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Oregon Transportation Needs Include Preparing for Earthquake Damage

A major fault off the Oregon Coast is expected to produce an earthquake, and transportation officials say preparing for that event needs to be a top priority. The Medford Mail Tribune reported a Cascadia Subduction Zone event tops the needs …

Magnitude 4.6 Quake Hits Central Alaska, Officials Say

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake rattled central Alaska over the weekend, officials confirmed. The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, and was centered 110 miles northwest of Anchorage at a depth of 78 miles. Police …

M3.6 Quake Jolts Northern Nevada Desert

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck in a remote part of the northern Nevada desert, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The U.S.G.S. says the quake hit at 1:53 a.m. Sunday about 14 miles northeast of Gerlach (GEHR-lack). That’s about 182 miles …

Earthquake Resilience Topic at Southern California Conference

Most people aren’t prepared for the big one. If there was one common theme at a three-day earthquake conference in downtown Long Beach, Calif., that was it. The National Earthquake Conference, which runs through Friday, is a quadrennial event bringing …

Utah Earthquake Country Examined

Signs of earthquakes are everywhere in the chaotically beautiful geology of southwest Utah and the region where the mile-high Colorado Plateau falls off into the corrugated Basin-and-Range landscape that dominates neighboring Nevada. The treeless desert lays bare the lines of …

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 …