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Oklahoma’s earthquake threat now equals California’s due to man-made temblors

The earthquake risk for Oklahoma and southern Kansas is expected to remain significant in 2017, threatening 3 million people with seismic events that can produce damaging shaking, according to a …


New mapping shows history of Columbia River Gorge landslides

The Columbia River Gorge is famous for sweeping dramatic vistas, but new research published by the U.S. Geological Survey reveals a shifting landscape beneath the forest.


Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least four people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site, …


Central Italy hit by 6.2-magnitude earthquake, injuries reported

A strong earthquake hit a mountainous area of central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with injuries and building collapses reported.


Second Washington bat tests positive for white-nose syndrome fungus

A second bat in Washington has tested positive for fungus that causes the white-nose syndrome, which has devastated bat colonies in the eastern U.S. and Canada.


E. Idaho scientists double check groundwater test results

Down a gravel road south of U.S. Highway 20, amid sagebrush and grasses, a small encampment had been set up Wednesday morning.


Lingering drought seen in region’s low lakes, waterways

The Inland Northwest remains in the grip of a record-setting drought, with stream flows and lake levels far below normal. The deficit comes amid uncertainty about how one of the …


Progress seen in Coeur d’Alene River Basin cleanup efforts

Cleaning up historic mine waste is paying dividends for water quality in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin, according to a new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey. The report …


Long Lake pollution study worries Suncrest residents

Andy Gendaszek dove into the shallow water along Long Lake’s shoreline earlier this week, targeting dark, weedy areas downstream from housing developments. When he emerged, the U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist …


UPDATED: Fri., June 20, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

Exploratory drilling planned at N. Idaho mountain

An Australian mining company will conduct exploratory drilling this summer on Forest Service land in Boundary County near the Canadian border.


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 …


New report identifies threats to sturgeon habitat

SPOKANE — The eggs of endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon in Idaho and Montana are less likely to hatch in the river because of flow changes caused by Libby Dam …


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, …


County pays for survey of grizzlies

Grizzly bears have keen noses – far keener, in fact, than a bloodhound’s. The big bruins literally sniff their way through life, relying on their sense of smell to find …


Bat deaths mount near wind farms

At a wind farm in Alberta, researchers noticed a disturbing trend – the turbines harvesting the wind sweeping across the Canadian prairie were also killing hundreds of migratory bats. Dead …


Polar bear expert nominated for conservation prize

A Kettle Falls-area polar bear scientist is one of 29 leading conservationists internationally who are in contention for next year’s $100,000 Indianapolis Prize. Steven Amstrup moved to Stevens County about …


Getting a nose count

Next summer, grizzly bears will follow their noses to census sites. Enticed by the smell of fermented cow blood and fish guts, they’ll crawl through corrals of barbed wire to …


Studies show drop in local fish toxin

Levels of toxic flame retardants found in fish tissue collected from the Spokane River appear to be dropping, and the amount detected in osprey eggs doesn’t seem to jeopardize their …


Mange study trims wolves

Paul Cross found out it takes about five people to hold down an adult gray wolf for a shave. The disease ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Bozeman was …


Stevens County aquifers mapped

The U.S. Geological Survey has mapped the aquifers in the Chamokane Creek Basin in southern Stevens County, giving a more accurate picture of how streams and groundwater interact.


3.4 quake at 5:21 a.m. Tuesday near a Seattle suburb

A number of residents in the suburbs north and east of Seattle were shaken awake Tuesday by a small earthquake.


No reports of damage as 4.5 quake rattles Seattle

There were no immediate reports of damage from a 4.5 magnitude earthquake that rattled the Seattle and Puget Sound area early Friday, but it was a reminder the urban area …


Tree death rates rising in West

WASHINGTON – The death rates of trees in western U.S. forests have doubled over the past two to three decades, according to a new study spearheaded by the U.S. Geological …