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Critics Blast Oregon Repeal of Tsunami-Zone Building Ban

NEWPORT, Ore. — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it’s only a matter of …

Scientists Warn Oregon is Lagging in Disaster Preparedness

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon state lawmakers abandoned a multimillion-dollar project to develop early warning systems for earthquakes and wildfires, and scientists warn that the funding shake-up could endanger public safety and put Oregon further behind other West Coast states in …

An Earthquake’s Impact Can Be Predicted – But Only After it Hits

Over the next week, Southern California has only a 27% chance of experiencing a third earthquake greater than magnitude 6, but a 96% chance of going through a tremor of magnitude 5 or higher. Those precise probabilities were generated by …

Study Suggests Earthquakes are Triggered Well Beyond Fluid Injection Zones

Using data from field experiments and modeling of ground faults, researchers at Tufts University have discovered that the practice of subsurface fluid injection used in ‘fracking’ and wastewater disposal for oil and gas exploration could cause significant, rapidly spreading earthquake …

Oregon’s North Coast Planners Question Development in Tsunami Zone

This fall a child care center moved into a building in Astoria that Oregon State Police had left because it was in the tsunami inundation zone. This summer, Patrick Corcoran, a coastal hazards specialist with Oregon State University’s Sea Grant …

Surviving an Earthquake Depends on Several Factors

How long can people survive in the rubble of an earthquake? A week or more under the best circumstances, some experts say. That means the trapped victims aren’t seriously injured, they have air to breathe and the weather isn’t too …

Earthquake Researchers Disappointed by California City’s Curb Fix

A faulty curb that perfectly illustrated the seismic forces at work underneath a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood has been fixed, stunning scientists, who say a curbside laboratory for studying earthquakes was destroyed. The Los Angeles Times reports that since …

Earthquake Risk at Utah Fault Studied

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 …

Earthquake Directed its Main Force at Napa

Emerging data on last month’s 6.0 magnitude California earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches (46 …

Quake Brings Halt to Northeastern Ohio Injection Operation

State regulators in Ohio have suspended operations at two deep injection wells for fracking wastewater in northeast Ohio after discovering possible evidence the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake. A spokeswoman said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a chief’s …