earthquake News

Japan Aims to Beef up Nuke Safety Check Competency After Bad Review

Japanese nuclear regulators said Monday they will revise laws, nearly double inspection staff and send some inspectors to the U.S. for training to address deficiencies cited by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Nuclear Regulation Authority announced the plans in …

Reconstruction of Quake-Damaged Heritage Sites Begins in Nepal

Nepal’s prime minister announced this week the start of reconstruction of key heritage sites in and around the capital that were damaged by an earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and devastated the country one year ago. Prime Minister Khadga …

Retrofitting in Utah, Nevada Spurred by Earthquake Report

A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City, Utah in the next half century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of …

Sierras Along California, Nevada Line Long Overdue for Big Quake

Scientists say the Sierra’s eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average every 30 years hasn’t occurred in six decades. Nevada Seismology Laboratory Director Graham Kent says the …

CEA Says It Could Pay All Claims if San Francisco 1906 Quake Hit Today

The California Earthquake Authority is taking the opportunity to tout its financial strength on the 110-Year anniversary of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. CEA, a not-for-profit publicly managed organization that provides residential earthquake insurance, said it would be able pay all covered claims …

Small Temblor Strikes Northwestern Washington

A minor earthquake hit northwest Washington state on Tuesday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reported that the 3.5-magnitude temblor hit at 11:06 a.m. in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington. It was about …

Famed California Seismologist Retiring From USGS

Seismologist Lucy Jones, the face of earthquake science and safety in Southern California, is retiring from the U.S. Geological Survey. Jones said in a Twitter posting Friday that she’s leaving federal service but will remain at the California Institute of …

Earthquakes Hit South Central Alaska, Aleutians

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake that hit south-central Alaskawas felt in the state’s largest city, Anchorage, and was one of several recent quakes in the area. The National Tsunami Warning Center says the quake hit at 12:57 p.m. on Saturday and was …

Earthquake Response Legislation Passes Oklahoma House Panel

Legislation that reaffirms the Oklahoma Corporation’s Commission’s authority to respond to emergencies involving oil and natural gas production in the state, including drilling-related earthquakes, has been approved by a state House committee. The House Rules Committee this week voted 10-0 …

M4.1 Earthquake Hits Hawaii’s Big Island

A magnitude-4.1 earthquake jolted the southern flank of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. The U.S. Geological Survey the quake last week was centered about 26 miles south of Hilo on the Big Island. It hit at 9:23 a.m. There were no reports …