Scientists rely on the public's reporting of ground shaking to characterize the intensity of ground motion produced by an earthquake. How accurate and reliable are those perceptions? A new study by Italian researchers suggests that a person's activity at the time of the quake influences their perception of shaking more than their location. Show More Summary
Sasquatch tracks found on Vancouver Island A hairy creature conjuring the Sasquatch of North American folklore is stomping around Vancouver Island, according to a young First Nations man who claims he had a startling encounter with the beast.Fisheries officer Luke Swan Jr. Show More Summary
In a city like San Francisco, there are tons of stories packed into every block — there’s the one building that didn’t burn down in the 1906 earthquake and fire, there’s the bar where Jack Dorsey used to drink while brainstorming about building Twitter, there’s the spot in the park where locals play jazz on Sundays. But unless you’re on a walking tour with a… Read More
The air suddenly feels different. Dogs begin to howl, and the horses become restless. A burst of bright light, and seconds later, the ground starts to rumble and shake. Earthquake precursors — from strange animal behavior to temperature...Show More Summary
There's no Oscar for Best Manmade "Natural" Disaster, but if there were, Southern California would win in a mudslide. After all, Hollywood's movie studios have spent decades perfecting the cinematic catastrophe: earthquakes, hurricanes, avalanches, fires, floods, you name it. Show More Summary
New research contributes to learning the mechanisms that cause the Earth's plates to move and drift.
The boarded up DeGaussing Station on the Marina Green may become a new memorial dedicated to the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The building, which was previously used by the US Navy, nearly became a restaurant, but that plan faced stiff...
Zachary Karabell author of The Leading Indicators, points out some failures of a favorite economic indicator: "GDP goes up after natural disasters because of the rebuilding, but hurricanes, tornados, draughts and earthquakes are hardly a healthy recipe for economic growth."
The Earth's outer layer is made up of a series of moving, interacting plates whose motion at the surface generates earthquakes, creates volcanoes and builds mountains. Geoscientists have long sought to understand the plates' fundamental...Show More Summary
Listen to this episode Alarming events were in store for Sicily at the beginning of the summer of 1831. On 28 June, small earthquakes rocked the western end of the island, and these continued occurring day after day. On 4 July, the unpleasant scent of sulfur spread through the town of Sciacca. Show More Summary
About three quarters of the way through this episode, I sensed a strange shift in the atmosphere, as if gravity itself were bending, or some ripple of energy rolled through the cosmos. But no earthquakes were reported in my neighborhood. I wasn’t drunk. We may not have the technology to... More »
Frankly, if we lived next to a major fault zone or an active volcano, the seismic record above on our department seismometer would be worrisome beyond measure. Earthquake after earthquake usually means very bad things, the harmonic tremor leading to a major volcanic eruption or the buildup to a huge earthquake. Show More Summary
Rising King by ddjvigo It wasn't an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon... because what's really happening is that you're hiding something out there: a fantastic T-shirt design by NeatoShop artist ddjvigo. Visit ddjvigo over at his Facebook page, then head on over to his NeatoShop. Show More Summary
A couple near Pittsburgh were just minding their own business and getting ready for dinner when they heard a sound like an earthquake. There was not an earthquake in Pittsburgh: there was a tanker truck full of milk on a collision course with their house. A massive milk spill is bad enough when it takes place on the highway, … [More]
Happy Fangs is the punk pop duo formed last year by singer Rebecca Gone Bad (formerly of My First Earthquake) and guitarist Michael Cobra of King Loses Crown, plus drum machine.
When you spend $1 billion to build a 73-story building in the heart of Downtown, you're not going to cut corners on earthquake safety measures, especially when the nearest fault is less than a half-mile away and capable of...
Remember Fukushima? Earthquake? Tsunami? Nuclear meltdown? Happened back in '75, if I recall correctly. Still going on. Scientists confirmed the arrival of radioactive Fukushima water at the annual American Geophysical Union's Ocean Sciences Mee...
Yes, the Viaduct is sinking—some would say sagging—in its Pioneer Square parts. But, the Washington State Department of Transportation says not to worry! It would take an earthquake or similar catastrophe to force a traffic shutdown. Phew?...Show More Summary
Disasters can come upon us in the blink of an eye without us knowing any better. Take volcanic eruptions for instance – that, as well as a tsunami or an earthquake could just happen in a split second without any prior notice, leading to untold loss of lives as well as damage to property. Show More Summary
A recently leaked 2010 document claims that the new Bay Bridge span used irregular welds on the road deck that could fail in an earthquake. The welds could prevent the bridge from reopening quickly in an emergency. Today, a Caltrans...