Earthquakes

Quake magnitude 5.8 strikes in Mozambique: USGS

ISTANBUL, (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude struck 60 kilometers (37.28 miles) northwest the Mozambique city of BEIRA, the United States Geological Survey said on Saturday.<p>The USGS put the depth of the tremor at 10 km (6.21 miles). There were no other details immediately …

U.S. Geological Survey

Not All Fossil Fuels Are Going Extinct

Coal power's future grows dimmer, but natural gas is looking brighter than ever.<p>Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s latest New Energy Outlook points the way to a sunny, windy future for the global electric power industry. That doesn’t mean that fossil fuels (or nuclear power) will vanish. It also …

U.S. Geological Survey

Warnings Along the Inundation Line

[Image: Cover from <i>An Incomplete Atlas of Stones</i> by Elise Hunchuck].<p>After the Tōhoku tsunami in 2011, one of the most ominous details revealed about …

Tsunamis

Earthquake hits central Mozambique; no reports of casualties

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 has hit central Mozambique, but there are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.<p>The U.S. Geological …

U.S. Geological Survey

Burnt Point Lodge Silk Maps

In a world dominated by GPS on smartphones, it's tough to remember the historical importance of physical maps. During World War II, for example, …

Maps

Earthquakes may be the rare issue uniting Democrats and Republicans in California

In this hyper-partisan era, there may be one issue that unites California Democrats and Republicans: Earthquakes.<p>Elected officials from both parties have supported an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast that, after years of work, was scheduled to begin its first limited public …

U.S. Geological Survey

A Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Strikes Off Guatamala’s Pacific Coast

A week after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Guatemala’s northern border with Mexico — killing five people, injuring seven more, and causing significant damage and landslides — a magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurred just off the Central American country’s Pacific coast on Thursday morning. …

U.S. Geological Survey

Powerful quake shakes Guatemala and El Salvador, no casualties reported

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A major earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on Thursday, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighboring El Salvador. There were no reports of casualties.<p>The quake, measured at a magnitude of 6.8 by the U.S. Geological …

Environment

LA Times accidentally reports 6.8 earthquake in Santa Barbara that happened in 1925

Yesterday at 4:51pm The Los Angeles Times reported on a 6.8 earthquake in Santa Barbara. That's a shaker size that nobody would miss, and yet nobody …

California

A massive earthquake was reported in California Wednesday — by mistake

Scores of people around the world received reports on their email accounts and Twitter feeds Wednesday, alerting them to a powerful earthquake with a magnitude potentially capable of causing buildings to crumble.<p>A 6.8-magnitude earthquake reportedly hit the Pacific Ocean about 10 miles from Santa …

U.S. Geological Survey

Computer glitch leads USGS to accidentally predict huge California earthquake

Whoops.<p>A computer glitch led the U.S. Geological Survey to accidentally distribute a message that predicts that a 6.8 earthquake will erupt in the …

U.S. Geological Survey

Yellowstone ‘supervolcano’ hit with over 400 earthquakes

The supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park has been hit with more than 400 earthquakes since June 12. Researchers say it’s nothing to be alarmed …

Lifestyle

8 Great Surprising Things to See in Nepal

Traveling to Nepal last month was one of the coolest things I have done. I expected to see amazing mountains, trekking trails, and prayer flags but I …

Asia Travel

6.8 earthquake recorded off Guatemalan coast

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Guatemala's Pacific coast on Thursday, shaking much of the country and neighboring El Salvador. Local officials …

U.S. Geological Survey

Why the Los Angeles Times Accidentally Tweeted About an Earthquake That Happened 90 Years Ago

Students endure a simulated earthquake during the annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 16, 2014.AFP/Getty Images On Monday, a …

U.S. Geological Survey

Scout Comics Announces the Summer of Scout

<b>Scout Comics & Entertainment</b> is kicking off <b>The Summer of Scout</b>, featuring the announcement of eight new upcoming Scout comic book properties each …

Comics

How Rain and Snow Could Play a Role in Triggering Earthquakes

It's no secret that earthquakes continually rattle California. The state is scarred by hundreds of faults, including the notorious San Andreas, an …

San Andreas Fault

What is the Chance a Solar Storm Could Knock Out The Power Grid?

Having wiped out the dinosaurs, asteroids in my view always have the potential to knock all human life into the past tense.<p>The sun, on the other …

U.S. Geological Survey

Fiction Book Review: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini. Doubleday, $26.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-385-54227-2

Things That Happened Before the Earthquake<p>Chiara Barzini. Doubleday, $26.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-385-54227-2<p>Barzini’s moving and provocative …

Books

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake causes damage in Guatemala, officials say

<b>(CNN) —</b> A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Thursday off Guatemala's Pacific coast, the US Geological Survey reported, causing some minor damage.<p>The quake was recorded at about 24 miles (38 kilometers) from the city of Puerto San Jose, according to the USGS.<p>One of the areas that suffered damage was …

Weather

False alarm: “The Big One” wasn’t

Duck, cover and pray for the best.<p>Oh…never mind.<p>Those were the startling mixed messages from the U.S. Geological Survey on Wednesday evening, when …

U.S. Geological Survey

Coal CEO’s Lawsuit Against John Oliver Doesn’t Stand a Chance

Earlier today, I wrote about a lawsuit that coal executive <b>Robert Murray</b> and several of his companies brought against TV host <b>John Oliver</b>, HBO, Time …

U.S. Geological Survey

Breaking news, literally: Newspaper's quakebot rumbled for fake story

A Los Angeles Times article-writing bot sent shockwaves through the internet Wednesday – by falsely reporting a hefty 6.8M earthquake had hit Santa …

Journalism

No Drama Obama

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.<p><b>TOP STORIES</b><p><b>No Drama Obama</b><p>By August, the FBI had evidence that Russian-backed hackers had targeted electoral systems in 21 American states, officials confirmed Wednesday. So why did …

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Earthquake: 3.3 quake strikes near El Cerrito, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon one mile from El Cerrito, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 2.5 miles.<p>According to the USGS, the epicenter was one mile from Kensington, Calif., one mile …

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3.3 magnitude earthquake felt in East Bay

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.3 hit the East Bay just after noon Wednesday.<p>According to USGS, the earthquake was centered near El Cerrito High School. The quake was fairly shallow, with USGS reporting it was only 2.5 miles deep.<p>An SFGATE homepage editor in Albany described the …

Social Media

Power-mad coal king sues John Oliver for defamation, as promised

The late-night comedian knew this was a likely outcome — nevertheless, he persisted<p>On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver knew he was on deadly ground when he blasted one of the biggest coal mining companies in the country, having already been hit with a cease-and-desist letter …

U.S. Geological Survey

California earthquake alarm sounded - 92 years late

<b>A warning about a massive earthquake off the coast of California has been sent 92 years late.</b><p>A computer error caused the US Geological Survey (USGS) to issue the false alarm about the magnitude 6.8 quake.<p>The quake actually took place in 1925 when it laid waste to the city of Santa Barbara and …

West Hollywood lets condo owners off the hook for earthquake safety upgrades

Condo owners argued the repairs would be too expensive<p>On Monday, the West Hollywood City Council unanimously approved a motion calling for condo owners to be exempted from a forthcoming seismic retrofit program, as Wehoville reports.<p>An ordinance proposed by city staff would require many of the …

San Andreas Fault

Louisiana scientists, students to share $2.5 million in BP spill fine money

Louisiana university scientists and students will use most of $2.5 million in grant money over two years to conduct research aimed at assisting the …

U.S. Geological Survey