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…

Hawaii: 5.3 Earthquake Hits Just Off Big Island

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit near Hawaii’s Big Island this week. The rumble occurred at around 2 pm local time, and hit just 34 miles off the southeastern coast of Pahala, Hawaii. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, residents throughout…

8.2 Quake Hits Eastern Russia, No Deaths Reported

A magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck in the Sea of Okhotsk of Friday. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the quake was located just off the coast of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, in the far eastern part…

Earth Permanently Deformed After Earthquakes in Chile, Shows Study

A new study by geologists at Cornell University has shown that earthquakes can leave the Earth deformed. Cornell geologist Richard Allmendinger told LiveScience that strong earthquakes in Chile have left permanent cracks in the surface of the Earth. The findings…

7.2 Quake Off Japan Rocks Northern Islands

It seems that the planet’s recent surge of large earthquakes isn’t quite over. The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook the islands North of Japan on Friday morning. The quake was centered around 250 km (155…

6.8 Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has hit Papua new Guinea. This is the second large earthquake to hit around the world in as many days. The U.S. Geological Survey, (USGS) is reporting that the 6.6 magnitude earthquake was centered 18 km…

4.7 California Quake: Aftershocks Continue to Shake SoCal

For a second day, small aftershocks continue to rumble beneath Southern California. The aftershocks are the result of a 4.7 magnitude earthquake that occurred Monday. The Earthquake was centered under Riverside County, but could be felt in both Los Angeles…

Mysterious Earthquakes Rock Wisconsin Town

Scientists are looking into a series of low-magnitude earthquakes that have hit a small Wisconsin town recently. The mysterious part is, geologists say that quakes of such low magnitude aren’t generally felt by anyone and are only recorded on seismographs;…

Twitter: We Are Faster Than An Earthquake

Twitter’s new promotion is that their service moves faster than an earthquake. The impetus for this little video posted on their YouTube channel is obviously the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the east coast late last month. The quake, centered…

Earthquake Hits East Coast

Earthquakes have been hitting various places across the United States today. A quake of a reported 5.8 magnitude hit the east coast. According to The Weather Channel, the quake’s epicenter was in Virginia and reports claim that it was felt…

Earthquake, Tsunami Talk Takes Over Web

The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan and caused a powerful tsunami has captured the Web’s full attention.  This morning, nine out of the ten trending topics on Twitter relate to the natural disasters, the top Google Trends look rather…