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The entrance to the closed China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station on July 6, 2019.

The earthquakes in southern California were centered near a naval station contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’

The station's groundwater was recently found to contain elevated levels of PFAS, which have been associated with cancer.
A man looks into a fissure that opened in the desert during a powerful earthquake that struck Southern California, near the city of Ridgecrest, California, U.S., July 4, 2019.

California has had 3,000 earthquakes in the last week, but none was the big one that experts say is ‘overdue’

The earthquakes shaking California have been severe, but they're not the potential 'big one' that experts worry is coming on the San Andreas fault.
Soft-story buildings, like this one in Oakland, include unobstructed spaces like parking garages or storefronts.

A critical ‘base isolation’ system could keep California buildings from crumbling during an earthquake, but few structures have it

Base isolation could help mitigate a major disaster, but property owners must be willing to pay an additional upfront cost.

Watch the moment these guests on a YouTube talk show realize they’re sitting through one of the California earthquakes

YouTube personality John Campea was recording a segment his daily talk show when one of the California earthquakes occurred Thursday.
A man looks into a fissure that opened in the desert during a powerful earthquake that struck Southern California, near the city of Ridgecrest, California, U.S., July 4, 2019.

California’s governor is asking Trump for emergency assistance after major earthquakes rattled the state 2 days in a row

California Governor Gavin Newsom requested that President Trump issue an emergency declaration granting FEMA assistance after two major earthquakes.
A house burns after an earthquake in Ridgecrest, California

There’s a 96% chance that up to 8 more earthquakes could shake Southern California, officials warn, after two major incidents

The aftershock forecast for Southern California shows a high likelihood of earthquakes with the ability to do damage in the coming week.
A map that shows perceived shaking from an earthquake in southern California on July 4, 2019..

Incredible videos show California’s biggest earthquake in 20 years rippling across North America

Hundreds of seismometers recorded California's magnitude 6.4 earthquake. Animations created from the data show how its energy moved across America.
A man looks into a fissure that opened in the desert during a powerful earthquake that struck southern California near the city of Ridgecrest, July 4, 2019.

Southern California just experienced its biggest earthquake in 20 years. The shaking may not be over yet, experts warn.

On July Fourth, southern California experienced a magnitude 6.4 quake — one of the largest temblors since 1989. Here's why there may be more coming.

Apple’s $5 billion ‘spaceship’ campus isn’t attached to the planet, which helps it withstand major disasters like earthquakes

Apple's brand-new campus is built to withstand a major earthquake, and it accomplishes that by being detached from the surface of the planet.
In 2014, a magnitude 6 earthquake struck Napa, California, causing $1 billion in damages.

California is having an unprecedented earthquake drought. The next big one could come at any moment.

California hasn't experienced a major, ground-rupturing earthquake since 1918. Scientists say this seismological hiatus could end at any moment.