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 8:00pmYesterday 8:00pm

Being inside a grocery store during an earthquake is like being in a horror movie

Chile was hit with another earthquake—a strong 8.3 this time—that forced a million people to evacuate and killed 11. It wasn’t as bad as the devastating 8.8 quake of 2010 but still, any time the earth is shaking is never a good time to be on the ground. Here’s footage taken of the earthquake inside a grocery store. »9/17/15 9:55pm9/17/15 9:55pm

Earthquake Kits Selling Like Hotcakes After Terrifying New Yorker Story

It’s been more than a week since The New Yorker published a story called The Really Big One, describing how much of the Pacific Northwest will be destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami and scaring the crap out of Americans nationwide. Now, emergency kits are “flying off the shelves.” »7/24/15 9:54am7/24/15 9:54am

There's A Way to Make Big Earthquakes Safer. The US Won't Pay For It.

Everyone’s fretting about a terrifying article on the terrifying Cascadia Subduction Zone, which will almost certainly deliver the deadliest earthquake in US history. That earthquake would almost certainly be made less deadly with an early warning system that’s ready to be implemented—if only the US would decide to… »7/13/15 6:10pm7/13/15 6:10pm

San Andreas Is A Film Where Earthquakes Have A Vendetta Against The Rock

San Andreas is filled with ludicrous, special effects-laden chaos, and it paints its main character’s quest to reunite his family — an all-too-familiar disaster-movie trope — with the broadest possible strokes. But if you can put up with ridiculous science (and cheese), it’s a fun, silly summer movie. »5/29/15 11:20am5/29/15 11:20am

Scientists Are Racing Across Nepal to Gather Fleeting Quake Data

It sounds like a plot to a fast-paced popcorn flick, but right now, U.S. scientists are on a mad dash in Nepal, collecting as much quake data as possible from the country’s scattered ground movement sensors, before the info is completely wiped. These numbers could help seismologists predict when the next big one could… »5/08/15 7:20pm5/08/15 7:20pm

Machines Sensed the Nepal Earthquake from 8,000 Miles Away

When a massive earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, it created seismic waves that traveled around the world in a matter of minutes, propagating swiftly through Earth’s crust and mantle to rattle seismic stations in the US. The Nepal quake was devastating, but the fact that it was felt 8,000 miles away is actually not… »5/04/15 1:15pm5/04/15 1:15pm

Smartphones Could Fill the Gaps In an Earthquake Early Warning Network

An early warning system for earthquakes can’t come soon enough for the US, which is lagging behind other seismically active countries like Mexico and Japan. But for an early warning system to be effective it needs lots of sensors, which can be expensive to install and maintain. A new study says we might not need to… »4/10/15 8:10pm4/10/15 8:10pm