Earthquakes Archive
26 December 2013, 01:24 PM ET
When a magnitude-7.6 earthquake ripped open a Costa Rica fault on Sept. 5, 2012, it was one of the first successful quake forecasts using GPS monitoring.
23 December 2013, 09:21 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.7 struck eastern-central California today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
19 December 2013, 12:18 PM ET
A monster earthquake in Alaska could trigger 5-story-high tsunami waves that would inundate some of Hawaii's most iconic beaches and its critical power infrastructure, new research suggests.
19 December 2013, 09:23 AM ET
The Challenge is a series of tasks to test the capabilities of robots designed for disaster response in emergencies.
05 December 2013, 02:00 PM ET
Weak, slippery clay that looks like scaly black dragon skin is the key to explaining the 2011 Japan earthquake's devastating impact.
03 December 2013, 04:15 PM ET
Rowdy fans stomping and roaring when the Seattle Seahawks scored a touchdown last night (Dec. 2) shook the football stadium so hard that a nearby seismic monitor registered an "earthquake."
02 December 2013, 02:20 PM ET
An incredibly detailed look at Earth's twitches and shudders after a magnitude-8.8 earthquake in Chile found new triggers for aftershocks, the smaller temblors that follow an earthquake.
06 November 2013, 04:50 PM ET
Debris from the deadly tsunami that struck Japan almost three years ago is drifting across the Pacific Ocean toward North America, and will likely continue to wash onto North American shores over the next few years, according to NOAA.
06 November 2013, 11:01 AM ET
Medieval Liechtenstein may have been a safer place to ride out earthquakes than it is today. According to new research, old buildings survive tremors with less damage than buildings constructed according to modern code.
29 October 2013, 11:07 AM ET
Incredibly sensitive seismic stations spread across the United States captured what it looks like when there's an earthquake right next door. The ripples spread across the continent, revealing the quake's orientation and motion.
25 October 2013, 01:44 PM ET
A strong earthquake of preliminary magnitude 7.3 struck off the coast of Japan today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
21 October 2013, 05:12 PM ET
A home on Seattle's steep and scenic slopes comes with a hidden risk. The next earthquake on the Seattle Fault, which cuts under the heart of the city, could trigger many more deadly landslides than previously predicted.
16 October 2013, 11:51 AM ET
Having led Japan through the 2011 nuclear crisis, the elder statesman is now campaigning for a world without nuclear power.
02 October 2013, 01:43 PM ET
California will be the first state to get an earthquake early warning system, thanks to a state bill signed Sept. 24. Now it's time to set up a similar warning system along the West Coast.
29 September 2013, 10:06 AM ET
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25 September 2013, 06:12 PM ET
The powerful earthquake in Pakistan that killed more than 320 people struck along one of the most poorly studied tectonic plate boundaries in the world. In the hours after the quake, a new island suddenly rose offshore.
20 September 2013, 08:18 AM ET
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University spent the summer at the University of Buffalo's earthquake engineering research center in Buffalo, N.Y., to see how well a two-story building made of cold-formed steel can withstand powerful seismic forces.
09 September 2013, 03:26 PM ET
A "tidal wave" violently tossed ships docked along the Delaware River south of Philadelphia at about 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 8, 1817, according to newspapers of the time. Turns out, that tidal wave was actually a tsunami, launched by a powerful magnitude-7.4
06 September 2013, 10:38 AM ET
The Watts Towers are a labor of love, graceful spires built by hand over 30 years in the Los Angeles-area backyard of sculptor and construction worker Simon Rodia. A National Historic Landmark, the Watts Towers are now undergoing seismic and structural
30 August 2013, 01:47 PM ET
In a recent shake table test, a cold-formed steal building performed beyond expectations.
23 August 2013, 10:06 AM ET
Long ago, when Earth had one continent and one ocean, an earthquake rippled through western North America's sea of sand. The early Jurassic earthquake left its mark in the vast dunes that now form the red cliffs of Zion National Park in Utah.
22 August 2013, 02:01 PM ET
Subtle features in hill shapes along the San Andreas Fault are directly related to processes that forced them up and out of the earth. The findings also suggest hills may one day even have the chance to reveal details about distant alien worlds.
22 August 2013, 10:14 AM ET
The GEM Foundation (Global Earthquake Model) is an international public-private partnership to develop open source software for predicting seismic risk. GEM's global historic earthquake database is used in calculating future earthquake risk.
21 August 2013, 11:04 AM ET
A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck Mexico's Pacific coast today (Aug. 21), shaking buildings in the resort town of Acapulco. The quake was felt as far inland as Mexico City. The temblor hit at 7:38 a.m. local time (8:38 a.m. ET), about 60 miles east of Aca
20 August 2013, 05:08 PM ET
At a special facility at the University of Buffalo, researchers from Johns Hopkins University tested the effects of a lab-generated earthquake on a two-story building made of cold-formed steel by generating a 6.7-magnitude earthquake.
19 August 2013, 06:10 PM ET
On Saturday morning (Aug. 17), a tiny artificial earthquake raced through California's East Bay, an urban area of valleys and hills across the bay from San Francisco. Triggered by a building implosion at California State University, East Bay in Hayward,
19 August 2013, 02:42 PM ET
The small magnitude 2.0 earthquake caused by the controlled demolition of Cal State East Bay's Warren Hall was studied by the USGS to better understand the Hayward Fault and create more accurate risk maps of the area.
16 August 2013, 06:05 PM ET
On a calm winter's day in Norway two years ago, the sea suddenly started to boil and rise, sending freak waves rolling onto nearby shores and mystifying residents. Turns out, the massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake that shook Japan in 2011 also triggered the
16 August 2013, 12:26 PM ET
A magnitude-6.6 earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island on Friday, shattering windows, cracking chimneys and walls and damaging two bridges near Seddon, the city closest to the quake's epicenter. Shaking was also felt strongly in the capital city of
02 August 2013, 12:39 PM ET
In 1906, a giant San Andreas Fault earthquake carved a trench through Portola Valley, now a small California village of million-dollar homes tucked in the hills above Stanford University. More than a century later, geologists believe they've proved the
28 July 2013, 01:34 PM ET
The long-suspected link between earthquakes and underwater methane bursts has finally been confirmed, a new study reports. Though the temblor wasn't caught in the act, the strong shaking left clues in methane-rich mud and sand offshore Pakistan, where two
24 July 2013, 12:53 PM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.3 struck today in central California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The temblor's epicenter was 12 miles (19 km) south of Weldon.
22 July 2013, 09:49 AM ET
A damaging earthquake struck early Monday in northwestern China, leaving dozens dead, according to news reports. Local authorities said at least 75 people were killed and more than 500 injured as homes and buildings crumbled.
11 July 2013, 02:00 PM ET
Two new studies of earthquakes near injection wells have seismologists using words rarely heard these days in earthquake science: prediction and warning. In the Midwest, researchers discovered a warning signal that moderate-sized earthquakes may
02 July 2013, 09:14 AM ET
A powerful earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.1 struck today in Indonesia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
01 July 2013, 05:09 PM ET