The L.A. area offices of the U.S. Geological Survey, the primary folks responsible for earthquake information in Southern California, have cleared out. Literally. The federal government's shutdown has forced the workers to head home, a USGS representative who did not want to be named told us. Eve ... More >>
An underground thunderstorm of seismic activity, officially called a "seismic swarm," hit a farm town called Brawley in the Imperial Valley yesterday -- gearing up around sunrise with some magnitude 2s and 3s, peaking with a magnitude 5.3 and 5.5 just after noon, and rolling into Monday morning with ... More >>
UPDATE: Shaky days here in L.A. Another 4.5 quake hit at 9:33 a.m., centered near the same place as last night's quake. See more at the bottom. First posted at 11:37 p.m. Tuesday See also: *8.6 Quake Possible in Southern California? A little baby earthquake jolted parts of Southern California toni ... More >>
If the Big One hits, we're f---'d. You're saying, Yeah-yeah, tell me something I don't know. But here's the thing: Experts say our only hope of getting power back 72 hours after a huge earthquake in Southern California is the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As you might have heard, the San O ... More >>
The people who run Beverly Hills High School really, really, really don't want a subway rumbling underneath their fine, telegenic campus. And so, less than a week after the Metro board approved a leg that would run under the iconic 90210 institution, the Beverly Hills School District has filed suit ... More >>
What if we were to tell you that L.A. has an earthquake warning system that pretty much works, but that only a few folks will get the precious alerts? It's true. The U.S. Geological Survey's prototype "Shake Alert" system has been running since January. It can theoretically warn you as much as 90 ... More >>
Did Metro rig a Century City fault study to move the Purple Line?
Who dies in Los Angeles, and why, when the earth quakes on the San Andreas Fault?
The redder, the more potential damage inflicted by Big One. Good luck, L.A.The 'Big One" -- you know, the One you can't seem to push from your mind during rooftop parties atop decrepid downtown buildings, especially each time a semi rolls by -- is coming. Dramatic, yes, and over-exploited by ... More >>
Venice311"Massive crowd at pier. Surfers and boats in water. LAPD copter telling people to move to no avail."Hordes of curious rubberneckers rushed the Southern California coast this morning after 8 a.m. to witness their very own close-to-home aftermath of the 8.9 Japan catastrophe. (And what ... More >>
Quakes, asteroids, mass extinction — when the end comes, will it come from below, above or within?
Dr. Kate Hutton
On The Science, Pseudoscience and Lunatic Logic of Earthquake Prediction