earthquake News

Small Quake Hits California Coast Near Santa Barbara

A small earthquake has rattled parts of the Southern California coast. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the magnitude-3.6 quake hit just before 11 a.m. Sunday about 3 miles east of Santa Barbara. A sheriff’s dispatcher says there are no immediate …

Small Quake Rattles Northwestern Colorado

A minor earthquake rattled homes in northwestern Colorado over the weekend. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports the magnitude 3.7 quake hit just before noon Saturday. The epicenter was 2.5 miles northwest of Rangely, a town of about 2,000 …

Minor Temblor Reported off Bay in Washington

A small earthquake struck near Port Townsend in Admiralty Bay. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the earthquake happened shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday between Port Townsend and Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island. The 3.1-magnitude quake occurred at a depth of …

California Congressmen Introduce Earthquake Mitigation Tax Incentives

A pair of Congressmen from California today introduced the Earthquake Mitigation Incentive and Tax Parity Act of 2017 to exclude incentives for residential seismic retrofits from federal taxation. The act was introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and Paul …

Dam at Oregon Lake Being Retrofitted to Withstand Earthquake

The leaky dam at Hyatt Lake in Oregon is being shored up this summer as part of a $3.7 million seismic retrofit. The Mail Tribune reported the project will bring the dam east of Ashland into safety compliance after a …

California Fault Could Yield M7.4 Quake, Study Shows

An earthquake fault running from San Diego Bay to Los Angeles is capable of producing a magnitude-7.4 earthquake that could affect some of the region’s most densely populated areas, according to a new study. The study looked at the Newport-Inglewood …

Washington Utility Commits to Maintain Low Levels at Lake over Quake Fears

Updated earthquake concerns for Mossyrock Dam, the tallest structure of its kind in Washington, have prompted Tacoma Power to commit to a new, reduced water level at Riffe Lake that will likely stretch well into the next decade. The Chronicle …

Talk Expected to Turn to Earthquakes at Tornado Summit in Oklahoma

Hundreds of top meteorologists and disaster recovery experts will converge on Oklahoma City this week for a national tornado summit, though much of the discussion is expected to focus on temblors, not twisters. The annual three-day conference in the middle of …

Flooding and Damaging Wind Were Most Destructive Natural Hazards in 2016

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. Annual Summary from CoreLogic Details 2016 Natural Hazard Events CoreLogic® analyzes and evaluates the number and severity of natural hazard events that occurred across the U.S. annually in its Natural …

USGS Confirms Another Quake in Western Colorado Towns

A recent 3.3 magnitude earthquake is the largest to hit a western Colorado county in a decade, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS told the Rifle Citizen Telegram that seven people reported the earthquake that shook Garfield County towns …