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Many Injuries in California's 2014 Quake Occurred During Cleanup
napa earthquake, damage
September 10th, 2015
Many of the people who were injured from the 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Napa, California, last year were actually hurt during the cleanup effort, after the quake was over, according to a new study.
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Warning for Nepal: April Earthquake Didn't Unleash All Its Energy
Nepal InSAR
August 6th, 2015
The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April only released a fraction of the energy still trapped in the underlying fault, meaning the area has the potential to host another possibly more powerful earthquake.
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Continental Collision Could Trigger California Tsunami
carlifornia borderlands area
June 1st, 2015
A network of undersea faults off the coast of Southern California could produce huge quakes that could send tsunami waves crashing into Los Angeles, new research suggests.
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Earth's Moving Mantle Leads to Earthquakes in Unusual Places
Yellowstone National Park
August 28th, 2015
It has long been a mystery why some earthquakes strike towns in seemingly earthquake-proof regions, but researchers now have a potential explanation for why temblors sometimes rattle where they're not expected.
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Satellite Spies Super Typhoon Soudelor from Space (Photo)
Super Typhoon Soudelor
August 5th, 2015
From the safety of space, NASA observed the most powerful storm of the year.
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Nepal Earthquake: Health Threats Loom Over Survivors
The city of Kathmandu viewed from Swayambhunath Temple. This photo was taken before the 2015 earthquake.
April 27th, 2015
The aftermath of the Nepal earthquake brings a risk of disease outbreaks — including measles and diarrheal diseases — among the survivors.
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Why 10,000-Year-Old Gravity-Defying Rocks Haven't Toppled
August 7th, 2015
Giant rocks stacked in seemingly gravity-defying poses could indicate that earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault can jump to another major fault in Southern California.
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Seismic Risk? Research Addresses Dangers of Older Concrete Buildings in U.S.
napa earthquake, damage
June 13th, 2015
Old concrete is not known for standing up to earthquakes, but retrofits made with carbon fiber and shape memory alloy may change that assumption.
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Nepal Earthquake Toll Only Just Beginning
The initial USGS shake map of the Nepal earthquake, which predicted extreme shaking in Kathmandu, was later revised to reflect less shaking.
April 27th, 2015
Terrible as Saturday's earthquake was in Kathmandu, geologists fear more bad news to come as information filters in from the surrounding mountainous countryside which has been cut off from the world by the disaster.
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