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Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake in Southern California Is Second Major Quake in Two Days

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck southern California on Friday night at around 8:19 p.m. local time, with a reported epicentre around 10 miles to the northeast of the town of Ridgecrest – the second major quake to hit the region in two days. Read More >>

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Miles Below Amazon Rainforest in Peru, Limiting Casualties

An 8.0 magnitude earthquake rocked northern Peru on Sunday, killing at least one man and causing several injuries, the Associated Press reports. Read More >>

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Do You Need Anti-Virus Apps for Your Phone?

While you might be used to having to protect against malware and viruses on your computer, security tools are less common on phones. Should you be installing antivirus apps on your smartphone, or are the built-in protections that come as part of Android and iOS enough to keep you safe? Read More >>

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‘Dark’ Fibre Optic Cables Can Measure Earthquakes 

Scientists hope to employ networks of “dark fibres,” unused fibre optic cables, in order to sense sound waves moving underground—the signals of earthquakes. Read More >>

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How Scientists Used a 1906 Photo to Find the Centre of San Francisco’s Most Infamous Earthquake

Researchers used a grainy photograph of a toppled train combined with an eyewitness account to analyse the deadly earthquake that struck San Francisco over 110 years ago. Read More >>

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Geologists Joke About ‘Sea Monster’ After Mysterious 30-Minute Rumble Emanates from Waters Near Madagascar

Between Mozambique and Madagascar lies the island of Mayotte. Since May 10, the French Geological Survey has been keeping an eye on a collection of earthquakes taking place just off the island’s eastern shores, which peaked with a magnitude 5.8 shake. This swarm was curious enough all by itself — and then, on November 11, things took a peculiar turn. Read More >>

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Indonesia Faces Long Road to Recovery After Earthquake and Tsunami Claim 2,000 Lives

Indonesia is reeling from a series of geologically-triggered disasters. While it was still assessing the fallout from August’s deadly Lombok earthquake, a major earthquake on 28 September triggered a tsunami that slammed into Central Sulawesi. According to the latest UN reports, this disaster robbed at least 2,010 people of their lives, with 700 still reported missing. Read More >>

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Scientists Aren’t Sure What Triggered Indonesia’s Deadly Tsunami

Late on Friday, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near Sulawesi, Indonesia, quickly followed by a highly localised, intense, and devastating tsunami. Waves up to 18 feet high inundated Palu Bay, drowning a beach festival, destroying buildings, and claiming over 800 lives. Read More >>

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Something Unexpected and Weird Is Happening Beneath California’s Deadliest Faults

The detection of strange, unpredicted behaviour deep below the surface near the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults in the US state of California suggests scientists have an incomplete understanding of the processes responsible for earthquakes in the region. Read More >>

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Scientists Want Surrey’s Oil to Stay in the Ground Over Micro-Earthquake Threat

A group of scientists have written a Very Serious Letter to The Times, warning that some towns in Surrey may continue to be gradually shaken by minor earthquakes unless the practice of extracting oil in the area is halted. Read More >>

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An Earthquake Damaged a Pyramid in Mexico – and Exposed an Aztec Temple Hidden Below

On September 19, 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico, killing nearly 370 people. But something good has come from this tragic event: The quake damaged an ancient pyramid, revealing a previously unknown Aztec temple underneath. Read More >>

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Experiment Could Help Scientists Predict Avalanches Through Sound

It turns out that 8,000 tiny plastic disks in a rotating drum could help scientists develop a technique to forecast avalanches or earthquakes through sound. Read More >>

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UK Vaguely Wobbled by Mild Earthquake Horror as Weak Tremor Jingles Tea Cups in Cumbria

The small talk in Cumbria today is going to be about something other than the weather, believe it or not. The lucky residents get to remark upon the happening on an earthquake for once, after a 3.2 magnitude tremor hit the county. Read More >>

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Powerful Earthquake Hits Taiwan, Partially Collapses Hotel

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan yesterday, causing damage and a partially collapsed hotel building, sources report. Read More >>

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Study With One-Word Abstract Finds Moon Phases Don’t Predict Earthquakes

Rather than a simple "yes/no" answer, science usually gives us a more “evidence suggests” or “this correlation proposes” sort of situation, even if the public’s understanding is generally a little less nuanced. So USGS Seismologist Susan Hough found the right question: Read More >>