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Earthquake

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Peru-Chile border
An earthquake measuring 6.0 in magnitude has struck near the Peru-Chile border, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

23.03.2015 05:05

Great Wall of Japan? Hot debate over Tokyo’s 400-km anti-tsunami barrier
Japan plans to build a 400-kilometer chain of sea walls to fend off any future natural disasters. Some parts of the $6.8 billion project will reach a height of five stories, but critics say it could damage marine life and won’t guarantee residents safety.

22.03.2015 15:32

California should brace for the 'Big One' – US Geological Survey
The chances of a major earthquake striking California in the next three decades have gone up, and it is more likely to hit San Francisco than Los Angeles, according to a new forecast from the US Geological Survey (USGS).

11.03.2015 17:45

Evacuations as 6.6 earthquake shakes Colombia capital
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has hit the Colombian capital of Bogota, prompting mass evacuations from the city’s buildings. Strong and prolonged tremors sparked panic and a social media storm.

10.03.2015 21:15

Oil & gas execs ‘pressured’ Oklahoma geologists not to reveal fracking-quakes link
Newly-obtained emails reveal that Oklahoma geologists were pressured by oil industry big-shots not to push on with their assessments of possible links between earthquakes in the state and hydraulic fracturing industry, most often referred to as fracking.

05.03.2015 13:56

Dutch govt says ‘sorry’ for ignoring danger over gas field earthquakes
The Dutch government apologized on Monday for discounting the dangers from earth tremors caused by natural gas extraction in the northern province of Groningen just weeks after a report blamed the government and energy companies for ignoring the dangers.

02.03.2015 21:06

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off southern Japan - USGS
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the southern coast of Japan, according to the US Geological Survey.

25.02.2015 07:13

US geological agency calls for data sharing on fracking-induced tremors
The US Geological Survey has called for more transparency and cooperation among “interested stakeholders” in order to monitor and mitigate the effects of fracking, a process widely blamed for the recent explosion of earthquakes in states like Oklahoma.

20.02.2015 15:26

Ohio high court rules against local fracking ban, opponents may seek civil rights argument
The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a local ordinance couldn’t block a fracking company from drilling, affirming priority of state law. Yet observers say the decision leaves room for a challenge based on civil rights.

19.02.2015 16:55

Tsunami & evacuation warnings after M6.9 offshore quake in Japan
An earthquake measuring at 6.9 magnitude has struck off Honshu island in northern Japan, prompting a tsunami advisory which anticipated waves of up to 1m in height in Iwate Prefecture. People in some coastal areas have been advised to leave their homes.

16.02.2015 23:30

​‘Like a bomb had gone off!’ 3.8 magnitude quake hits UK, 2nd this week
For the second time in a week, parts of the UK have felt the earth shaking beneath their feet as yet another quake was recorded, this time in the East Midlands, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale.

29.01.2015 09:15

​‘Strong correlation’ between quakes and fracking in Kansas – official
​Geologists in the state of Kansas now say that a recent string of mysterious earthquakes may have been caused by pumping chemicals into the ground as part of the controversial gas and oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

19.01.2015 19:25