Earthquakes Archive
13 October 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Four San Francisco Bay Area faults have built up enough seismic strain to unleash destructive earthquakes.
06 October 2014, 02:38 PM ET
A deep-drilling project into one of the world's most dangerous earthquake faults kicked off Saturday (Oct. 4) on New Zealand's South Island.
26 September 2014, 02:22 PM ET
An ancient, catastrophic flood or earthquake may explain how a bewildering rock formation in Colorado's Rocky Mountains formed, a new study finds.
25 September 2014, 03:20 PM ET
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 shook southern Alaska Thursday (Sept. 25), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
21 September 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Geologists say well water spikes in sodium and hydrogen warned of mounting strain before two Iceland earthquakes. The results may someday lead to earthquake prediction.
18 September 2014, 10:16 AM ET
Unusual westward drifts recorded off Japan's coast following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake provide a new picture of how the Earth adjusts after giant earthquakes.
15 September 2014, 06:09 PM ET
A dramatic increase in earthquakes in New Mexico and Colorado was triggered by wastewater injection wells.
15 September 2014, 07:36 AM ET
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater may be building up along a now-quiet fault on the coast of Istanbul, a new study finds.
12 September 2014, 02:41 PM ET
An earthquake that rattled remote parts of Alaska and northwestern Canada in July triggered an avalanche that spilled mounds of snow down a steep mountainside.
06 September 2014, 02:39 AM ET
From a spectacular eruption in Iceland to a gigantic dino from the past, here are the most awesome photos we found in Science this week.
03 September 2014, 09:59 AM ET
The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked California's Napa Valley last month not only injured dozens of people and caused millions of dollars in damage, but it also warped the surface of Earth.
27 August 2014, 06:22 PM ET
Earthquakes are still rocking Iceland as lava pushes through a long underground fissure near the ice-covered Bardarbunga volcano. New fractures and sinkholes were seen in ice southeast of the volcano today.
25 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
On Aug. 24, 2014, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Bay area, near Napa, California. The quake caused more than 170 injuries, and damaged buildings and homes in the region.
25 August 2014, 01:34 PM ET
Buried under hundreds of feet of ice, Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has been shaking for more than a week now, but an eruption has yet to occur.
25 August 2014, 12:09 PM ET
A strong, magnitude-6 earthquake in Northern California occurred Sunday on the West Napa Fault. The shaker highlights how both high-tech instruments and old-fashioned groundwork remain important in identifying an earthquake's source.
24 August 2014, 02:19 PM ET
A major earthquake has struck Northern California's Bay Area, injuring dozens and causing widespread damage and power outages.
13 August 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The powerful earthquake that rocked Chile in April ruptured the earth in a way that suggests major quakes; something similar to the big one that shook the area in 1877 may still hit the region in the future, researchers say.
10 August 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Researchers report the first evidence that distant earthquakes can trigger icequakes in Antarctica.
08 August 2014, 03:21 PM ET
The Magnitude 8.8 Chile earthquake of 2010 triggered icequakes (cryoseisms or frost-quakes); vibrations from rapid fracture in large ice fields, frozen soil, or rocks interlaced with frozen water. Seismic data sped up 100x produces the sound.
04 August 2014, 10:37 AM ET
A devastating magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck southwestern China's Yunnan province yesterday (Aug. 3), killing hundreds of people, according to news reports.
10 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
One of the world's deepest earthquakes was also a rare supersonic quake, upending ideas about where these unusual earthquakes strike.
07 July 2014, 08:40 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 7.1 struck today along the Pacific coast of southern Mexico's state of Chiapas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
30 June 2014, 02:42 PM ET
Extinct volcanoes on the ocean floor get squashed by tectonic plates and create tsunami earthquakes.
27 June 2014, 03:54 PM ET
A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979, but researchers attribute the increase to random chance.
23 June 2014, 06:15 PM ET
A strong magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck Alaska's Aleutian Islands this afternoon (June 23).
18 June 2014, 09:24 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.1 struck today (June 18) near Oklahoma City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
21 May 2014, 08:20 AM ET
Are you wondering if it's your imagination, or is there really an uptick in earthquakes? A Live Science analysis looks at recent earthquake activity.
20 May 2014, 03:30 PM ET
The numbers of earthquakes recorded at various magnitudes.
20 May 2014, 12:48 AM ET
The "Big One" may be many smaller ones.
19 May 2014, 05:45 PM ET
The Bay Area could face a cluster of deadly earthquakes that delivers a series of rapid knockout punches.
15 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Big earthquakes in Chile and Japan reveal that migrating series of small earthquakes could signal coming events, providing a means of earthquake prediction.
14 May 2014, 02:26 PM ET
One of California's worst environmental disasters can literally move mountains and may even cause earthquakes.
09 May 2014, 09:39 PM ET
The old German saying Stadt Luft Macht Frei (“urban air makes you free”) is the defining injunction of modernity. Modern western cities were launched as the vessels of liberation from a human era darkened by power and enchantment.
08 May 2014, 02:38 PM ET
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the southwest coast of Mexico today (May 8), according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey.
06 May 2014, 12:39 PM ET
The USGS uses Twitter to pinpoint an earthquake's source in less than a minute. The fast response helps fill the data gap in regions with a sparse seismic network.
05 May 2014, 12:29 PM ET
Central Oklahoma’s rate of recorded magnitude 2-3 earthquakes is on the rise: 1500+ earthquakes since Oct. 2013. Some geo-scientists suspect: ’human-induced fluid injection’ into deep rock formations.