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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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Scientists Witness the Birth of a Submarine Volcano for the First Time

Back on November 11, 2018, a planetwide rumble emanated from somewhere between eastern Africa and Madagascar. This strange signal, thought by scientists at the time to be related to a colossal but hard-to-identify magmatic process, was pinpointed to have come from 48 kilometres east of the island of Mayotte, beneath the waves. Read More >>

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Scientists in America Are Mapping the Industrial Hums That Travel Through the Earth

Across the US, industrial machinery creates a constant underground hum that sends vibrations through the surface of the Earth. Scientists are now mapping that subterranean humming. Read More >>

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Mysterious Planetwide Rumble May Have Come From the Largest Underwater Eruption Ever Recorded

On November 11, 2018, a deep rumble ricocheted around the world, one that humans couldn’t feel but that registered quite clearly on seismometers. A new pre-print paper about the event is now suggesting that it was caused by the largest offshore volcanic event in recorded history. 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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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 >>

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Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Peru

A “strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake” struck the southern coast of Peru on Sunday morning, leaving at least one dead, several missing, and dozens injured, CNBC reported. Read More >>

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Indonesian Island Prepares for Devastating Volcanic Eruption

This month has been marked with a staggering number of geological and meteorological catastrophes. Powerful hurricanes have pummelled the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, and a spate of earthquake events rocked Mexico. Now, geologists worry that seismic activity in Indonesia will lead to a powerful volcanic eruption. Read More >>

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An Obscure Fault in Southern California is More Dangerous Than We Thought

A little-known fault underneath the southern Californian city of Santa Barbara is capable of producing stronger shaking and more damage during an earthquake than previously thought, according to new research. Called the Ventura-Pitas Point Fault, it’s now thought to be capable of producing magnitude 8.0 earthquakes, and even tsunamis. Read More >>

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Huge Earthquake in the Pacific Sparks Tsunami Fears

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has rocked the Solomon Islands about 42 miles off the coast of Kirakira. A subsequent Tsunami watch was issued for Hawaii, but was canceled. Areas close to the quake are also on tsunami alerts. Read More >>

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This is How Fracking Can Cause Earthquakes

It’s generally believed that hydraulic fracturing is behind the recent spate of earthquakes in regions not usually associated with seismic activity, but the underlying processes are still poorly understood. New research from Canada strengthens the link between the two, showing how the controversial practice can produce persistent earthquakes even after fracking has ended. Read More >>

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Is New Zealand on the Brink of Another Major Quake?

Seismologists are warning that the latest earthquake to strike New Zealand could trigger other large earthquakes in the coming days and weeks, but sensationalistic claims of a devastating “mega-quake” are likely overblown. Read More >>

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Oklahoma Rocked by Yet Another Freak Earthquake

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattled the Oklahoma prairie town of Cushing last night, damaging several buildings and threatening one of the world’s largest oil terminals. Earthquakes are now a disturbingly frequent phenomenon in the region, with all signs pointing to the practice of disposing oil and gas field wastewater deep underground. Read More >>

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Earthquake Faults Around San Francisco Are Dangerously Interconnected

Geologists have discovered that two deadly faults beneath San Francisco—the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults—may be linked. Should one slip, it could trigger the other fault to collapse as well, causing an earthquake even larger than the one that struck back in 1989. Read More >>

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A Massive Earthquake Along the San Andreas Fault Is Disturbingly Imminent

A series of quakes under the Salton Sea may be a signal that the San Andreas Fault is on the verge of buckling. For the next few days, the risk of a major earthquake along the fault is as high as 1 in 100. Which, holy crap. Read More >>