earthquakes

Green Groups Blast ‘Dangerous and Dumb’ $1.4 Billion Bailout of California Nuclear Plant

Green Groups Blast ‘Dangerous and Dumb’ $1.4 Billion Bailout of California Nuclear Plant

By Brett Wilkins Green groups on Thursday led condemnation of a vote by California lawmakers to keep the state’s last remaining nuclear power plant open for five more years, in part by lending its operator, the criminal corporation PG&E, $1.4 billion. In a late-night, last-minute 67-3 vote Wednesday at the close of the legislative session, California Assembly members […]

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    Whale Song Can Help Scientists Image the Ocean Floor

    Whale Song Can Help Scientists Image the Ocean Floor

    A study published in Science on Thursday found that it’s possible to use fin whale song for imaging the structure of the Earth’s crust beneath the ocean floor. In order to create ocean floor images, scientists typically need to use air guns that shoot sound beneath the waves. The sound waves travel through the crust […]

    The Atlantic Ocean Is Getting Wider, Scientists Think They Know Why

    The Atlantic Ocean Is Getting Wider, Scientists Think They Know Why

    The Atlantic Ocean is getting wider and, after a uniquely ambitious expedition, scientists finally think they know why. The reason? An upwelling of matter from much deeper below Earth’s crust than is usually observed. “This was completely unexpected,” Dr. Kate Rychert from the University of Southampton said in a press release. “It has broad implications […]

    Indonesia Earthquake Kills Dozens and Destroys Hospital

    Indonesia Earthquake Kills Dozens and Destroys Hospital

    At least 42 people are confirmed dead and more than 600 injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi early Friday morning. The earthquake and subsequent aftershocks also damaged more than 300 homes and two hotels, and destroyed a hospital and the regional governor’s office, leaving people trapped under rubble and […]

    Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts on the Big Island

    Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts on the Big Island

    Kilauea, a large volcano on the Island of Hawai’i (or Big Island) and one of the most active in the world, erupted Sunday night following a series of earthquakes, CNN reported. The eruption sent lava shooting into the air, along with a huge cloud of ash and steam. Hawaiian officials urged residents to stay indoors […]

    New England Is Rattled by Strongest Earthquake Since 1976

    New England Is Rattled by Strongest Earthquake Since 1976

    The biggest earthquake in decades rattled New England Sunday morning. The 3.6 magnitude quake was epicentered a few miles off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, according to NPR. No injuries were reported, but 21 people in New Bedford had to evacuate their homes because of minor structural damage, NBC10 Boston reported. “I’ve never in […]

    Rare Earthquake Rattles New Jersey

    Rare Earthquake Rattles New Jersey

    A mild but “relatively uncommon” earthquake rattled central New Jersey early Wednesday morning. The 3.1 magnitude quake lasted 13 seconds and was epicentered about a mile and a half from Freehold Township, U.S. Geological Survey scientist Robert Sanders told North Jersey.com. The quake struck around 2 a.m. and was felt throughout central New Jersey and […]

    7.8 Earthquake Strikes off Alaska

    7.8 Earthquake Strikes off Alaska

    Alaskans were rattled by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake Tuesday night that sent people fleeing for higher ground in case of a possible tsunami, before the warning was canceled. The quake struck offshore at 10:12 p.m. local time and was located around 500 miles southwest of Anchorage and around 60 miles southeast of Perryville, Alaska, CBS […]