The USGS Now Uses Your Panicked Tweets to Help Track Earthquakes

People who live in seismically active areas are so good about posting earthquake tweets that you may even be warned of a quake via Twitter before the shaking actually starts at your house. Now two USGS employees have found that Twitter is also an accurate reporting tool when it comes to earthquake detection. »10/08/15 8:00pmThursday 8:00pm

How To Survive The Cascadia Tsunami

“Thirteen thousand people will die in the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami,” reads Kathryn Schulz’s now-infamous New Yorker article. “Everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Turns out a very similar event occurred in Chile 55 years ago. What wisdom can its survivors share with residents of the Northwest? »7/31/15 12:59pm7/31/15 12:59pm

The Himalayas Dropped 3 Feet After the Nepal Earthquake

The earthquake in Nepal was so violent it moved mountains. Satellite imagery shows that the parts of the Himalayas sank three feet—and the area around it as much as five feet—as tectonic plates snapped under extreme pressure. But the mountains will regain their height, slowly but surely, thanks to the geologic forces… »5/13/15 7:00pm5/13/15 7:00pm

Short documentary: What it's like to be in Nepal after the earthquake

Another massive earthquake hit Nepal today, this time the epicenter was near Mount Everest. It’s so sad because the people of Nepal are still recovering from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake just two weeks ago that had killed thousands and wrecked Nepal to an unimaginable degree. Samaritan’s Purse filmed this short to… »5/13/15 1:02am5/13/15 1:02am

NASA's Radar Found 4 Men Trapped in Rubble in Nepal By Their Heartbeats

A couple years ago, NASA and DHS unveiled a portable radar unit based on technology used to monitor spacecraft. This radar unit, though, would be used closer to home—to find people burried under rubble. In the first real-world demonstration of its use, the device helped save 4 men trapped under earthquake rubble in… »5/06/15 11:35am5/06/15 11:35am

Last Week, I Was Paragliding; Now I'm Delivering Aid In Nepal


I am OK, but Nepal is not. The part of the country that got hit the hardest is the remote Gorkha district. Many small towns and villages are still not included in any government search and rescue effort. This is one of many stories from the area: One day, six volunteers and two villages. »5/01/15 2:45pm5/01/15 2:45pm

Photos from the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal

Tragedy struck the world when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal earlier this morning. Over a 1000 people have died in the disaster that turned buildings into rubble and leveled the city’s 200-foot tall Dharahara Tower to the ground. The quake was so strong it caused an avalanche on Mount Everest and was… »4/27/15 7:40am4/27/15 7:40am

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 8:15pm11/10/14 8:15pm