Thankfully the residents evacuated beforehand, but over 15,000 are now left homeless.
Should one slip, it could trigger the other fault to collapse as well, causing an earthquake even larger than the one that struck back in 1989.
A series of quakes under the Salton Sea may be a signal that the San Andreas Fault is on the verge of buckling.
While Mercury’s has no plate tectonics in the terrestrial sense, crustal shrinking still qualifies as tectonic activity. It could even trigger Mercury-quakes.
Research suggests it might be more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) deep.
Day After Tomorrow, anyone?
Scientists have been studying the particular conditions that brought the iconic cliffs into existence.
A sweeping new analysis looks at Earth's past wide-scale dieoffs to guess at what we humans have in store.
Attention, moon-fearing humans: your long-held suspicion that the full moon can interfere with life on Earth seems to have a scientific basis after all.
The unusually strong quake will likely draw further scrutiny to the practice of disposing oil and gas field wastewater deep underground.
For the record, planet Earth is still in the Holocene.
A story hundreds of millions of years in the making.
It seems the poor thing can’t stop punching itself.
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If sending your kids to live on extraterrestrial Chernobyl sounds unappealing, good news. There may be a more pacifistic way to warm up Mars.