Stories tagged: earthquakes
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
Are we taking earthquakes seriously in Washington?
It’s estimated at least a million Washingtonians crawled under desks, quickly left buildings or practiced other precautions as part of a statewide earthquake drill on Thursday.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Hurricanes, earthquakes estimated to cost insurers $95B
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as two recent earthquakes in Mexico likely cost the insurance industry about $95 billion, said Swiss Re, one of the world’s biggest reinsurers.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Scientists say recent quake swarm at Mount Rainier is not unusual
Nearly two dozen small earthquakes have rattled Mount Rainier over the past week, but seismologists say there’s no cause for worry.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 4:42 p.m.
Earthquake swarm continues to rattle southeastern Idaho
More than 100 aftershocks have rattled southeastern Idaho since a 5.3 magnitude quake hit near the town of Soda Springs late last week, and experts say they could continue for …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 7:49 p.m.
Earthquakes rumble through southeast Idaho
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has hit southeast Idaho. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 4 p.m.
Earthquakes rumble central Oklahoma but no reports of damage
The U.S. Geological Survey says several earthquakes struck central Oklahoma Friday morning, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2.
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
USGS: 4.3 magnitude earthquake hits northern Oklahoma
No injuries or damage were reported after a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck northern Oklahoma on Friday morning.
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016, 11:22 p.m.
Earthquake rocks central Oklahoma oil town
A sharp earthquake centered near one of the world’s key oil hubs Sunday night triggered fears that the magnitude 5.0 temblor might have damaged key infrastructure in addition to causing …
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 6:09 p.m.
Oklahoma, EPA shutter 32 wells in new earthquake-prone area
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake and a series of smaller aftershocks in Oklahoma led to the discovery of a new fault line and stoked fears among some scientists about activity along other …
Tue., May 10, 2016, 5 a.m.
Mount St. Helens eruption not expected soon despite series of quakes
An ongoing swarm of earthquakes under Mount St. Helens doesn’t mean the volcano is likely to erupt soon, but scientists are studying the tiny quakes to see what they reveal …
Mon., Dec. 21, 2015, 3:07 p.m.
Sandpoint quakes reveal seismic activity on ancient fault
A swarm of earthquakes near Sandpoint last April indicates that the ancient Purcell Trench Fault is active again, a University of Idaho researcher says.
Mon., Sept. 28, 2015, 7:42 p.m.
U.S. drilling states get guidance on handling quakes
A group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts issued guidance in a frank new 150-page report on handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal …
Thu., May 7, 2015
Northwest has seen some big quakes
Last month, a series of four earthquakes was recorded in North Idaho, the largest of which was a 3.9 on April 23. Land masses that we live on are constantly …
Tue., April 28, 2015
Spokane adventurers safe in Nepal after earthquake
Two well-known Spokane adventurers in Nepal reported Monday they are unharmed as earthquakes continued to rumble and cause widespread havoc and death in the Himalayan country. Jess Roskelley, who’s on …
Mon., May 12, 2014
The Rock Doc: Midwest isn’t out of danger from quakes
I once experienced a small earthquake when I was visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. The natives thought little of the temblor, but I was impressed that the ground beneath …
Sat., Jan. 4, 2014
North Spokane fault has geologists planning
A series of mild to moderate earthquakes in north Spokane in 2001 was the first sign of an active earthquake fault in the region previously unknown to scientists. Geologists continue …
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
The Rock Doc: Cascadia earthquake could bring severe damage to West Coast
“It’s 8:16 on a chilly, wet morning. … You’ve just arrived at work and are pouring a cup of coffee when you become aware of a low rumbling noise. Within …
Sun., Nov. 3, 2013
Richland-area nuclear plant’s earthquake risk minimized, study claims
RICHLAND – Earthquake risks at the nuclear power plant near Richland were underestimated when the facility was built and plant officials have downplayed the possible threats, a new study says. …
Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Study reveals Spokane Fault; statewide Shakeout set for today
Be prepared to drop to the floor, crawl under something sturdy and cover your head this morning, if only for a minute or so. Today is the Great Washington Shakeout, …
Mon., Nov. 19, 2012
Rock Doc: Earthquake planning can prevent you from getting rattled
What do the years 1872, 1936 and 2001 have in common? Those were years that Eastern Washington experienced earthquakes. Let’s start with the most recent. In June 2001, an earthquake …
Fri., Sept. 7, 2012, 7:28 a.m.
Police say no reports of damage from Calif. quakes
HURON, Calif. - Two light earthquakes struck California’s Central Valley this morning, hours after a temblor shook the Los Angeles area. A magnitude-4.0 quake struck at 6:22 a.m. about six …
Sat., June 23, 2012
Seismic tests aim to reveal earthquake risk
The ground is shaking this weekend on Spokane’s North Side. A team from the U.S. Geological Survey is in town to conduct seismic reflection tests on a mile-plus path along …
Wed., June 13, 2012
Homes sought for quake job
It’s been 11 years since Spokane felt a swarm of small earthquakes, but seismologists at the University of Washington have not forgotten about the city. They are asking for volunteers …
Sun., May 20, 2012, 6:32 a.m.
Powerful quake kills at least 4 in northern Italy
One of the worst quakes to hit northeast Italy in hundreds of years rattled the region around Bologna early Sunday, killing at least four people, collapsing factories and sending residents …
Thu., March 24, 2011
Mann: Clues about earthquakes don’t eliminate guesswork
I’ve received numerous emails about a recent report that another major earthquake potentially striking the Seattle area in the near future. Seattle lies within the volatile “Ring of Fire.” This …
Tue., Nov. 16, 2010, 10:21 a.m.
Quake rattles South Sound
A 4.2 quake rattled communities of the south Puget Sound this morning.
Sat., Aug. 21, 2010
Southern California ‘Big One’ overdue
LOS ANGELES – Southern California is long overdue for a major earthquake along the San Andreas fault, according to a landmark study of historic seismic activity released Friday. The study, …
Fri., April 16, 2010
Magnitude-4.9 quake shakes Utah
A magnitude-4.9 earthquake rattled parts of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho on Thursday evening. There were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries.
Thu., April 15, 2010, 5:35 p.m.
4.9 quake shakes Utah, Wyo., Idaho
SALT LAKE CITY — A magnitude 4.9 earthquake rattled parts of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho on Thursday evening. There were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries.
Thu., April 8, 2010
Some wonder whether earthquakes have a season
With all of the recent earthquakes, many of my physical geography students are asking, “are we seeing more seismic activity than usual?” Many scientists claim that the recent activity is …