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March 24, 2011 | From Times wire reports
The northeastern part of Myanmar was hit with a magnitude 6.8 earthquake Thursday night. One woman was reported killed when a roof collapsed in Chiang Rai. The quake was felt in Bangkok, 480 miles to the south of the epicenter, where buildings reportedly swayed. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was six miles deep and that it is possible that 600,000 people could feel shaking anywhere from strong to violent and that damage could be widespread. Thai television showed people running into the streets in their pajamas.
March 21, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
First a massive earthquake and a devastating tsunami. Now a battle with an out-of-control nuclear reactor facility. How much can one people take? Though there's obviously a limit to what anyone can bear, cultural features of a society can clearly influence psychological resilience, experts say. As the tragedy drags into a second week, they warn that prolonged stress will lead to heightened trauma for many Japanese people and that levels of sadness...
March 16, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
As dozens of aftershocks continued to rattle Japan on Tuesday, scientists said they were worried that Friday's magnitude 9 earthquake might trigger a dangerous temblor close to Tokyo, the largest urban center in the world. The fear is that the initial quake and the series of large aftershocks will transfer geophysical stress into nearby faults, causing some near Tokyo to shift violently, said Michael Wysession, a seismologist at Washington University in St. Louis. Photos: Scenes of earthquake destruction Already, the pattern of aftershocks in Japan appears to be shifting southward toward Tokyo from off the coast of Sendai, 231 miles away.
March 13, 2011 | By Barbara Demick and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Aftershocks continued to jolt Japan as rescue efforts increased Sunday morning following Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The island nation had experienced more than 275 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater as of Sunday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. Of those aftershocks, 27 have been magnitude 6 or greater, USGS records show. "And that could change. We have more every hour," said Dale Grant, a geophysicist at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.
March 12, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The death toll from Japan's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that followed will likely increase Saturday, as rescue efforts continue to be hampered by aftershocks and damaged infrastructure, according to a United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs situation report. Japanese authorities had mobilized thousands of troops for the rescue effort Saturday, according to the report, with more than 300 planes and 40 ships conducting air and boat rescues. However, the report noted that "continued aftershocks and tsunami are hampering rescue efforts.
March 12, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
Japan continued to be rocked by aftershocks Saturday following Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The nation has experienced more than 154 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater since the earthquake, according to Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake information center in Golden, Colo. Of the aftershocks, 27 have been magnitude 6 or greater, Caruso said. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake Caruso said it was difficult to determine how long the aftershocks will last.
February 24, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Hannah Trusttun sat on a jagged stack of loose bricks Thursday, staring vacantly across a deserted downtown street in her devastated city. It wasn't supposed to be like this, the mother of two said. The place known as the Garden City, the gorgeous gateway to New Zealand's South Island that draws tens of thousands of tourists each year, had become Earthquake City ? again. Just five months after a temblor shook Christchurch to its core, this city of 350,000 was hit Tuesday by another jolt, this time with far worse effects: 98 people confirmed dead, about 200 missing, 164 others sent to the hospital.
February 22, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
A devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Tuesday, killing at least 65 people and collapsing buildings onto victims, some of whom used their cellphones to frantically call for help, officials said. Photos: 6.3 earthquake hits New Zealand Rescuers dug through the rubble overnight amid reports that many people were still trapped and that the death toll could rise much higher. A statement posted on the website of the Christchurch Police Department said the fatalities included "two buses crushed by falling buildings.
October 29, 2010 | By Gary Goldstein
"Aftershock," a blockbuster in its native China and that country's official entry for 2010's foreign-language film Oscar, has made a mostly smooth transition across the Pacific onto American screens. In fact, this involving, well-acted saga of a family torn apart by a devastating earthquake is such a foolproof crowd-pleaser it could likely withstand a release here well beyond its Asian-targeted bookings. Directed by Feng Xiaogang, China's most commercially successful filmmaker, from a script by Su Xiaowei (based on the novel by Chinese Canadian author Zhang Ling)
August 29, 2010 | By Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A 4.1 earthquake struck the California border region on Sunday, the latest of thousand of aftershocks from the Easter Sunday Mexicali temblor. The latest quake occurred at 8:53 a.m. about 33 miles from Mexicali. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The region has seen a series of aftershocks and triggered quakes since the massive 7.2 temblor, which was the largest in the region in nearly 20 years. The Mexicali quake that occurred April 4 caused more than $90 million on the California side of the border and killed two people in Mexico.
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