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  • Deadly but little-known: Why scientists are so afraid of the San Jacinto fault

    Deadly but little-known: Why scientists are so afraid of the San Jacinto fault

    The 5.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the desert southeast of Los Angeles on Friday was centered along the San Jacinto fault, which is one of the region’s most active and potentially dangerous fault lines.  The fault runs through populated areas such as San Bernardino, Colton, Moreno Valley, Redlands,...

  • Earthquake: Magnitude 3.6 quake strikes near Boulder Creek, Calif.

    Earthquake: Magnitude 3.6 quake strikes near Boulder Creek, Calif.

    A shallow magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Saturday morning six miles from Boulder Creek, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:04 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 6.8 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was six miles from Saratoga, nine miles from...

  • What are the odds of dying in an earthquake?

    What are the odds of dying in an earthquake?

    It's easy to be anxious about an earthquake. A leading seismic expert recently warned that Southern California's section of the San Andreas fault is "locked, loaded and ready to roll." But experts also say it's important to keep perspective: The chances of dying in a large temblor are actually...

  • Earthquake: Magnitude 3.0 quake strikes near Gilroy, Calif.

    Earthquake: Magnitude 3.0 quake strikes near Gilroy, Calif.

    A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon four miles east northeast of Gilroy, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:39 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.0 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 11 miles southeast of Morgan...

  • Watch what 'The Big One' on the San Andreas fault would feel like

    Watch what 'The Big One' on the San Andreas fault would feel like

    A top seismology expert this week reminded Southern California that a major earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault is long overdue. But exactly what kind of quake, of course, is impossible to know. Speaking at an earthquake conference this week in Long Beach, Thomas Jordan, director of the...

  • L.A. City Council celebrates the earthquake lady on 'Dr. Lucy Jones Day'

    L.A. City Council celebrates the earthquake lady on 'Dr. Lucy Jones Day'

    Happy Lucy Jones Day! In recognition of her last day at the U.S. Geological Survey, the Los Angeles City Council is honoring the "earthquake lady" for a lifetime of service devoted to Southern California and earthquake preparedness. USGS Director Suzette Kimball and Deputy Director David Applegate...

  • Lucy Jones is leaving her job - to shake up more than just earthquakes

    Lucy Jones is leaving her job - to shake up more than just earthquakes

    The questions were coming fast and frantic: How strong was the earthquake? Was it on the San Andreas? Is the Big One coming? A massive temblor had struck near Joshua Tree shortly before 10 p.m., causing buildings to sway all the way to Las Vegas. As the public braced for more shaking, the media...

  • Two active Southern California faults may cause a Big One by rupturing together

    Two active Southern California faults may cause a Big One by rupturing together

    Two of Southern California's most active faults could rupture together in a magnitude-7.5 earthquake, according to a new study, raising a grim seismic scenario for communities east of Los Angeles. The study established how a major earthquake could begin on the San Jacinto fault and continue on...

  • Earthquake: Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Ojai

    Earthquake: Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Ojai

    A shallow magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck the Ojai Valley early Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:42 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 11 miles east of Ojai, 12 miles north of Santa Paula and 19 miles northeast...

  • Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes east of Alpine in eastern San Diego County

    Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes east of Alpine in eastern San Diego County

    A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning 29 miles from Alpine, in eastern San Diego County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 7:49 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 2.5 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 31 miles from Tecate, Mexico,...

  • Earthquake: Magnitude 3.2 quake strikes near El Centro

    Earthquake: Magnitude 3.2 quake strikes near El Centro

    A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Saturday morning along the U.S.-Mexico border near El Centro, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:45 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 6.2 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 12 miles from El Centro, 13 miles...

  • Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near Death Valley National Park

    A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon 32 miles from Searles Valley, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 1:42 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles. See more of our top stories on Facebook >> According to the USGS, the epicenter...

  • Earthquake: Magnitude 3.4 quake strikes near Ferndale, Calif.

    Earthquake: Magnitude 3.4 quake strikes near Ferndale, Calif.

    A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Saturday morning near Ferndale on California's northern Pacific Coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:51 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 10.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was four miles from Ferndale,...

  • Magnitude 4.8 earthquake rattles businesses and residents near Big Pine

    Magnitude 4.8 earthquake rattles businesses and residents near Big Pine

    A magnitude 4.8 earthquake six miles from Big Pine on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada knocked items off store shelves and rattled residents but produced little to no damage Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The temblor occurred at 3:04 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 9.3 miles, according...

  • Scientists develop new app that uses your cellphone to detect earthquakes

    Scientists develop new app that uses your cellphone to detect earthquakes

    When the earth shakes in California, the first place you are likely to hear about it is on social media. "Earthquake!" "Did you feel that?" "How big?" are common messages on Twitter and Facebook as Californians try to share information on their mobile phones in real time. Now, UC Berkeley scientists...

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