Earthquakes Archive
12 April 2012, 04:06 PM ET
The 8.6-magnitude quake that struck Sumatra on April 11 sent surface waves across the globe. Undetectable by humans, the waves were picked up on seismic monitoring stations in the United States.
11 April 2012, 11:27 AM ET
Do earthquakes scare you, or are they a fact of life?
11 April 2012, 11:13 AM ET
Disasters caused by earthquakes and tsunamis often cluster in geologically active areas.
08 April 2012, 01:16 PM ET
The Coast Guard had to fire 25 mm cannons at the 164-foot ship and then used larger 50 mm shells to sink the vessel.
14 March 2012, 03:00 PM ET
See the Pescadores Fault before and after a quake.
09 March 2012, 03:21 PM ET
Geophysicists from seven research institutions are working to answer the question of when the western US will face a similar earthquake and tsunami threat as what happened in Japan.
22 February 2012, 10:54 AM ET
The magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan last March have changed the way scientists and leaders plan for disasters.
23 January 2012, 01:26 PM ET
Government says no tsunami is expected.
05 January 2012, 03:04 PM ET
For the U.S. insurance industry, 2011 was the costliest year on record due devastating earthquakes and storms.
30 December 2011, 10:51 AM ET
Propagation of the March 11, 2011 Honshu, Japan tsunami and maximum amplitude plot were computed with the NOAA forecast method using MOST model with the tsunami source inferred from DART® data.
30 December 2011, 10:49 AM ET
Scientists at the NOAA Vents Program at Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and Oregon State University heard the March 11, 2011 Honshu, Japan earthquake using a hydrophone located near the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
14 December 2011, 11:53 AM ET
Once thought stable, bedrock with cracks could make shaking worse.
23 November 2011, 04:00 PM ET
No tsunami is expected to be produced by the temblor.
09 November 2011, 12:34 PM ET
The United States has a model building code that details what each state should require, based on the size of earthquake they can expect. Not all states adopt the guidelines.
27 October 2011, 01:48 PM ET
After a massive February 2010 earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Chile, researchers used LiDAR, laser scanning technology, to assess the aftermath.
25 October 2011, 12:08 PM ET
An animation of the devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake that rocked Japan in March.
30 September 2011, 11:51 AM ET
Quake caused already damaged reef to collapse.
26 September 2011, 03:39 PM ET
Tectonic forces, not meteorites, may have helped transform a molten Earth into the planet we know today.
20 September 2011, 09:18 AM ET
American scientists worry about the precedent that criminal charges set.
20 September 2011, 08:47 AM ET
The 6.3-magnitude earthquake crumbled medieval buildings, taking hundreds of lives.
29 August 2011, 11:49 AM ET
Understanding what happens at the epicenter of an earthquake, as the tectonic plates beneath the earth shift and the earth shakes, could help us better predict when and where the next “big one” will hit.
24 August 2011, 05:01 PM ET
There have been three major earthquakes in the Americas in less than 48 hours. The USGS says they aren't connected, however.
24 August 2011, 01:49 PM ET
Turns out, some zoo animals showed their quake-sensing powers yesterday.
24 August 2011, 11:03 AM ET
André Filiatrault, PhD, director of the University at Buffalo's MCEER (Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research), met with media on Aug. 23, 2011 to discuss the 5.9 magnitude that shook parts of the eastern U.S. and Canada.
23 August 2011, 05:04 PM ET
Seismologists estimate that a 7.5 magnitude earthquake would be possible on the East Coast. This would cause significant damage over a broad area.
23 August 2011, 04:30 PM ET
New Yorkers on the street were surprised to see people evacuating buildings. Here's why today's quake wasn't felt on the street.
23 August 2011, 04:30 PM ET
"Old and cold" continental crust kept Tuesday's Virginia quake waves alive over long distances.
23 August 2011, 02:10 PM ET
Shaking was felt up and down east coast.
19 August 2011, 09:46 AM ET
Scientists take to sea to study a massive fault in the U.S.'s backyard.
08 August 2011, 10:26 AM ET
Waves generated by the massive March 2011 undersea earthquake off Japan traveled 8000 mi. to chop 50 sq. mi. of ice off the Sulzberger Ice Shelf. NASA and ESA satellites captured imagery of the break. Ice may have been weakened by climate change.
03 August 2011, 09:48 AM ET
A bursting fault can only set off three other nearby faults.
22 June 2011, 12:54 PM ET
To predict how large tsunamis can get, scientists need to look deep.
02 June 2011, 09:40 AM ET
Another twist added to tale of strange 'slow-motion' earthquakes.
26 May 2011, 04:24 PM ET
But predicting an earthquake is just about impossible with current methods.
24 May 2011, 12:37 PM ET
Japan's massive quake was a two-part rupture, researchers say.
18 May 2011, 03:14 PM ET
The atmosphere changed suddenly above the epicenter in the days before Japan's March 11 earthquake.