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Moon Phases Affect Earthquakes, Study Says

What causes earthquakes? Seismologists and other scientists have been trying to understand the geological phenomenon for centuries in a bid to come up with some sort of an effective early warning system that could save many lives. And while our understanding of earthquakes is still relatively poor, a new study links the intensity of quakes to… Continue reading Moon Phases Affect Earthquakes, Study Says

Video: Avalanche strikes Everest base camp as earthquake hits Nepal

Clouds of snow and ice roar down Mount Everest.  Watch the stunning video below. (YouTube / Jost Kobusch)
Clouds of snow and ice roar down Mount Everest. Watch the stunning video below. (YouTube / Jost Kobusch)

As the death toll from Saturday’s massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal continues to climb, a stunning video has emerged showing an avalanche striking the Mount Everest base camp.

The video, taken by German climber Jost Kobusch, was discovered on YouTube yesterday.

In it, climbers preparing for their ascent of the world’s highest peak first get a sense something is amiss when the ground starts rumbling.  Soon, a massive wall of snow is seen coming down the mountain and engulfing the videographer.

While Kobusch survived, at least 18 other climbers on the mountain died.  Overall the death toll from the earthquake has reached nearly 3,800, most of whom perished in Nepal.

On the mountain, the Khumbu Icefall, the primary way up the mountain, has been blocked.  Hundreds of climbers and their Sherpa’s were trapped at the higher camps and are now being evacuated by helicopter.

Watch the stunning video below.  Adult language warning.

Video: Los Angeles news anchors scramble under desk during earthquake

Location map of the epicenter of the magnitude 4.4 St. Patrick's Day earthquake in Los Angeles.A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck the Los Angeles area Monday morning in the pre-dawn hours. While a relatively minor quake, it was strong enough to rattling residents and send morning TV news anchors under their desks.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS) the quake was centered 6 miles west of Beverly Hills and at a depth of 5.3 miles. Occurring at 6:25 a.m. local time, a light aftershock of magnitude 2.7 was recorded at 7:23 a.m.

Residents stretching from Mission Viejo to the south and Oxnard to the north reported feeling the initial temblor. Beyond waking residents that were still sleeping and grabbing the attention of those already awake, initial reports indicate no significant damage.

Television stations were in the middle of their morning broadcasts when the quake hit.

KTLA news anchors Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson reacted quickly announcing that they were feeling the quake. The two acted appropriately and dived under their anchor desks for the short duration of the quake.

Video from the station shows the overhead lights shaking and Henderson noting that dust or ceiling material was falling down.

ThorntonWeather.com unveils revamped earthquake pages

Earthquakes occur every year in Colorado and of course daily across the globe.  Our new earthquake pages help you keep an eye on the temblors.
Earthquakes occur every year in Colorado and of course daily across the globe. Our new earthquake pages help you keep an eye on the temblors.

While Colorado isn’t often considered a prime location for earthquakes, temblors can and do occur in the state every year.  Many are in less populous locations but can be damaging.  Our revamped earthquake page(s) help you keep tabs on the rumbling earth.

We revamped our main earthquake page to now include an interactive Google map and realtime list of quakes.  This shows quakes of magnitude 2.0 or greater over the past 7 days within a 500 mile radius of Thornton as reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Other locations on the globe are certainly more prone to devastating quakes.  To help view these events which occur with startling frequency, we created a global earthquake page.  This shows all magnitude 4.0 temblors within the past 7 days.

Both of these pages are available via the links below or in the almanac menu to the left.

While normally not particularly active, there are approximately 100 potentially active faults in Colorado and more than 400 temblors of magnitude 2.5 have occurred in the state since 1870. The state’s largest quake occurred on November 7, 1882 along the northern Front Range and measured 6.6 on the Richter Scale.

According to the Colorado Division of Emergency Management, the costliest quake was a 5.5 magnitude temblor that occurred on August 9, 1967 and was centered near Commerce City. The quake caused more than $1 million worth of damage and is thought to have been caused by the injection of liquid waste into the earth at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

Longtime Denver area residents well remember the shaking that occurred with regularity from the mid-60s through the early 80s due to the activity at the Arsenal.