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USGS awards $4M in Northwest, California for earthquake early warning systems

SEATTLE — The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4 million to four universities in the Pacific Northwest and California to boost the development of earthquake early warning systems.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Northwest

The big one: Don’t fret; plan

Most of us in the Northwest know we live with the threat of earthquakes, but many of us limit our preparations for disaster by reminding ourselves to buy a case of water the next time we're at Costco.For those who happened upon a New Yorker article that went viral on...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Editorials

What’s ahead for Fukushima nuclear plant?

TOKYO — Four years after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, the road ahead remains riddled with unknowns.The government approved a revised 30-to-40-year roadmap Friday that delays by three years the start of a key initial step...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Business Wire

Death toll rises to 16 from earthquake on Malaysia mountain

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia’s highest peak rose to 16 Monday as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World

Series of quakes strikes off Oregon coast; no tsunamis

SALEM, Ore. — Five earthquakes ranging in magnitude up to 5.9 have struck off the coast of Oregon, but they weren’t strong enough to generate tsunamis, scientists said.The earthquakes were shallow, at 6 miles deep, often a signal of a dangerous quake.

Date: 06/01/2015 | Northwest

Series of earthquakes strike off Oregon coast

SALEM, Ore. — A series of earthquakes have struck off the Oregon coast but scientists say they weren’t strong enough to trigger tsunamis.

Date: 06/01/2015 | Northwest

Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes remote area off Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A strong earthquake struck in a remote region off the Alaska coast, but there was no threat of tsunami or immediate reports of damage, officials said.The magnitude-6.7 quake struck at 11 p.m. Thursday and was centered in the ocean about 35 miles...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Nation & World

Adventure turns into relief effort

Marysville grad was on Nepal trek when earthquake happened

Date: 05/22/2015 | Local News

Hawaii volcano earthquakes could signal new eruption

HONOLULU — A series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea have scientists wondering what will happen next at one of the world’s most active volcanos.

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World

Light quakes felt in Oregon, Washington on Friday

THE DALLES, Ore. — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says two small earthquakes have been recorded in the Northwest, one in northern Oregon and the other in north-central Washington. No damage was reported from either.

Date: 05/16/2015 | Northwest

Seattle friends of 2 missing in Nepal accept the worst

SEATTLE — The yellow ribbons still circle trees and light posts along Madison Street, but the hope they symbolize is gone. The families of two 19-year-olds missing in Nepal say they now believe the longtime friends died in the devastating April 25 earthquake.

Date: 05/16/2015 | Northwest

No survivors in Marine chopper crash in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared this week during a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World

NRC: Earthquake risk at nuke plants needs research

LOS ANGELES — Federal regulators Wednesday directed nuclear power plants in California and Washington to conduct in-depth research into earthquake risks by June 2017, part of a broad review of seismic threats following Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster.

Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest

Another major earthquake shakes Nepal, killing dozens

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 37 people while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World

New 7.3 magnitude quake hits Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A major earthquake hit Nepal in a remote region near the Chinese border on Tuesday, killing at least four people less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by another deadly quake.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World

Families cling to hope for two Seattle teens missing after Nepal earthquake

SEATTLE — First came an urgent message on the neighborhood social networking site, five days after a devastating earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands:“Tie a yellow ribbon for Sydney. Tomorrow at 1 p.m ...Community effort, all welcome!”

Date: 05/10/2015 | Northwest

Families of Seattle teens missing in Nepal hold vigil

SEATTLE — The families of two Seattle teens missing since the Nepal earthquake planned to hold a candlelight vigil on Friday.Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher, both 19, were trekking in the Lahbtang Valley in Nepal when the deadly earthquake struck on April 25.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Northwest

Small earthquake rattles Bryant area

BRYANT — A relatively small magnitude 3.7 earthquake shook the ground north of Seattle early Thursday.The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake at 1:42 a.m. was about 8 miles northeast of Bryant.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Local News

Gold Bar man recalls the day the earth shook

In 1949, Don Bearwood was 21 and already a Navy veteran. He worked as a draftsman at Seattle Lighting in the city’s Pioneer Square area. One spring day, the place started shaking.

