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Puerto Rico Opens Only 20% of Schools Amid Ongoing Quakes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico opened only 20% of its public schools on Tuesday following a strong earthquake that delayed the start of classes by nearly three weeks as fears linger over the safety of students. Only 177 …

Study Finds More Evidence That Energy Waste Wells Cause Quakes

Scientists say they have more evidence that an increase in earthquakes on the Colorado-New Mexico border since 2001 has been caused by wells that inject wastewater from oil and gas production back underground, similar to human-caused quakes in Oklahoma and …

Natural Disasters Highlighted in Indiana State Museum Exhibit

Natural disasters can strike at any time, often without warning, and devastate cities, regions, states and countries. Nature Unleashed, a new exhibit at the Indiana State Museum, aims to help Hoosiers understand why tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions …

Earthquakes Expected to be Focus at National Tornado Summit

Hundreds of top meteorologists and disaster recovery experts will converge on Oklahoma City next week for a national tornado summit, though much of the discussion is expected to focus on temblors, not twisters. The annual three-day conference in the middle …

Researchers Blame Rain for Causing Some Earthquakes

Rainwater may play an important role in the process that triggers earthquakes, according to new research. Researchers from the University of Southampton, GNS Science (New Zealand), the University of Otago, and GFZ Potsdam (Germany), identified the sources and fluxes of …

Despite Fewer Natural Disasters in 2015, Damaging Events Still Significant

A downward trend in U.S. natural hazard events in 2015 resulted in decreased damage and loss totals for the year, according to the latest CoreLogic Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis report. The annual report noted that despite the reduction …

Tsunami Hazard Discovered in Eastern Aleutian Islands Could Affect Hawaii

Geologists in Alaska have found evidence that a 125-mile section of the eastern Aleutian Islands that was once considered unlikely to generate earthquakes may be a future source of temblors – as well as potentially devastating tsunamis that could hit …

Oklahoma Coalition Demands Well Moratorium in Quake Areas

A coalition of environmental and grassroots organizations is calling for a moratorium on the use of wastewater disposal wells by the oil and natural gas industry in areas where they may trigger earthquakes. Members of the coalition traveled to the …

Oklahoma Orders Shut Down of Injection Well After Quakes

A SandRidge Energy injection well has been ordered shut down because of numerous earthquakes near the well in north-central Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission issued the order after a 4.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the area. The well is …

Kansas Geologists Look for Earthquake and Fracking Correlation

For at the last 15 months, Kansas geologist Rex Buchanan estimates, he’s spent 90 percent of his time studying something once relatively rare in the state – earthquakes. He has learned a lot, said the director of the Kansas Geological …