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Megaquake West Coast: Scientists Say It’s A Probability

A group of researchers have calculated the possibility of a megaquake such as Japan’s 9.0 quake and tsunami in 2011 happening on America’s West Coast. A study published in the October issue of Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America details how researchers used computer models of future seismic activity and analysis of past activity dating back thousands of years …

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Hawaii Lava Flow Update: Poses No Immediate Threat To Residents

Residents of Pahoa in Hawaii’s Big Island all accept volcanic activity as part of the trade-off for living in an island paradise. For the present, they are taking a “wait and see” stance in hopes that the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano will stop and not require them to evacuate. Shawn Heard, a shop owner in downtown Pahoa, the largest …

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Earthquake Kills at Least 398 People in China

At 4:30 pm local time (4:30 am EST), a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Chinese province of Yunnan. The epicenter of the quake was recorded some 230 miles northeast of Kunming, the capital of the Yunnan province. Current estimates state that at least 398 people have died and another 1,801 have suffered injuries of some degree. Thus far, 7,000 emergency …

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Guatemala Earthquake Destroys Buildings, Several People Killed

On Monday, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the border between Mexico and Guatemala resulting in landslides, mudslides, and damaged buildings. According to reports, a newborn baby and three others were killed during the incident. Dozens were also injured. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at about 7:23 am ET. The quake was 37 miles deep. Although the …

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Indianapolis Tornado Destroys Homes And Power Lines, Thousands Affected

A large tornado that was first seen near Plainfield, Indiana, whirled its way into Indianapolis on Tuesday afternoon. It left several homes damaged and destroyed power lines in the area, which affected thousands of people. Trees were also uprooted. People who saw the tornado near Speedway also reported the presence of a funnel cloud at around 2:40 p.m. Eastern Time. According …

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Alaska Earthquake Of 7.9 Magnitude Prompts Tsunami Warning

On Monday, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Aleutian Islands near Alaska. Reports say that the earthquake struck at 12:53 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time. The earthquake was followed by aftershocks – the first one with a 6.0 magnitude and the second one with a 5.8 magnitude, both occurring several minutes after the quake. Four hours after the main earthquake, another …

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Nebraska Twin Tornadoes Rip Through Pilger Leaving Two People Dead

On Monday night, two tornadoes swept through the little town of Pilger, Nebraska. The strong winds obliterated the town’s business district, and the fire station and more than 50 homes were turned into rubble. Trey Wisniewski said on Tuesday that he heard storm sirens and saw the sky blackening. He rushed with his wife into their basement. “My wife was …

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Colorado Mudslide Leaves Three People Missing

A massive mudslide in rural Colorado has covered miles of forest and left three people missing. The mudslide occurred early Sunday evening in Mesa County, Colorado. According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded quickly to calls about the slide at around 6 pm on Sunday, establishing a joint emergency command with firemen, search and rescue teams, and road …

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Denver Tornadoes Cause Hail Storm And Disrupts Airport

On Wednesday, a total of eight tornadoes touched down in the Denver metro area. In addition, Colorado was also facing a fierce thunderstorm that produced piles of hail, which caused residents to take shelter. Three tornadoes touched down in Araphoe County, one in Denver County, and four in Adams County. The first tornado was reported at 2:05 p.m. in Aurora, …

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San Andreas Fault Affected by Irrigation

The San Andreas Fault, a continental transform that runs roughly 810 miles through California, is being affected by irrigation practices in the area, according to a study by Geologist Colin Amos from Western Washington University. Readings from GPS technology have shown that water levels in the San Joaquin Valley aquifer have lowered and that the mountains nearby have simultaneously risen, …

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Miguelito Canyon Fire Grows To 700 Acres, Prompts Evacuation

Emergency crews have been trying to put out a brushfire that started in Miguelito Canyon, located at the south of Lompoc, California, since 1:40 pm. When firefighters initially reported to the scene, only 20 acres of land was on fire. However, the fire quickly spread due to the strong gusts of wind. The quick-spreading fire immediately prompted an evacuation on …

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Thailand Earthquake Measuring 6.3 In Magnitude Rocks Nation

One of Thailand’s biggest earthquakes shook the northern part of the country on Monday. The earthquake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, was also followed by at least 109 aftershocks that measured 3.0 to about 5.2 on the scale. Authorities say that the earthquake left one person dead, an 83-year-old woman killed by a wall that had collapsed on …

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