Date: 05/03/2015 | Local News

Nearly a week after quake, Nepal still needs tents, food; death toll at more than 6,600

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s government renewed its appeal to international donors to send tents, tarpaulins and basic food supplies in the wake of last weekend’s devastating earthquake, saying some of the items being sent are of little use.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Nation & World

Cheers ring out as teen rescued from Nepal rubble after 5 days

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A long-absent noise — cheers — rang out in Nepal’s capital Thursday as rescuers pulled a teenager alive from the earthquake rubble he had been trapped in for five days. The joy interrupted a dreary and still fearful day in which thousands worried about aftershocks lined up to...

Date: 04/30/2015 | Nation & World

China suspends climbing on north side of Everest

SEATTLE — Hundreds of climbers and Sherpas who were attempting to climb Mount Everest from the north side when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the region are packing their gear and heading out after expedition leaders said Chinese authorities closed all climbing in Tibet for the...

Date: 04/29/2015 | Northwest

‘We are hungry:’ Aid reaches epicenter, Nepal toll tops 5,000

GUMDA, Nepal — Hands pressed together in supplication, the Nepalese women pleaded for food, shelter and anything else the helicopter might have brought on an in-and-out run Wednesday to this smashed mountain village near the epicenter of last weekend’s mammoth earthquake that killed more than 5,000...

Date: 04/29/2015 | Nation & World

In Nepal, a vow to rise from the ashes

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The rescue chopper had been delayed more than two hours by weather, and when it landed doctors were quick to pull out an elderly woman, her face caked with blood, who looked at them and said, “Where have I come?”

Date: 04/29/2015 | Nation & World

Nepal’s other disaster: Its politics

Even in the aftermath of Nepal’s devastating earthquake, which killed thousands and displaced countless more, it has been difficult to come to grips with the scale of the calamity. Days after the quake rocked the capital, Kathmandu, destroying irreplaceable heritage sites, rescuers and response...

Date: 04/28/2015 | Nation & World

Rescuers struggle to recover the dead in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — For hours after Nepal was shaken by one of the most intense earthquakes here in nearly a century, 12-year-old Neha Chumda screamed for help.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World

Families hope for Nepal news of 2 Seattle teens

SEATTLE — Relatives say two 19-year-old Seattle women are among those unaccounted for after the deadly earthquake in Nepal.KOMO-TV reported that family members say Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher were trekking in the Langtang Valley when the magnitude 7.8 quake hit last Saturday.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Northwest

How to help Nepal’s earthquake victims

Nepal was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake Saturday, leaving thousands dead. Although rescue efforts are underway, aftershocks and cold weather have made attempts to help victims difficult.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World

Quake-aid need acute in Nepal as death toll passes 4,000

KATHMANDU, Nepal — As the death toll from Nepal’s devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World

When bones are set and bleeding stops, earthquake victims face ‘crush syndrome’

After rescue workers are finally able to reach the victims of the Nepal earthquake and address their injuries, health-care workers will be watching carefully for two conditions that crop up later: “crush syndrome” and “compartment syndrome.”

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World

Death toll in Nepal quake rises to more than 3,300

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake soared past 3,300 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Nation & World

Global response to Nepal quake gears up

LONDON — There is still time to save lives — that's why governments and aid agencies Sunday rushed doctors, volunteers and equipment to Nepal without waiting for the dust to settle.U.N. spokeswoman Orla Fagan, who is heading to Nepal, said preventing the spread...

Date: 04/26/2015 | Nation & World

Helicopter needed to get Washington Everest teams; 1 medic dies

SEATTLE — Climbing teams stuck on Mount Everest need a helicopter to bring them off the mountain after following a massive Earthquake in Nepal and a subsequent avalanche on the mountain, Seattle mountaineering companies said.

