthquake happened at dusk or dawn. “I realized this sort of conscience doesn’t happen in science. These dawn and dusk quakes during new and full moons are the paradigm on the west coast,” he said. “All six great quakes that have struck in Los Angeles that have killed people since the 30s, all of them, dawn or dusk [quakes]. How can earthquakes be predicted? Nabhan...
  • How Smartphones Can Warn You of an Impending Earthquake

    05/28/2014 6:03:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Joseph George
    Imagine getting an alert on your smartphone seconds before an earthquake strikes. If ongoing research and experiments by various governmental and non-governmental agencies succeed, we could soon receive such a notification, seconds or even minutes before the tremors, thereby saving precious lives. Starting with an initiative by the Community Seismic Network of the California Institute of Technology to the Qatar Computing Research Institute, which has announced various projects related to emergency response in times of an earthquake or other similar natural disasters, efforts are on to leverage the potential of the smartphone and other smart devices to one day being...
  • Record Number of Oklahoma Tremors Raises Possibility of Damaging Earthquakes

    05/07/2014 11:47:50 AM PDT · by topher · 15 replies
    USGS ^ | Originally Released: 10/22/2013 1:07:59 PM; Updated May 2, 2014 | Author: Updated USGS-Oklahoma Geological Survey Joint Statement on Oklahoma Earthquakes
    The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased remarkably since October 2013 – by about 50 percent – significantly increasing the chance for a damaging magnitude 5.5 or greater quake in central Oklahoma. View map of Oklahoma seismicity. View animation of Oklahoma Seismicity. A new U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey analysis found that 145 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater occurred in Oklahoma from January 2014 (through May 2; see accompanying graphic). The previous annual record, set in 2013, was 109 earthquakes, while the long-term average earthquake rate, from 1978 to 2008, was just two magnitude 3.0...
  • Rare Earthquake Warning Issued for Oklahoma

    05/05/2014 1:09:24 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 52 replies
    Live Science ^ | 05/05/14 | Becky Oskin
    Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. This major increase in seismic shaking led to a rare earthquake warning today (May 5) from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey. In a joint statement, the agencies said the risk of a damaging earthquake — one larger than magnitude 5.0 — has significantly increased in central Oklahoma.
  • Swarm of Earthquakes in Oklahoma [past 30 days

    05/05/2014 12:17:43 PM PDT · by topher · 23 replies
    USGS Hazards [Earthquakes] ^ | 5-5-2014 | Vanity
    The URL shows the swarm of small earthquakes in Oklahoma. I have not heard any explanation for these. The URL lists all 2.5+ earthquakes in the past 30 days. There is one just across the border in Kansas... According to USGS, there are 123 Earthquakes in the past 30 days in the Oklahoma area. These are all very small earthquakes or better termed tremors.
  • 108th Anniversary of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

    04/19/2014 5:44:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    Crowds gathered early Friday in San Francisco - as they have done every year for 108 years - to remember the great quake of 1906. Children and grownups gathered at 5 a.m. around Lotta's Fountain to lay a wreath and sound sirens remembering the moment the quake struck. The gold-painted fountain on Market Street served as a meeting point during the earthquake and its aftermath. The early 20th century earthquake struck at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906 in San Francisco, leading to a devastating fires that lasted for several days. In the end, about 3,000 people died and more...
  • MAGNITUDE-7.2 EARTHQUAKE SHAKES MEXICAN CAPITAL

    04/18/2014 8:58:05 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 13 replies
    A.P. ^ | April 18 2014 | JOSE ANTONIO RIVERA
    A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.
  • How the 1964 Alaska Earthquake Shook Up Science (50 Years ago Good Friday)

    04/17/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 15 replies
    Live Science ^ | 3/27/2014 | Becky Oskin
    The earthquake struck at 5:36 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Good Friday. When the first shaking hit, many parents were in the kitchen, fixing dinner. For more than 4 minutes, the earth buckled and lurched all across southern Alaska. Few people returned home to their meals that night. In Anchorage, the ground cracked open and giant fissures swallowed children whole, killing them in front of their siblings. Landslides launched tsunamis that swept away coastal villages before the shaking even ended. In Seward, spilled oil slicked the water and caught fire. When the earthquake-triggered tsunami hit minutes later, the wave was...
  • Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves

    04/16/2014 12:36:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:25pm EDT | Laura Zuckerman
    Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant. The recent earthquake swarm, beginning on March 24 and climaxed by a 4.9 magnitude tremor on Saturday, has produced no reports of injuries or severe damage but has rattled nerves in a region where Idaho’s most powerful known quake, measured at 6.9, killed two children in 1983. Saturday’s earthquake was the strongest recorded in the state since 2005 and...
  • Earthquake off Siberian land mass was the 'largest deep earthquake' ever recorded

    09/22/2013 6:02:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 21 September 2013
    Earthquake off Siberian land mass was the 'largest deep earthquake' ever recorded By The Siberian Times reporter 21 September 2013 Scientists are puzzling to explain the tremor, 8.3 on the Richter scale, by far the largest since records began The quake broke other records, too, as outlines in journal Science. The rupture extended about 180 km, by far the longest known rupture. Picture: Picture: Alexey Yemanov via copah.info The earthquake struck 609 km beneath the Sea of Okhotsk on 24 May this year, and is seen as 30% larger than its nearest rival, a 1994 earthquake 637 km beneath Bolivia,...
  • Earthquakes and Tsunamis are triggered by Star-quakes

    03/06/2005 11:09:03 PM PST · by bd476 · 131 replies · 1,924+ views
    India Daily News ^ | March 7, 2005
    Earthquakes and Tsunamis are triggered by Star-quakes – the invisible interconnection between different parts of the Universe The position of SGR1806-20 in a radio image of the sky - 50,000 light-years away Staff Reporter Mar. 7, 2005 Computer models are showing an interesting relationship between star-quakes and earthquakes. Supernova, star-quakes and similar burst of energy in the Universe triggers earthquakes and tsunamis. According to researchers, most of the large earthquakes and Tsunamis happened when there was a burst of energy somewhere in the cosmos. According to BBC, Astronomers say they have been stunned by the amount of energy released in...
  • Danny Glover believes that the Haitian earthquake was caused by climate change and global warming

    01/15/2010 6:00:32 AM PST · by IrishMike · 98 replies · 2,323+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Friday, January 15, 2010 | Tim Blair
    Says Glover: “When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?” His obscene opinion would be bigger news if Glover had – in the manner of others – idiotically blamed a less-fashionable deity.
  • Danny Glover:Haitian earthquake was caused by climate change and global warming:

    01/15/2010 6:30:11 AM PST · by safetysign · 51 replies · 1,893+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 01/15/2010 | Tim Blair
    Says Glover: “When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?” His obscene opinion would be bigger news if Glover had – in the manner of others – idiotically blamed a less-fashionable deity. Video at link
  • Volcanoes Erupting Right Now All Over The Ring Of Fire – Is The U.S. Next?

    04/10/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 8, 2014 | Michael Snyder
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