Little-known fact: The U.S. Geological Survey has an earthquake-warning system called "Shake Alert."
It's in prototype form and would only warn a select few (including the Los Angeles' Emergency Operations Center) a maximum of 90 seconds before a big one sets off sensors. The general public would n ... More >>
Something about "stable" zones of earth that sound so, well, stable.
In fact, earthquake experts once believed that stable segments acted "as barriers to fast-slipping, shake-producing earthquake ruptures."
Now? Not so much: Scientists at Caltech figure that such areas can be sleeping giants that ... 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 >>
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 >>
Do you live in Pasadena, South Pasadena or San Marino? Do you keep your computer on 24/7, against the pleas of Southern California Edison? (Or are you willing to start keeping it on in the name of "crowd-sourced seismology"?)
Then Caltech wants very much to come to your home and install a creepy li ... More >>
The Coachella Valley was once known as a fantastic spot for a getaway from L.A., especially during its high season in winter, when it features almost-certain sunshine and better temperatures.
In recent years, Coachella has become synonymous with just one thing: Coachella. But this year, the music f ... More >>
Just when Southern Californians have begun to pat themselves on the backs for having the Ted Soquiâ€‹world's stiffest earthquake building codes, there now comes news of "supershears." These are not competitors to Supercuts, but a newly discussed type of earthquake known for the incredibly high veloc ... More >>