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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1988
The month of May passed without a catastrophic earthquake in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California. I believe that the self-appointed psychics, prophets, and seers who predicted an earthquake would occur then should be held accountable for their irresponsible and unfounded comments. Here at Griffith Observatory, since last fall, we have been uncomfortably aware that such prognostications are not harmless parlor games. We received thousands of telephone inquiries and hundreds of letters from the public, who were understandably upset and often terrified by these predictions.
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July 21, 2004 | David Thomson, Special to The Times
"Let me tell you about the earliest earthquake I remember," writes David L. Ulin. It was Easter Sunday, 1980; he was 18 and living on San Francisco's Haight Street. "It was a period in which I spent a lot of time considering connections, pondering synchronicity, and the heady, if inaccessible, question of truth." He went to the countryside, to Marin County. A joint was smoked. At the end of the day he headed home to his apartment on the third floor of an old wood-frame building.
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December 22, 1996 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long-term earthquake prediction is closer to reality than most people think, scientists said at a symposium here last week. In more than one case, such general predictions years in advance have already taken place, they concurred. The researchers also expressed optimism that short-term predictions--precise as to day, place and size--will eventually be commonplace.
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February 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
The site of one of scientists' most important earthquake prediction experiments, in Parkfield, Calif., was rattled by a magnitude 4.0 temblor Friday. No damage or injuries were reported from the moderate quake, which struck at 7:26 a.m. It was centered 6.6 miles deep and five miles northwest of the sparsely populated hamlet in southeastern Monterey County. No aftershocks were detected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1992
Regarding the recent earthquake predictions: It ain't quaking till it's quaking. R. NICK NICKERSON Granada Hills
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February 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
The site of one of scientists' most important earthquake prediction experiments, in Parkfield, Calif., was rattled by a magnitude 4.0 temblor Friday. No damage or injuries were reported from the moderate quake, which struck at 7:26 a.m. It was centered 6.6 miles deep and five miles northwest of the sparsely populated hamlet in southeastern Monterey County. No aftershocks were detected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1998 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The truth is out there. In Pasadena. There on a tree-lined street sits a little yellow house that is one of the city's oldest homes. But no one lives there. The building is occupied by a U.S. government agency that has filled it with computers, maps, graphs and various electronic instruments. In what used to be the dining room, tucked under a desk, is an unassuming, two-drawer file cabinet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1998 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The truth is out there. In Pasadena. There on a tree-lined street sits a white stucco house that is one of the city's oldest homes. But no one lives there. The building is currently occupied by a U.S. government agency that has filled it with computers, maps, graphs and various electronic instruments. In what used to be the dining room, tucked under a desk, is an unassuming, two-drawer file cabinet.
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April 27, 1986 | BOB WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
"Earthquakes are like the weather," says Archie Snow, paraphrasing Will Rogers. "Everybody talks about them, but nobody does anything." Yet Snow, a Redondo Beach councilman and member of the county's Emergency Preparedness Commission, still believes that the talking is needed to motivate people to get ready for the big one that the experts say is likely to devastate parts of Southern California within the next couple of decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1989 | KENNETH REICH
Concern and even apprehension was expressed 13 years ago when scientists said they had detected a huge bulge in the Earth's crust centered near Palmdale and that it might be the precursor of a giant earthquake in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1998 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The truth is out there. In Pasadena. There on a tree-lined street sits a little yellow house that is one of the city's oldest homes. But no one lives there. The building is occupied by a U.S. government agency that has filled it with computers, maps, graphs and various electronic instruments. In what used to be the dining room, tucked under a desk, is an unassuming, two-drawer file cabinet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1998 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The truth is out there. In Pasadena. There on a tree-lined street sits a white stucco house that is one of the city's oldest homes. But no one lives there. The building is currently occupied by a U.S. government agency that has filled it with computers, maps, graphs and various electronic instruments. In what used to be the dining room, tucked under a desk, is an unassuming, two-drawer file cabinet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1997
Robert Geller (Commentary, Feb. 2) reaches the conclusion "there are no reasonable prospects in the near future" for earthquake prediction. His statements that predictions up to now have failed, and that the majority of seismologists think that earthquakes cannot be predicted reliably and accurately, are correct but irrelevant. If efforts to find a cure for a disease have failed to date, and the majority of specialists do not see a solution, it does not follow that reasonable prospects for cure do not exist, whatever the time scale.
NEWS
December 22, 1996 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long-term earthquake prediction is closer to reality than most people think, scientists said at a symposium here last week. In more than one case, such general predictions years in advance have already taken place, they concurred. The researchers also expressed optimism that short-term predictions--precise as to day, place and size--will eventually be commonplace.
NEWS
July 5, 1996 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. scientists are too pessimistic about a breakthrough in reliable earthquake predictions, according to two seismologists who are prominent in the search. Writing on Thursday in the journal Science, Carnegie Institution seismologist Paul G. Silver and Tokyo University earthquake chemist Hiroshi Wakita say a recent meeting in Japan showed that the United States is lagging Japan and China in prediction research.
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February 20, 1995 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a conference here a few days ago to assess the feasibility of making accurate earthquake predictions, a Japanese scientist said he might have detected a precursor to the Kobe earthquake. If his suggestion were valid and precursors could be demonstrated as occurring consistently before other temblors, it would be a spectacular discovery, opening the way to quake forecasts. But in the real world of seismology, quake prediction is still a dream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1986 | DELTHIA RICKS, United Press International
There are some Californians so naive about earthquakes that they believe unusual animal behavior will warn them of an imminent quake and that they can somehow escape "the big one," a researcher said. A UCLA study of 3,500 adults from throughout the state showed that some people are unable to conceptualize the danger of a devastating temblor and overestimate the ability of government to provide for victims in a quake's aftermath.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1992
Regarding the recent earthquake predictions: It ain't quaking till it's quaking. R. NICK NICKERSON Granada Hills
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