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Deaths of thousands of seabirds pinned to warming Pacific waters

Last year, tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore onto beaches from California to Alaska. Researchers have pinned down the culprit — warming ocean temperatures that affect the fish the birds eat.

Powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Northern California

A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of northern California on Thursday morning. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.8, hit 100 miles west of Ferndale at 6:50 a.m. local time.

Biggest ever oil accumulation found in west Texas desert

In a new assessment of the Wolfcamp formation, one part of the giant Permian Basin oil field, the U.S. Geological Survey identified the largest continuous oil and gas deposit ever found in the U.S., three times larger than North Dakota's Bakken field.

Strong earthquake shakes buildings across South Asia

Kabul - South-western Asia was hit by a 6,6 magnitude earthquake today that was felt in a number of cities. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Afghanistan, close to its border with Tajikistan, at 10:28 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Researchers: Lakes, rivers flooded with artificial sweeteners

Brantford - Artificial sweeteners are found in many foods and beverages worldwide, but did you know that the fish are drinking them as well? In a 2012 study, Canadian researchers discovered artificial sweeteners could be found in lakes, rivers and oceans worldwide.

New study shows massive earthquake in Bay area 'imminent'

San Francisco - A new study of the San Andreas Fault system has scientists worried that a potentially devastating and deadly earthquake in parts of the Pacific Northwest is imminent.

Was March 18 L.A. earthquake man-made?

When the March 18 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Los Angeles, there were some who immediately wondered if the increase in fracking in the region could have been the cause.

Op-Ed: Yellowstone magma measured at 36,000 atmospheres

Grenoble - An independent ball of magma, pressurized to 36,000 atmospheres, has been identified under Yellowstone. The magma is said to be able to erupt “without any external trigger”.

Strong 5.7 earthquake shakes Northern California

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck Northern California Thursday night with epicenter located 7 miles west northwest of Greenville, according to USGS,

Sad, spectacular time-lapse animation shows human impact on Earth

In only 30 years, great glaciers have retreated and a lake that was once the world’s fourth largest has all but dried up. For the first time ever, the human impact on the face of earth as seen from space is on full view, and it is not a pretty picture.

Op-Ed: Why so many earthquakes in 2012?

Geophysical activities occur as a magnitude-6.8 earthquake strikes northern Myanmar, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake killed about 39 in Guatemala, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck near Vancouver Island, and a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck in Indonesia.

Op-Ed: Geophysical activities foreshadow major earthquakes

Geophysical activities portend greater earthquakes. Recently an eastern Indonesian earthquake struck with the power of a 6.3-magnitude, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off northwest Mexico coast, and 'silent earthquakes' ripple under Cascadia.

Earthquake 7.6 Richter shakes San José, Costa Rica - UPDATE

A strong earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale shook Costa Rican territory this morning at about 08:42 local time. No reports are yet known about casualties or the level of damage.

No tsunami after strong 7.6 earthquake hits Philippines, one dead

Manila - A tsunami warning is in effect following a a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines on Friday. The tsunami warning was issued for nations in the nearest vicinity, including Japan, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Earthquake near Salinas, Ca. (Updated) Special

At 0819 hours this morning an earthquake struck California near Salinas. The area has several fault lines nearby and is on the edge of a tectonic plate.

Earthquake 5.8 Richter shakes southern Costa Rica

Cartago - The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.8 in the Richter scale, placing the epicenter 81 kilometers south of San Jose in the Pacific Ocean.

Fracking for gas leads to earthquakes?

The practice of fracking to make gas and oil wells productive is being put on hold in Ohio after a 4.0 earthquake struck the area near Youngstown on Saturday.

Quake strikes Papua New Guinea

Lae - Yesterday it was Bali at the center of an earthquake, and today an earthquake has struck Papua New Guinea. Details are still sketchy.

Strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocks Chile, no aftershocks

Talca - Intense seismic activity has been reported in the South American nation of Chile. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake was recorded near Talca. No significant injuries, deaths or damages have been reported.

Severe 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocks Japan, no tsunami alert

Tokyo - An intense 7.4-magnitude earthquake has rocked the nation of Japan, specifically in the Bonin Islands. There have been no immediate reports of injuries, deaths or damage. No tsunami alert has yet been issued.

Powerful 7.5-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia, tsunami warning

Bengkulu - A severe 7.5-magnitude earthquake has been reported in the Kepulauan Mentawai region in Indonesia. There have been no immediate reports of any deaths or significant damages. No aftershock has yet to be reported.

Strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico

Sinaloa - A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake has been reported in the Gulf of California in Mexico. There have been no immediate reports that the strong quake has caused damage or injuries.

6.4, 6.1-magnitude earthquakes rock state of Alaska

Anchorage - It has been reported that two earthquakes with a magnitude size of 6.4 and 6.1 have struck the state of Alaska in the Andreanof Islands. There have been no immediate reports of damages or deaths.

Ryukyu Islands in Japan rocked by strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake

Okinawa - A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake has been reported in the Ryukyu Islands in the nation of Japan. There have yet to be any immediate reports of aftershocks or damage. A tsunami advisory was issued for some parts of Japan.

7.2, 6.6-magnitude earthquakes rock Indonesia

Jakarta - The nation of Indonesia has been hit with a strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake. There have been no immediate reports of aftershocks or a tsunami alert. This is the second 6.0+-magnitude earthquake to hit the country in the past 24 hours.

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Fiji, no aftershocks

Suva - Another strong earthquake has been reported in the South Pacific. This time the Fiji region was rocked by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake. There have yet been any immediate reports of a tsunami alert.

Alaska rocked by strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake, 2 aftershocks

Anchorage - It has been reported that a strong 6.3-magnitude rocked the Aleutian Islands in the State of Alaska. Two aftershocks have also been reported with a magnitude size of 3. There haven’t been any immediate reports of significant damages.

Earthquake, aftershock cause minor damages, 3 injuries in Iran

Tehran - A moderate 5.7-magnitude earthquake and an aftershock have caused minor damages throughout the northern region of Iran, which has also been felt in Tehran. At least three injuries have been immediately reported.

Mexico rocked by strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake, no aftershock

Puerto Vallarta - An earthquake has been reported off the coast of Mexico. The temblor was measured at 6.1-magnitude. There have been no immediate reports of injuries, deaths or significant damage.

Ecuador rocked by strong 7.1-magnitude earthquake, minor damages

Ambato - The nation of Ecuador has experienced a severe earthquake measuring at 7.1-magnitude on the Richter scale. There have been reports of minor damages and injuries.
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If this goes on the fritz  so does the world.
If this goes on the fritz, so does the world.
Epicenter of earthquake marked with yellow star.
Epicenter of earthquake marked with yellow star.
A powerful earthquake of 6.6 magnitude has struck parts of Pakistan and the Afghanistan-Tajikistan b...
A powerful earthquake of 6.6 magnitude has struck parts of Pakistan and the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border in the Hindukush region.
A healthy Columbia Glacier in Alaska in 1984.
A healthy Columbia Glacier in Alaska in 1984.
Severe coastal bluff erosion  along the southern end of Ocean Beach  San Francisco  California. This...
Severe coastal bluff erosion, along the southern end of Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California. This storm damage occurred during the 2009-2010 El Niño, which, on average, eroded the shoreline 55 meters that winter.
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USGS map showing faults that span the Pacific–North America plate boundary. The Hayward fault line...
USGS map showing faults that span the Pacific–North America plate boundary. The Hayward fault line can be seen running parallel to its big neighbor, the San Andreas fault line.
Popocatepetl volcano in 2000
Popocatepetl volcano in 2000
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