Earthquake News

  • Quake In Med Would Cause Devastating Tsunami
    Quake In Med Would Cause Devastating Tsunami Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Around 130 million people in Mediterranean coastal areas are at risk of a devastating tsunami, which could be triggered by even a moderate earthquake. Scientists have found that a tsunami resulting from a magnitude 7 earthquake beneath Sicily or Crete would see Italy, Greece and Libya all hit by the waves. Their computer simulation found that low-lying areas - up to five metres above sea level - would be swamped by the waves and up to 1.35 sq miles of Crete would be left completely underwater. More »

  • Fracking caused 2014 Canadian quake: media
    Fracking caused 2014 Canadian quake: media Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Fracking by a Canadian subsidiary of Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas triggered one of the world's largest earthquakes linked to the controversial practice, Canadian media said Wednesday. More »

  • Nepal quake victims at risk of human trafficking
    Nepal quake victims at risk of human trafficking Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Latest cases are part of bigger problem, with UN saying 7,000 women and girls are trafficked to India every year. More »

  • 1 year after San Francisco Bay's biggest quake in decades
    1 year after San Francisco Bay's biggest quake in decades Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The 6.0 magnitude quake that woke the placid wine town of Napa at 3:20 a.m. on Aug. 24, 2014 was the strongest quake to hit the San Francisco Bay area in a quarter-century. It killed one person and injured 200 as bricks and furniture - and wine bottles - toppled onto sleeping families. One year later, the signs of lingering damage are minimal - a wobbly winery building here, a shrouded, Victorian-era downtown facade awaiting repairs there. More »

  • Nepal opens Everest for first time since earthquake
    Nepal opens Everest for first time since earthquake Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Japanese climber will be first to attempt to scale mountain since an avalanche triggered by April's disaster killed 19. More »

  • Quake-hit Nepal opens Everest for autumn season
    Quake-hit Nepal opens Everest for autumn season Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Nepal Sunday opened Everest for the autumn season, granting its first climbing permit four months after a deadly earthquake triggered an avalanche at its base camp. More »

  • Minor earthquake hits near Mammoth Lakes, California Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — A minor earthquake has hit a rural area near Mammoth Lakes, California, but authorities say there have been no reports of damage. More »

  • Kiwi building boss accused of ‘racial profiling’ for linking Irish workers to …
    Kiwi building boss accused of ‘racial profiling’ for linking Irish workers to … Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Blaming poor work on contractors, he said some may have “gone back to Ireland”. More »

  • Short, sharp earthquake jolts San Francisco Bay Area
    Short, sharp earthquake jolts San Francisco Bay Area Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A short, sharp earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area early Monday, breaking picture frames and cracking plaster without prompting reports of injuries or major damage. More »

  • Medieval Earthquake Moved River 12 Miles
    Medieval Earthquake Moved River 12 Miles Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    An earthquake in 1570 changed the course of the Po River in Italy, new research finds. The Po, the longest river in Italy, has shifted northward about 12 miles (20 kilometers) between the towns of Guastella and Ficarolo over the past 2,800 years, researchers reported July 20 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. The 1570 temblor caused a 4- to 6-inch (10 to 15 centimeters) uplift of the right flank of the river and resulted in a major one-time shift of the final portion of the waterway, according to geoscientists Livio Sirovich and Franco Pettenati of the National Institute for Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) in Trieste. More »

  • Small earthquake shakes parts of New Jersey Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    BERNARDSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — People in parts of New Jersey got an early wake-up call Friday from a small earthquake that caused no damage or injuries. More »

  • Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Solomon Islands in the Pacific - USGS Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Solomon Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.8, struck at 5:49 a.m. on Thursday (1849 GMT on Wednesday). Its epicentre was 109 miles (175 km) southeast of Gizo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake, which was shallow at a depth of only 24.3 miles (39 km), had not triggered a tsunami. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Peter Cooney) More »

