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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 10:34am 7/24/15 10:34am

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… » 7/14/15 2:00am 7/14/15 2:00am

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 8:01am 5/29/15 8:01am

The Most Terrifying Natural Disasters Ever Captured On Video

When the destructive forces of nature are unleashed, the results can be horrifying. The world turns violent and unstable, with huge loss of life and massive devastation. It's rare to be able to capture these disturbing events when they occur, but some videographers have managed it. Here are some hair-raising videos of… » 4/10/15 3:00pm 4/10/15 3:00pm

San Francisco Is Harnessing Public Pressure to Increase Seismic Safety

The most important thing a city can do to reduce its earthquake risk is to ensure its buildings meet a strong seismic code. San Francisco is rolling out new safety laws about soft story collapse, but not everyone is complying. In response, they're harnessing public pressure to help with enforcement. » 10/10/14 6:23pm 10/10/14 6:23pm

You Can't Blame Fracking for Every Natural Disaster

I'm seeing a lot of stories about the link between injection wells and induced earthquakes in Oklahoma, but most of them make the same error. This study had nothing to do with fracking. The injection wells in Oklahoma causing the swarms of small-magnitude earthquakes are actually used for getting rid of wastewater. » 7/08/14 11:45am 7/08/14 11:45am