Earthquakes

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Nuclear Plant In California May Close

The San Onofre nuclear plant has been shut down for over a year, and may stay that way permanently. The reason for the current closure is a problem with new steam generators. They experienced some kind of rapid degradation which compromised the plant’s safety. The plant is operated by Edison International, the parent company of […]

May 1st

New Study Confirms Water Injection Caused Oklahoma Earthquake

The linkage between wastewater injection and earthquakes seems to have been covered ad nauseum over the past few years, especially in relation to the Oklahoma earthquakes on November 6, 2011, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Prague (in Oklahoma, not in Europe) was preceded by a 5.0 shock and followed by literally thousands of aftershocks. […]

March 27th

Himalayas Should Prepare For Mammoth Earthquakes

  Residents of the Himalayas could be at great risk of a massive earthquake according to new research which shows that two massive earthquake over the past millennia have left visible ground scars. Such a finding is of critical importance to the region, a region which has a similar population density to that of New York […]

December 30th

Pacific Basin At Risk From Russian Far East

  Communism in the Soviet Union was responsible for a lot of heartache, but one of the lesser known problems that arose out of the closed boundaries of Russia during the middle portion of the last century is the restriction to scientific locations. The Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands lie off the east coast of continental […]

December 3rd

Variety Of Tsunami Threats On U.S. East Coast, New Research Concludes

  New studies conducted by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey have found that tsunamis pose a risk to the East Coast of the United States. Researcher Uri ten Brink noted that, “although the risk is small,” a variety of sources could actually trigger a tsunami on the East Coast. Brink also stated: “Hurricane Sandy showed […]

November 22nd

Romney Wants To Get Rid Of Disaster Relief, Seriously

  Yep, one of the two possible-to-get-elected candidates for president of the United States of America wants to get rid of federal disaster relief. He wants to privatize it! Which would basically mean that you’d have to pay for help in disaster situations (nevermind if that’s not really an option for some people or places). […]

October 31st

New England Earthquake, 4.0 Earthquake Hits Maine

  A moderate earthquake measuring a 4.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Maine on Tuesday night. On October 16th, about 30 miles from Portland, Maine, the earthquake caused extensive shaking throughout all of New England. The rare earthquake surprised most of the residents, who have rarely if ever experienced one. The earthquake struck around […]

October 17th

Building an Earthquake History for Europe

Scientists of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have compiled for the first time a harmonised catalogue of earthquakes for Europe and the Mediterranean region, going back a thousand years, and consisting of approximately 45,000 earthquakes. Such a database provides governments and aid organisations reliable information for risk assessment of earthquakes and quake generated tsunamis, […]

August 13th

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Italy, At Least 6 Dead

A powerful 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck northern Italy just after 4am today. The epicenter was about 22 miles north of Bologna. It was felt throughout northern Italy, and aftershocks have been continuing. At least 6 people are reported dead, with at least another 60 reported injured. The same area had previously been struck by a […]

May 20th

Climate Change Will Trigger Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions

  There is growing evidence that some of the Earth’s most catastrophic geological events were triggered by changes in the climate. The melting of ice sheets and changes in sea level served as triggers to some of the world’s largest earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, according to British geologist Bill McGuire. The best evidence of climatic […]

May 10th

Fracking Causes Earthquakes in UK,… but UK Gives Go-Ahead Anyway

  It was recently determined (for I think the fourth time) that activities related to hydraulic fracking for natural gas are linked to earthquakes — as in, fracking essentially causes earthquakes. Nonetheless, the UK is moving forward with fracking in an area getting such earthquakes. Here’s more from the AFP (via sister site Blue Living […]

April 23rd