Oct 14, 2014

Powerful earthquake strikes off El Salvador

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck late on Monday off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua and was felt across Central America, killing at least one person, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. El Salvador’s emergency services said a dozen homes ...

Oct 14, 2014

Northern California overdue for big quake, study says

Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state’s water, according to a geological study published on Monday. ...

Oct 8, 2014

New fault line discovered in New Zealand could generate 7.1 quake

A new geological fault capable of generating a magnitude -7.1 earthquake has been discovered in Wellington, confirming the New Zealand capital’s status as one of the world’s most seismically active cities in the world, scientists revealed Wednesday. Geologists from the official NIWA research agency ...

Sep 17, 2014

San Francisco puts earthquake warning signs on buildings

The city of San Francisco stepped up the pressure on property owners who fail to comply with seismic retrofitting regulations this week, posting large red-and-white warning signs on the buildings to make the violations public. The move comes just weeks after Northern California was ...

88 bodies from 3/11 remain unidentified 3½ years on

Sep 11, 2014

88 bodies from 3/11 remain unidentified 3½ years on

Three and a half years after 3/11, signs of the disasters are still visible, and the bodies of 88 victims in the three hardest-hit prefectures remain unidentified. Police and other authorities continue to search for the missing, while many survivors remain stuck in temporary ...

Sep 1, 2014

Strong earthquake aftershock shakes Napa Valley

A significant aftershock from last weekend’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled Northern California’s wine country. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.2 tremor struck 5 miles (8 km) south of the city of Napa just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Thomas Brocher, director of USGS’ Earthquake ...

Aug 31, 2014

In California quake, wine barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

Napa Valley’s seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not. In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton ...