It Took 2.1 Years For Fukushima's Radioactive Plume to Reach Us

Cesium 134 and cesium 137: The two isotopes that were released into the Pacific Ocean when an earthquake ruined the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the eastern coast of Japan in 2011. The panic over the leakage was instantaneous in the US—but a new study shows how long it really took. » 1/01/15 5:00pm 1/01/15 5:00pm

Manslaughter Conviction for Italian Earthquake Scientists Overturned

In 2012, the Italian courts handed down a decision that you could say sent shockwaves across the world. Seven Italian scientists were sentenced to six years in prison. Their crime? Failing to warn the public about earthquake risks right before a magnitude 6.3 quake killed 309 people. Today, six of those convictions… » 11/10/14 8:15pm 11/10/14 8:15pm

Oh Great, Now the Drought Could Be Causing Earthquakes in California

As if the drought couldn't get any worse, geologists now think that changes in groundwater could be destabilizing the infamous San Andreas Fault. The new research presents what one may call, as the SF Public Press put it, "a grand unified theory of California problems: drought, water use, and earthquake risk."… » 5/15/14 2:40pm 5/15/14 2:40pm

Popular Mechanics QuakeTracker: Tectonic Tracker

I've lived in California all my life. While I shrug off any earthqaukes below a 5.0, I know that the "Big One" is coming. That's what they've been telling me all my life. The "Big One" is coming and we're all doomed. To feed my paranoia of falling into the Pacific Ocean, Popular Mechanics has an app to track… » 1/02/12 6:00pm 1/02/12 6:00pm