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Earthquake Authority to Study Quake’s Impact on Napa Homes

The California Earthquake Authority has begun surveying Napa residents to find out how well their homes withstood the magnitude 6.0 earthquake centered in the South Napa area on Aug. 24, 2014. Under an initiative that CEA executives hope will lead to …

Washington’s Early Warning System a Bit Slow Quake Shows

A magnitude-4.3 earthquake that rumbled under Washington state’s Cascade Range early Wednesday was “not a great advertisement” for an early warning system undergoing tests, an official said. The system noticed the quake 18 seconds late, said John Vidale, director of …

Central Washington Jolted by M4.3 Earthquake

A magnitude-4.3 earthquake rumbled under Washington state’s Cascade Range, but no damage has been reported. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the quake struck at 1:04 a.m. Wednesday and was centered about 20 miles north of Ellensburg and 10 miles …

Earthquake Warning System in Obama Budget Pleases Lawmakers

President Barack Obama’s recommendation to spend $5 million next year on an early earthquake warning system for the West Coast represents a significant breakthrough, congressional supporters of the project said. It’s the first time Obama has included funding for the …

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Develops Earthquake Plan

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission now has a plan for future earthquakes after two small quakes rattled an area in Weld County that officials later determined were likely caused by a nearby injection well. The commission said NGL …

Work on ‘Tsunami-Proof’ School on Washington Coast Underway

Ground has been broken for a new school building on the Washington coast at Westport. Officials say the structure is designed to be tsunami-proof. KOMO-TV reported that the planned “vertical evacuation structure” will be an addition to the Ocosta Elementary …

4.1 Mag Quake Recorded in North-Central Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 4.1 magnitude earthquake near Cherokee in north-central Oklahoma. The USGS reports the quake occurred at 4:19 a.m. on Jan. 21 about nine miles east of Cherokee in Alfalfa County — about 95 miles …

5.8 Quake Struck in Remote Alaska

An earthquake struck in a remote area of Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain and there were no reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.8 temblor occurred at 6:47 p.m. Friday and was centered about 65 miles …

Paying For Quake-Proofing Buildings Weighted by Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council is mulling ways to pay for expensive retrofits of buildings in danger of collapsing during a major earthquake. Councilman Tom LaBonge said Wednesday he favors a state bond because strengthening at-risk apartments and other buildings …

Record Number of Quakes in Alaska Detected In 2014

Alaska experienced a busy year underground in 2014, according to experts who record the state’s earthquakes. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center detected 40,686 quakes in the state and bordering parts of Canada, significantly more that the previous high of nearly …