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. …

Earthquakes

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 …

Earthquakes

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 …

Comedy

A 6.8 SoCal quake - did you feel it? Neither did we

The note from the USGS sent off alarms in more than one newsroom Wednesday afternoon in Southern California.<p>A 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Santa …

Earthquakes

6.8-magnitude earthquake measured in Guatemala's Pacific coast

Epicentre located on Guatemala's west coast; quake felt in El Salvador and Honduras, too<p>A major earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on …

Earthquakes

John Oliver Slapped With Defamation Suit over This ‘Last Week Tonight’ Takedown of Coal Exec

Sunday’s episode of the HBO program “Last Week Tonight,” a comedy show hosted by <b>John Oliver</b> that takes deep dives into various issues, often exposing …

Crime

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 …

Earthquakes

Computer glitch causes scientists 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 …

Earthquakes

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 …

New Orleans

How did California get a 'fake quake' alert? Like this ....

Did you get a mobile news alert for a 6.8 magnitude earthquake out of Santa Barbara on Wednesday? Not everyone did but those who got it were alerted …

Earthquakes

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 …

Earthquakes

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 …

Travis Kalanick

The USGS sent SoCal a quake alert on Wednesday for a tremor that actually occurred in 1925

A powerful and deadly earthquake struck the coastal California city of Santa Barbara back on June 29, 1925. More than a dozen people died and $8 million in damage was reported in the historic quake, which had a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter Scale.<p>Flash-forward almost 92 years and a quake with the …

Earthquakes

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 …

Earthquakes

Scientists predict a Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ the size of New Jersey this summer

An oxygen-poor “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, which can prompt harmful algae blooms and threaten marine life, could approach the size of New Jersey this summer, federal scientists say — making it the third-largest the Gulf has seen. A new forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Oceans

Revenge of Y2K? A software bug might have caused false alert for big (and very old) earthquake

Remember Y2K, that hyped computer bug and harbinger of digital apocalypse that never happened when the year 2000 arrived?<p>Well, 17 years later, it appears something like a Y2K bug played a role in a mistaken alert for a magnitude 6.8 earthquake sent out Wednesday about an earthquake off the Santa …

Earthquakes

464 earthquakes in one week hit much feared Yellowstone 'supervolcano'

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 about, though.<p>In a statement to the Star Valley Independent, scientists from the University of Utah -- which monitors the volcano -- said the …

Yellowstone National Park

Studies of Oklahoma's largest earthquake included in journal

Oklahoma's largest recorded earthquake affected geological structures both above and below ground last year, but experts caution there still is much …

Earthquakes

Earthquake swarm rumbles Yellowstone

An ongoing series of earthquakes measurably moving the ground east of Hebgen Lake are likely aftershocks from a devastating quake that struck the …

Earthquakes

L.A. Times' 'Quakebot' Erroneously Reports Massive Earthquake from 1925

At about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, there came news from the L.A. Times about a massive earthquake. The report said that a 6.8 temblor had just struck …

Earthquakes

Study Finds Fracking Doesn’t Harm Drinking Water in Texas

Hydraulic fracturing hasn’t contaminated groundwater in Texas, isn’t an earthquake hazard, and has been a boon for the state’s economy, according to …

Water

Great Job, Internet!: Read This: What would happen if the world actually became flat?

Because “I Want to Believe” posters have apparently given us a reason to ignore scientific fact, our modern world is rife with batshit conspiracy theories. One of the more amusing ones—in that, unlike the shit peddled by people like Alex Jones and Mike Cernovich, it’s not ruining anyone’s life—is …

Earthquakes

Zinke defends huge job cuts at Interior: ‘This is what a balanced budget looks like.’

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday defended the $1.6 billion in funding cuts that President Trump has proposed for his department, telling a Senate hearing that “this is what a balanced budget looks like.”<p>But Democrats on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources took issue with the $400 …

Ryan Zinke

Gulf of Mexico's 2017 'dead zone' predicted to be third largest in 32 years

The 2017 summertime low-oxygen "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico along the Louisiana and Texas shore could be the third largest ever measured, …

NOAA

Antibacterials in Many Consumer Products Cause More Harm Than Good, Say Experts

Writing in a consensus statement in the journal <i>Environmental Health Perspectives</i>, the experts agreed that non-medical uses of antimicrobials like …

Health

Earthquake's epicenter just miles from Augusta National

An earthquake hit the city of Augusta, Ga., around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake registered as a 3.2 and was centered 3.72 miles southwest of Augusta, the epicenter just miles away from Augusta National Golf Club.<p>The Augusta Chronicle is reporting …

Golf

Al Franken Butts Heads With Interior Secretary Over Climate Change

“I’m concerned about whether you are clear about the magnitude of warming that is occurring," the senator told Secretary Ryan Zinke.<p>WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) clashed with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Tuesday on the subject of climate change, calling out the Trump Cabinet member for …

Climate Change

Agencies Conducting Aerial Survey of Wild Burros in Arizona

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD), the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will partner on an …

Horses

Yellowstone Supervolcano Hit by a Swarm of More Than 230 Earthquakes in One Week

Yellowstone supervolcano has been hit by a series of earthquakes, with more 30 recorded since June 12. The latest was recorded on Monday, June 19, …

Earthquakes

Quake measuring 4.6 rattles central Vancouver Island, no damage reported

Residents reported feeling the quake as far as Sooke, west of Victoria<p>An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 has rattled an area of central Vancouver …

Earthquakes