  • Nepal Quake Could Have Been Much Deadlier, Scientists Say
    Nepal Quake Could Have Been Much Deadlier, Scientists Say Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    A magnitude-7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal in April killed some 9,000 people and injured 23,000 more, but the death toll in the valley of Kathmandu could have been much worse, researchers say. The shaking outside the Kathmandu valley, where the city itself lies, was at about one wave per second, or 1 Hertz, which caused the ground inside the valley to move in resonance at a lower frequency that did more damage to taller buildings. The frequency of shaking, measured in Hertz, that will damage a tall building can be roughly calculated by dividing the number of stories in the building by 10, said study co-author Jean-Philippe Avouac, a professor of geology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). More »

  • Earthquake in Afghanistan felt across South Asia Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake in Afghanistan was felt across South Asia on Monday, shaking the ground in Kabul, Islamabad and New Delhi, witnesses said. The epicentre of the magnitude 6 quake was 88 kilometres (54.68 miles) from Feyzabad in Afghanistan, at a depth of 209 kilometres (129.87 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. (Reporting by New Delhi, Kabul and Islamabad bureaux.) More »

  • Magnitude-6.9 quake strikes near Solomon Islands; no damage Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) — A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck near the Pacific's Solomon Islands Monday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • NASA Contest Offers $25,000 for Earthquake Detection Ideas
    NASA Contest Offers $25,000 for Earthquake Detection Ideas Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    NASA needs your help to bolster current earthquake detection technologies, and they’re offering $25,000 to the team that develops the best way to detect an oncoming quake. The space agency calls its challenge the "Quest for Quakes," and seeks to inspire new software codes and algorithms to identify electromagnetic pulses (EMP) that scientists theorize precede an earthquake. Scientists have debated the connection between electromagnetic pulses and earthquakes for years, some believing distinct ultra-low frequency EMPs that emanate from the ground near earthquake epicenters for weeks prior to moderate and large quakes can be measured and used to warn people before an earthquake happens. More »

  • Nervous Burundians say quake portends all-out war
    Nervous Burundians say quake portends all-out war Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Already rattled by a political crisis that has claimed some 100 lives, many Burundians fear that Friday's earthquake portends the return of the brutal civil war that rent the central African nation. More »

  • Nepal at Risk of Another Major Earthquake
    Nepal at Risk of Another Major Earthquake Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Nepal is at risk of a major earthquake that could affect millions of people and cause more destruction than the quake that occurred in April this year, a new study has warned. Jean-Philippe Avouac, a professor in the Earth Sciences department at the University of Cambridge and the study's lead author, says that a future event on the Nepalese-Indian border could result in far more destruction, particularly since a major earthquake has not occurred in the region for around five centuries. "The more you wait, the more energy there is to be released and that's one reason why in western Nepal we are sure there could be a really large earthquake," says Avouac. More »

  • At least three killed in eastern Congo quake Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    By Aaron Ross GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - An earthquake killed two children and a police officer in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo early on Friday and triggered fears that a nearby volcano could erupt, government officials and witnesses said. The 5.6 magnitude quake hit 24 miles (40 km) north of the city of Bukavu, not far from the border with Rwanda at 3.25 a.m. (0325 British time), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Everyone went out of their houses," Bukavu resident Seraphin Kajilwami told Reuters. More »

  • Everest trek route suffered minimal quake damage, study says
    Everest trek route suffered minimal quake damage, study says Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    The vast majority of guesthouses and trails on the popular Mount Everest trekking route emerged unscathed from Nepal's devastating earthquake, said an assessment report released Friday. More »

  • Survey: 4 parts of Everest trekking route damaged by quake Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Four sections of the trekking route to Mount Everest were damaged by the devastating earthquake in April, an assessment commissioned by Nepal's government has found. More »

  • Warning for Nepal: April Earthquake Didn't Unleash All Its Energy
    Warning for Nepal: April Earthquake Didn't Unleash All Its Energy Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April released only a fraction of the energy still trapped in the underlying fault, meaning the area has the potential to host another large earthquake in the future, researchers say. "The Main Himalayan Thrust is a fault that has produced large earthquakes every century or so," said study lead author Jean-Philippe Avouac, a geophysicist at the University of Cambridge in England. "Nepal lost two kings to these quakes, one in 1255, another in 1344. More »

