Earthquakes

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The Washington Monument Is Finally Reopening

Three years and $15 million later, the restored monument will be ready for visitors again this afternoon.

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How a Low-Income San Francisco Neighborhood Is Building a Culture of Disaster Preparedness

The partnerships being formed now could save the Bayview area when an earthquake strikes.

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April Had a Record Number of Big Earthquakes

This year there was a typical pattern of quake activity up until the end of March, and then things went bonkers.

USGS

Mapping More Than a Century of Major Earthquakes

A comprehensive look at which parts of the world have suffered historically large quakes.

Visualizing the Spread of Chile's Tsunami

An oceanic model shows how far and wide last night's earthquake-triggered tsunami has traveled.

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Was the Los Angeles Earthquake Caused by Fracking?

The epicenter was just eight miles from a disposal well where oil and gas wastewater is being injected underground at high pressure.

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Los Angeles Is Overdue for a More Powerful Earthquake Than We Thought

Supercomputers reveal a natural channel in the earth that could bring potent shaking to the megacity.

Reuters

Scenes From the 1755 Earthquake That Turned Lisbon to Ruins

Tsunamis and tremors reached multiple continents; Portugal's biggest city was thrown into chaos.

Reuters

Seattle's Hilly Neighborhoods Could Slide Into the Water During the Next Earthquake

More than 8,000 buildings and several Seattle neighborhoods are in the potential pathways of devastating landslides.

Pakistan's Earthquake Was So Strong It Spawned a Whole New Island

A burbling volcano of mud rose out of the Arabian Sea like some Lovecraftian nightmare.

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The 10 Cities Most Threatened by a Damaging Natural Disaster

Japan faces more than its fair share of risk.

Mike Hewson

Slipping Optical Illusions into Post-Earthquake Christchurch

With the power of trompe l'oeil, Mike Hewson tries to give hope to New Zealanders "surrounded by decay and uncertainty."

Shigeru Ban Architects

Peek Inside This 'Cardboard Cathedral,' Which Can Withstand Earthquakes

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed the paper-based house of worship, for Christchurch.

Earthquake Creates Weird Lightshow Over Mexico City

The electrical infrastructure in Mexico's capital did not respond happily to Sunday morning's quake.

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East Coast Cities at Risk in Future Tsunamis

If a major tsunami were to occur off the Atlantic coast, cities from New England to New Jersey could be hardest hit.

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Superstorm Sandy Was So Powerful the Ground Shook in Seattle

Earthquakes aren't the only thing to make the earth shiver.

Reuters

Can a Booming Bay Area Avoid Running Out of Water?

San Francisco's sources of drinking water are threatened on multiple fronts.

You've Heard of Skyscrapers. But What About a 'Depthscraper'?

It's basically a giant hole in the ground, designed to withstand Japanese earthquakes.

Reuters

The Social Side of Urban Earthquake Risk

Creating a better measure of non-physical urban factors in post-earthquake damage.