Earthquakes Archive
10 March 2014, 08:39 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.9 struck last night off the coast of northern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
05 March 2014, 02:39 PM ET
Different regions of the United States are more susceptible to earthquakes than others, and now a new map helps pinpoint the regions most prone to seismic shock waves.
20 February 2014, 09:19 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.1 struck today in the United Kingdom, according to the British Geological Survey.
12 February 2014, 12:34 PM ET
Natural disasters can create conditions that put survivors at risk for fungal infections, which are often overlooked, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states.
12 February 2014, 09:25 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.9 struck today in southwestern China, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
07 February 2014, 07:27 PM ET
A subduction zone is a collision between two of Earth's tectonic plates, where one plate sinks into the mantle underneath the other plate.
06 February 2014, 03:06 PM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.2 struck just off the coast of California today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
24 January 2014, 11:47 AM ET
With a few tricks borrowed from the oil industry, scientists are hoping to one day better understand why earthquakes start and stop.
23 January 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A new study suggests recent reports of the "death" of the New Madrid Seismic Zone were premature.
20 January 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Researchers discovered Vancouver could see three to four times greater shaking from future earthquakes, thanks to the Georgia Basin's amplifying effects.
17 January 2014, 03:18 PM ET
Images from the Jan. 17, 1994 Northridge earthquake and scientific studies that followed.
17 January 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Twenty years ago, no one knew the Northridge fault existed. Thanks to Northridge, the next one won't be such a surprise. The big question is: Are Californians ready?
15 January 2014, 09:28 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.4 struck southern California early today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
13 January 2014, 09:22 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.4 struck early today off the north coast of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
09 January 2014, 05:18 PM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.1 struck just off the coast of Cuba today, causing shaking as far away as southern Florida, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
03 January 2014, 02:53 PM ET
Bizarre electrical flashes known as earthquake lights may occur at rifts where a buildup of stress causes the flow of electrical current from magmatic rocks, new research suggests.
02 January 2014, 09:10 AM ET
A deadly earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.5 struck southern Iran today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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