  • Nepal earthquake only partially 'unzipped' fault with western portion …
    Nepal earthquake only partially 'unzipped' fault with western portion … Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    The Nepal earthquake that killed more than 9,000 people in April only partially "unzipped" the fault line – the western portion of the Main Himalayan Thrust fault is still locked in places and accumulating stress, meaning it has the potential to produce a megathrust earthquake in the future. In two complementary studies, one published in the journal Science, researchers were able to garner an insight into megathrust earthquakes, which take place when two tectonic plates converge, with one being forced beneath the other. Study author Jean-Philippe Avouac told IBTimes UK it is not a case of if it will happen but when. More »

  • Earthquake shakes eastern Japan, no tsunami warning Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 hit eastern Japan on Thursday but no tsunami warning had been issued, the national broadcaster said. The epicentre of the earthquake, which shook buildings in Tokyo, was in Ibaraki Prefecture in eastern Japan, NHK said. There were no immediate reports of damage. (Reporting by Tokyo Newsroom; Editing by Miral Fahmy) More »

  • AP PHOTOS: 5 years after quake, Haitians turn ruins to homes Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Compared to some of his neighbors, Jimmy Bellefleur is not doing badly. The electrician has turned abandoned government office space into a one-room home for his wife and their two daughters. More »

  • Hope for Reshma 100 days after Nepal quake
    Hope for Reshma 100 days after Nepal quake Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    An Al Jazeera team updates the story of 11-year-old Reshma, who lost her mother and infant brother in Nepal quake. More »

  • Guatemalan capital shaken by 5.1 magnitude quake Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the capital of Guatemala on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, though there were not any immediate reports of damage or casualties. The USGS said the quake's epicentre was in the country's Pacific coast, some 16 miles (26 km) southwest of the town of Nueva Concepcion, at a depth of 36 miles (58 km). (Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) More »

  • Earthquake shakes Guatemalan capital - Reuters witness Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - An earthquake shook the capital of Guatemala on Friday, according to a Reuters witness. There were not any immediate reports of damage or injuries. (Reporting by Sofia Menchu) More »

  • Magnitude-5.5 quake hits Iran; no report of damage, injuries Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says a magnitude-5.5 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district some 800 kilometers (497 miles) southeast of Tehran. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • Philippine capital holds drill to prepare for killer quake
    Philippine capital holds drill to prepare for killer quake Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipinos poured out of buildings and shopping malls in a massive drill across Manila on Thursday to brace for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that experts fear could kill tens of thousands and displace millions. More »

  • Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattles south-central Alaska Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattled a wide area of south-central Alaska, including Anchorage, on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. The tremor struck just after 6:30 p.m. Alaska time in a remote area about 40 miles south of Mount Redoubt, an active volcano near Cook Inlet, and 140 miles southwest of Anchorage, the state's largest city, the USGS said on its website. It originated about 70 miles underground, the USGS said. More »

  • Magnitude-6.3 quake felt by some in Anchorage, Kodiak Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude-6.3 earthquake has shaken southern Alaska and was felt by some people in Anchorage and Kodiak. More »

  • 5.9 quake shakes Colombia-Panama border region Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A strong earthquake shook a sparsely populated region along the border between Colombia and Panama on Tuesday evening. There were no early reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • Magnitude 5.9 quake hits Panama-Colombia border, no reports of damage Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 quake struck the forested Panama-Colombia border on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. It was located about 160 miles (258 km) southeast of the capital of Panama, where the quake was felt, according to a tweet by the country's emergency services. Jose Donderis, the director of Panama's emergency services, said that authorities were monitoring the situation, but had not received reports of damage. More »

  • Indonesian quake kills teenager, damages buildings
    Indonesian quake kills teenager, damages buildings Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A powerful earthquake rocked remote eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, killing a teenage boy who fell into a river as he fished and damaging several buildings. More »