California Expected to Set Water Restrictions

In an attempt to help curb the impact of a three-year drought, California is likely to soon issue a first-time mandatory water restriction. The California State Water Resources Control Board is expected to pass the emergency measure Tuesday, as reservoirs…

San Andreas Fault: Could Drought Make It Worse?

The drought in California is causing a lot of problems for residents, most of these problems are obvious, but one is harder to see. The drought has caused Californians to take water from underneath the Central Valley. This has caused…

Peru Volcano Prompts Evacuations

A volcano in southwestern Peru called Ubinas began ejecting pyroclastic material into the sky in 2006, after over four decades of lying dormant. Recent volcanic activity has prompted officials to evacuate 60 residents of Querapi, a village near its base.…

South Carolina Earthquake is Strongest in 10 Years

Being dubbed the “Valentine’s Quake,” a 4.4 magnitude earthquake rocked South Carolina Friday night. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the state since 2002. The quake’s center was just 7 miles outside of Edgefield, SC, which sits 60 miles…

The ‘GoldenEye’ Telescope Sustained Serious Damage in an Earthquake

Fans of the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye (and the subsequent N64 game) no doubt know the Arecibo Observatory as the “cradle.” The famous movie set is actually a 1,000-ft. radio telescope, the largest single-aperture telescope in world. The giant…

Here’s Why The Hyperloop Would Withstand An Earthquake (At Least In Theory)

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop proposal takes the system’s susceptibility (or hopefully non-susceptibility) to earthquakes very seriously. The subject is brought up numerous times within the 57-page document. The proposal actually details what would happen in a number of emergency situations, but…

Sumatra Earthquake Causes Deaths, Injuries

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Tuesday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred in the Aceh reagion at the northern end of the island, around 34 miles from the city of Bireun.…

Washington: 4.3 Earthquake Hits Near Leavenworth

A small earthquake hit central Washington on Wednesday evening. The 4.3 magnitude quake hit at around 7:45 pm local time. It was centered around 16 miles from Leavenworth, Washington – 117 miles from the state capital of Olympia. Though the…

5.1 Earthquake Shakes Northern Italy

Just two days after a small 4.6 magnitude earthquake gently shook Lima, Peru, a mid-sized 5.1 magnitude earthquake has now shaken northern Italy. The quake occurred at around 12:30 local time on Friday and was centered one mile from the…

Lima, Peru Shaken by Small Earthquake

The capital of Peru was shaken Tuesday night by a relatively small earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a mild magnitude of 4.6. The epicenter of the quake was around 22 miles (35km) off the coast of…