USGS News

Small Earthquake Triggered by Minor KIlauea Explosion

A small explosion on the summit of Kilauea volcano has triggered an earthquake but there are no reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 5.2 earthquake happened around 4:50 a.m. Saturday on the Big Island and felt …

Hawaii Volcano Lava Destroys 117 Homes on Big Island

Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano has destroyed more than 100 homes in a rural Big Island district. As of Monday, lava burned down 117 homes, said Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder. On Friday, the count was at 87 homes. …

USGS: M3.5 Quake Hit San Francisco Bay Area

A small earthquake has rattled the San Francisco Bay Area but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS said a 3.5-magnitude temblor struck at 7:18 p.m. Monday. The quake was centered …

USGS: M3.3 Quake Rattles Southern California Desert

A magnitude 3.3 earthquake has rattled the Southern California desert, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS said the quake on Saturday was centered about 27 miles northwest of El Centro in the desert near the Arizona border. It struck …

3 Small Earthquakes Occurred off Southern California Ocean

Several minor earthquakes well offshore have lightly shaken some Southern California coastal communities, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quakes occurred before dawn Tuesday near the southern end of San Clemente Island, more than 60 miles off the mainland. …

M3.3 Magnitude Rattles Shakes San Francisco Bay Area

A minor earthquake has shaken the San Francisco Bay area, the United States Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.3 struck just before 5 a.m. on Monday. The epicenter of the quake was …

Quake Scenario: More than 1M Bay Area Homes Could Suffer Extensive Damage

More than a million San Francisco Bay Area residents would face extensive damage to their homes after a major earthquake on the Hayward fault, according to a new earthquake scenario developed by the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS findings, which …

M5.3 Temblor Shakes Southern California Area, No Damage So Far Reported

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Southern California at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake struck roughly 17 miles off the Santa Cruz Islands and was measured at 6.1 miles deep, according …

USGS: Pair of Quakes Rattled Central California

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that a pair of minor earthquakes just a few hours apart rattled the San Jose area in central California. The Mercury News of San Jose, citing the USGS, reported a 3.1 magnitude quake hit an …

M4.0 Earthquake Confirmed in Oregon

An earthquake hit Oregon roughly 40 miles south of Portland near Molalla and was felt by numerous residents in the area, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS reported the magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck about seven miles southwest of Molalla …