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UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

2 earthquakes rattle West Texas; largest is magnitude 5.0

Two earthquakes centered near the same remote area of West Texas rattled the region on Thursday morning.


5.7-magnitude quake shakes Utah, Salt Lake airport closed

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early Wednesday, sending spooked residents fleeing their homes, knocking out power for tens of thousands and closing the city’s airport.


UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

Japan opens part of last town off-limits since Fukushima nuclear disaster

Japan’s government on Wednesday opened part of the last town that had been off-limits due to radiation since the Fukushima nuclear disaster nine years ago, in a symbolic move showing …


Mars lander confirms quakes, even aftershocks on red planet

NASA’s newest Mars lander has confirmed that quakes and even aftershocks are regularly jolting the red planet.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

7.7 magnitude quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica; no injuries reported

A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

At least 18 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

Turkish officials say at least 18 people have been killed in an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 that shook the country’s east, injuring more than 500 and leaving …


Displaced families await post-quake housing in Puerto Rico

The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico.


Puerto Ricans left homeless after biggest quake in century

Cars, cots and plastic chairs became temporary beds for hundreds of families who lost their homes in southwest Puerto Rico as a flurry of earthquakes struck the island, one of …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

6.4 quake strikes Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, killing one man, injuring at least eight other people and collapsing buildings in the southern part of the island.


5.8-magnitude quake strikes Puerto Rico, damaging homes

A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. It was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Mount Rainier caps swarm of weekend seismicity with 3.6 magnitude quake

After a spurt of seismic activity this weekend, Mount Rainier National Park was shaken by a 3.6 magnitude earthquake Sunday afternoon.


Rescuers comb building rubble after Albanian quake kills 21

Rescue crews with excavators searched for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings and hotels Tuesday as the death toll from a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania climbed to 21, with …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

No reported damage from 3.5 magnitude earthquake near Coulee City

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.5 magnitude earthquake near Coulee City at 8:48 a.m. Monday. The earthquake was 2.6 miles deep, and no damage has been reported, according to …


Study: California’s big July quakes strain major fault

The earthquakes that hammered the Southern California desert near the town of Ridgecrest last summer involved ruptures on a web of interconnected faults and increased strain on a major nearby …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

‘It’s about The Big One’: Amendment would give state Legislature broad powers in case of catastrophe

Constitutional amendment would expand legislative powers in catastrophic incidents.


6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico; no damage immediately reported

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory.


Magnitude-6 quake shakes western Turkey; more than 20 hurt

A strong earthquake hit western Turkey on Thursday, damaging homes, causing residents to run into the streets in panic and injuring over 20 people.


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019

2 people dead, dozens of homes damaged in Indonesian quake

A strong earthquake in eastern Indonesia killed two people and damaged at least dozens of homes, a disaster official said Monday, as the government declared a seven-day emergency response period.


Quakes alert Californians to be ready for dreaded ‘Big One’

Shaken residents are cleaning up from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 has jolted Southern California, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted Southern California and was felt as far away as Mexico Friday night, but no major damage was reported.


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019

Strongest earthquake in 20 years rattles Southern California

The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing some injuries …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Many schools in Washington at risk from earthquakes

Many of Washington’s public schools are at risk of serious damage in an earthquake, with the older buildings among the most vulnerable, a new study ordered by the Legislature said.


Strong quake jolts northwest Japan; no major damage reported

A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning along the coast which was lifted about 2


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

Powerful quake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami alert issued

A powerful earthquake stuck Papua New Guinea late Tuesday evening, triggering a tsunami alert for coastal areas up to 620 miles away.


Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright’s sense of safety. The seemingly never-ending aftershocks deepen quake anxiety for the second-grader and many …


5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts West Java

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Sukabumi in West Java on Tuesday afternoon, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has reported.


Officials: No tsunami expected from earthquake near Alaska

Officials say a large earthquake has struck in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, but a tsunami is not expected.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019

NAACP links earthquake signs in Oregon to white supremacy

A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018

What if the megaquake happens when you’re in a Seattle high-rise? New study predicts stronger shaking

One of the biggest unknowns about the next megaquake in the Pacific Northwest – aside from when it will hit – is what it will do to tall buildings.


After big earthquake, aftershocks continue to rattle Alaska

Nearly three weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook up southcentral Alaska, the state continues to register frequent aftershocks.