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If you wake up early this coming Saturday and look to the north, or the south - depending where you on are on the Central Coast - you may see history in the making. 

Swarm of earthquakes shake California's eastern Sierra

Feb 16, 2016

A moderate earthquake hit along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Tuesday afternoon with the cities of Bishop and Big Pine along Highway 395 feeling the biggest jolt. 

Video still from British Pathé

When a major earthquake struck Santa Barbara at dawn 90 years ago, on June 29, 1925, the shaking lasted less than 20 seconds. But, the disaster would go on to forever change the look and feel of the California city that’s come to be known as “The American Riviera.”

UCSB Current

The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in late April is unifying a small group of UC Santa Barbara students.  

These students are doing what they can to help family and friends who are half-a-world away.

Pawana Shrestha is working towards her Ph.D in electrical engineering at UCSB.

She said that before the quake hit, she only knew one other Nepalese student at the university. Now she and three others are working to raise money for infrastructure, food and water.


A Santa Barbara-based group recently sent a water purification system to Nepal that can provide enough clean water daily for 25-thousand people.

The local non-profit called Hands-4-Others (H4O) is made up of young people, mostly students, from Santa Barbara and other parts of California.  

H40 had their annual fundraising event just weeks before the Nepal earthquake. Funds from that event combined with immediate fundraising efforts by their members allowed them to ship off the purification system.

USGS 'Did You Feel It?' Map

A light-to-moderate earthquake hit the Central Coast this morning with people throughout Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties reporting to have felt it. 

The 4.4 temblor struck along the San Andreas Fault east of Greenfield and Soledad.

The quake was also felt in the Central Valley areas of Fresno, Madera and Visalia.

No damage has been reported.


An omnibus federal funding bill that is headed to President Obama's desk after passing in both the US Senate and House of Representatives includes $5 million to develop a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says the funding is just a down payment and she wants to see the program fast-tracked before the next major quake strikes.

More than 200,000 people in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties are expected to take part in Thursday's Great California ShakeOut. The vast majority of those are students.

The annual event is a way for families, schools, businesses, and government organizations to plan for the next "big one." This year, the earthquake simulation is set to take place at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Despite its name, people  participate worldwide.

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UPDATE: Monday, June 23, 2015 at 6:34 p.m.

NOAA lifted its tsunami advisory around 4:45 p.m. PDT.

Original story: 

California emergency officials are saying—at this point—there is no cause for tsunami concern along our state's coastline following a magnitude 8 earthquake in Alaska.

The temblor hit about 1:45 p.m. PDT near Little Sitkin Island, part of the Aleutian chain.

There are tsunami warnings however for neighboring islands to the east and west of the epicenter.

Earthquake Country

Apr 18, 2014

A recent uptick in seismic activity in California-and around the Pacific Rim-raises questions about the next "big one" along the San Andreas Fault.  KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with a top USGS scientist about the potential warning signs for those of us living here in earthquake country.