The World Cup is literally shaking the world.
Earthquakes are the result of plate tectonics, or shifting plates in the crust of Earth, and quakes occur when the frictional stress of gliding plate boundaries builds and causes failure at a fault line. In an earthquake, elastic strain energy is released and waves radiate, shaking the ground. Scientists can predict where major temblors might occur in a general sense, but research does not yet allow forecasts for specific locations or accurate predictions of timing. Major earthquakes, some generating tsunamis, have leveled entire cities and affected whole countries. Relatively minor earthquakes can also be induced, or caused by human activity, including extraction of minerals from Earth and the collapse of large buildings.
A team of scientists spent months flying around East Antarctica to prove that the frozen continent really does have earthquakes.
Devastating Cascadia megaquakes may rock the Pacific Northwest more frequently than previously suspected.
A magnitude-5.0 earthquake shook the Big Island of Hawaii on Thursday (May 3), causing lava to spew into a residential subdivision.
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck 38 miles off the coast of California Thursday afternoon, rattling Los Angeles.
Earthquakes, cyclones, floods... The deadliest natural disasters have a combined estimated death toll of nearly 10 million people.
A swarm of 200 earthquakes hit Yellowstone National Park, but seismologists still aren't sure what that means.
California has a 93 percent chance of a magnitude-7 or greater earthquake occurring by 2045. Early warning systems, now in development, could limit casualties and damage.
A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Kodiak, Alaska, this morning. A tsunami warning is in effect for parts of Alaska and British Columbia, Canada.
A magnitude-4.4 earthquake just hit Delaware Bay, Delaware, surprising people in The First State, a place typically unaccustomed to tremblers.