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March 20, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan
When structural engineer Anuj Bansal designs systems for hospitals, university libraries and apartment complexes, seismic safety is a key consideration. But the best way to find out what it takes for a building to withstand a massive earthquake is to analyze the aftermath of an actual event. That's why Bansal, who heads the Los Angeles office of Degenkolb Engineers, traveled to Chile with three colleagues to survey the damage resulting from last month's 8.8 quake that killed 497 people, caused $30 billion in damage and shifted the city of Concepcion 10 feet to the west.
October 10, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
When the drill finally broke through to the miners Saturday, sounds erupted in a symphony of relief: the cheers of family members, the blowing of horns throughout the mine, and the shouts of the men 2,300 feet below. For more than two months, the 33 miners have been trapped in their pitch-dark claustrophobic refuge after a cave-in at the mine in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. At one point, they were even left for dead. But at 8 a.m., the whine of the rescuers' powerful drill as it punched through the rock to reach a tunnel used by the men signaled that the end of their ordeal could be near.
June 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Virgin Australia , JetStar and Qantas airlines Tuesday canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra due to the volcanic ash cloud from Chile, which has circled the globe and swirled into airspace in southeastern Australia. Thousands of passengers were stranded. But airlines planned to resume service Wednesday as the plume appears to be heading toward the Tasman Sea and away from Australian air space. Carriers were shooting for 2 p.m. Wednesday for resuming domestic and international flights in and out of Sydney.
April 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're looking for the trip of a lifetime, National Geographic Traveler has 50 to choose from. Its best guided expedition list for 2013 singles out tours that ignite the "inquisitive spirit" of travel. Among the adventures: an eight-day tour of Chile that pairs wine touring by bicycle with white-water rafting in northern Patagonia. Bikes, Wine and Patagonia begins in Santiago with a tour of the presidential palace and the former home of poet Pablo Neruda. On the second day, participants take to their bikes to begin two days of winery-hopping in the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys.
March 5, 2010
A just judge Re "The judge and the addict," Feb. 28 and March 1 Judge Spencer Letts' common-sense approach to justice -- and his devotion to Michael Banyard's rehabilitation after prison -- is worthy of Olympic gold. How refreshing to find a judge who combines wisdom with empathy, instead of being just another "robot judge" rubber-stamping mandated and often discriminatory sentences where the penalties don't fit the crime. Letts' style is a striking example of how smart justice can replace the trite and simplistic "tough on crime" approach -- which serves primarily to keep jails overcrowded, justice be damned.
March 15, 1989 | From Associated Press
About 40 whales grounded on a beach in the Strait of Magellan in the third similar incident in a week.
January 19, 2010
The election of conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera as president of Chile is a democratic milestone for that country, just as the election of leftist President Mauricio Funes was for El Salvador last year. Like Funes, Pinera is more moderate than the parties that supported him and, therefore, was able to move the country beyond its violent past and deep divisions. He will take office after two decades of rule by a center-left coalition, in yet another sign that Chile has emerged from the shadow of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
January 12, 1998
Your Dec. 30 editorial asserts that the United States is losing business in Chile because of Congress' failure to extend fast-track negotiating authority. In fact, U.S. exports to Chile are growing at a healthy pace, as is our trade surplus. In the first eight months of 1997, U.S. exports to Chile grew by 7%, and our trade surplus grew 14%. You claim that American firms lost out to Northern Telecom, a Canadian company, in a Chilean telecommunications deal because of the Canada-Chile trade agreement.
December 10, 1986 | Associated Press
The military government of Chile has extended its state of emergency for another 90 days, beginning today. The emergency legislation has been renewed every three months since the military seized power in a coup in 1973. It empowers the government to restrict freedom of the press and assembly, curb political and trade union activities and ban people from entering or leaving the country.
July 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists said Tuesday that a lake in southern Chile that mysteriously disappeared last month had developed a crack that allowed the water to drain away. A buildup of water opened a crack in an ice wall along one side of the lake. Water flowed through the crack into a nearby fjord and from there into the sea, leaving behind a dry lakebed littered with icebergs. The lake is in the Magallanes region in Patagonia and is fed by meltwater from glaciers.
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