earthquake News

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 …

Rock Slides, but no Injuries From 4.9M Idaho Earthquake

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake in a remote Idaho county triggered rock slides that blocked some road lanes Saturday but did not cause any major damage or injuries. Hours later around midnight, quakes of magnitude 4.0 and 3.6 struck in the …

Earthquake Strikes off Coast of Northern California

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 5.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern California. The USGS says the quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean, about 70 miles west of Ferndale, California, and struck about 4:16 a.m. PST …

Oregon State Warned About Building in Tsunami Zone

Oregon’s state geologist urged Oregon State University not to put a marine studies building in a tsunami zone south of Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge – or at least build it to withstand waves as high as 43 feet. The school, however, …

Prison Sites at Salt Lake City Could Get Hit By Tsunami

The ground shakes violently and then a wall of salty, brine-shrimp-laden water crashes into the Utah State Prison. The cells of the state’s most dangerous inmates start to flood. Panicked Corrections officers must make a tough choice – hope the …

California’s Quake Warning System Gets Funding

California received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year that would provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities to shut off gas lines and people to dive under a table until the shaking …