Date: 04/25/2015 | Northwest

Nepal quake death toll passes 1,865

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Tens of thousands of Nepalese who spent the night under a chilly sky were jolted awake by strong aftershocks Sunday, and rescuers aided by international teams cleared rubble in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 1,865 people across...

Date: 04/25/2015 | Nation & World

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits off B.C. coast; no injuries

QUEEN CHARLOTTE CITY, British Columbia — A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck British Columbia’s north coast Friday. No damage or injuries have been reported.The quake struck at roughly 7 a.m. Friday about 130 miles southeast of the village of Queen Charlotte.

Date: 04/24/2015 | Northwest

3 Idaho quakes rattle residents from Washington to Montana

BOISE, Idaho — Three earthquakes up to magnitude-4.2 and nearly a half-dozen aftershocks jolted northern Idaho, with residents from Washington state to Montana saying they felt the tremors.

Date: 04/24/2015 | Northwest

Drilling sets off man-made earthquakes

LOS ANGELES — More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found.The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including...

Date: 04/24/2015 | Business Wire

143 million in U.S. live in quake-prone areas

LOS ANGELES — More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.That's because more people have moved into the quake-prone West Coast and some quake zones were recently expanded, according to researchers from the...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World

Tsunami warning lifted after quake hits south of Japan

TOKYO — School children were evacuated to higher ground on some islands and buildings swayed in Taipei after a strong earthquake struck Monday in seas east of Taiwan and south of Okinawa.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Nation & World

Cellphones could help warn of earthquakes

Your smartphone is a camera, a calculator, a flashlight and a pedometer. Scientists believe it could be part of an earthquake early-warning system, too.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World

Magnitude 2.4 quake north of Friday Harbor

FRIDAY HARBOR — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says a magnitude 2.4 earthquake was recorded late Tuesday afternoon about eight miles north of Friday Harbor, a community in Washington’s San Juan Islands.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Northwest

Small earthquake reported near Darrington

DARRINGTON — A 2.6-magnitude earthquake was reported near here Saturday evening.The earthquake was recorded at 6:19 p.m. about 12 miles west-northwest of Darrington, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Local News

Small quake recorded southwest of Bremerton

BREMERTON — The U.S. Geological Survey says a small, magnitude 2.6 earthquake was recorded about 14 miles south-southwest of Bremerton.The quake occurred about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and was centered two miles north of Key Center.

Date: 04/01/2015 | Northwest

Eruptions, quakes, cyclones: Vanuatu man survives them all

EFATE, Vanuatu — Volcanic eruptions, landslides, earthquakes and cyclones: 76-year-old Lik Simelum from Vanuatu has survived them all.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

Debris still washing up 4 years after Japan tsunami

PORTLAND, Ore. — Four years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, debris is still washing ashore in Oregon and southwest Washington. Scientists predict it will continue to arrive for at least the next three years.

Date: 03/17/2015 | Northwest

On Nisqually earthquake anniversary, people urged to be prepared

SEATTLE — Emergency managers in Grays Harbor County are using Saturday’s anniversary of the Nisqually Earthquake to remind people to be prepared for future quakes.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Northwest

Small 2.4 quake near Bremerton

SEATTLE — A small 2.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 12:16 a.m. Monday in the Bremerton area.The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the quake was centered 14 miles southwest of Bremerton and 20 miles northwest of Tacoma.

Date: 02/23/2015 | Northwest

Magnitude-4.3 earthquake jolts central Washington

ELLENSBURG — A magnitude-4.3 earthquake rumbled under the Cascade Range early Wednesday, but no damage has been reported.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Northwest

Robot will probe melted Fukushima reactor

HITACHI, Japan — A snake-like robot designed to examine the inside of one of three melted reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is ready to begin its expedition.Assessing the damage inside the reactors is a crucial step in the decommissioning of the plant,...

Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World

Seismologists detect record number of Alaska quakes in 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska experienced a busy year underground in 2014, according to experts who record the state’s earthquakes.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Northwest

Small quake off coast near Forks; no damage

FORKS — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says a small earthquake hit off the Washington coast on Saturday morning.The 3.1 magnitude quake was centered about 19 miles offshore west of Forks.The Washington state Emergency Management agency said no damage has been reported or is expected.

Date: 01/10/2015 | Northwest

Small quake in central Washington; no damage

ENTIAT — The Washington state Emergency Management agency says no damage has been reported from a small quake that hit central Washington near Entiat on Monday afternoon.

Date: 12/29/2014 | Northwest

Scientists try to decipher Idaho earthquake swarms

BOISE, Idaho — The latest earthquake swarm in central Idaho could help scientists better understand quake belts extending from Yellowstone National Park.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Northwest

Planners call for Oregon Capitol seismic upgrade

SALEM, Ore. — Plans being worked up in Salem call for Oregon’s state Capitol to float if an earthquake occurs.The hope is that after workers place dozens of “base isolators” underneath the main building, it will move up to 4 feet with an earthquake rather than be torn apart.

Date: 12/08/2014 | Northwest

California to expand earthquake alert system

Officials are planning the first major rollout of California's earthquake early warning system next year, providing access to some schools, fire stations and more private companies.The plan shows the progress scientists have made in building the system, which can give as...

Date: 11/26/2014 | Nation & World

No damage, but quake widely felt in SE Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An earthquake was felt widely in southeast Alaska on Wednesday morning, but officials say there were no immediate reports of damage.

Date: 11/05/2014 | Northwest

Generator provides power when you need it

As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones.Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. But the idea of buying and installing one...

Date: 10/23/2014 | Home and Garden

Statewide earthquake drill to test our readiness for when Big One hits

Tectonic plates move slow and seemingly without consequence. When they slip, which is often, the seismic events are rarely felt. When the shift releases a lot of energy, as in 2001's Nisqually quake, it can be destructive and deadly."It's not a matter of if, but a...

Date: 10/16/2014 | Local News

Small earthquake rattles southern Puget Sound area

OLYMPIA — A small earthquake rattled the southern Puget Sound area, but there were no reports of damage or injury.The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.5 temblor struck shortly before midnight Saturday and was centered about 8 miles northeast of Olympia.

Date: 10/12/2014 | Northwest

Strong earthquake rattles Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A powerful earthquake shook a large swath of Alaska on Thursday morning, knocking things off shelves and causing people to take cover but bringing no immediate reports of major damage.

Date: 09/25/2014 | Northwest

4.0 quake rattles Puget Sound region

SEATTLE — A 4.0 magnitude earthquake rattled the Puget Sound early Wednesday.The earthquake was centered near the town of Seabeck in Kitsap County, about 40 miles west of Seattle. The shaking was felt as far away as Everett, Olympia and downtown Seattle.

Date: 09/17/2014 | Northwest

Volunteers reflect on lessons to and from young Haitians

EVERETT — With skills came confidence.The ability to set a broken bone. How to use a fire extinguisher. The way to staunch the flow of blood from a wound.Eight volunteers from Everett spent nine days in Haiti in May teaching first-aid and disaster response...

Date: 08/27/2014 | Local News

California quake warning system not in Washington

SEATTLE — A lab in California heard an alert seconds before the Napa earthquake reached it. That technology is not yet available in Washington state.

Date: 08/26/2014 | Northwest

Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

NAPA, Calif. — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands in California’s wine country on Sunday.

Date: 08/24/2014 | Nation & World

2 die as agnitude-5.1 quake rattles Ecuador’s capital

QUITO, Ecuador — A magnitude-5.1 earthquake shook Ecuador’s capital and surrounding areas Tuesday, causing tall buildings to sway and sending some people rushing into the streets. The government said two people were confirmed dead and eight injured outside Quito.

Date: 08/12/2014 | Nation & World

Strong quake kills 367 in southern China

BEIJING — A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,800.

Date: 08/03/2014 | Nation & World

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