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April 1, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports, This post has been updated to reflect recent developments.
SANTIAGO, Chile - A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific off Chile's northern region, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of Iquique, Chile, at 8:46 p.m. It hit in an area that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks. The latest tremor shook buildings in parts of the nearby nations of Bolivia and Peru.
December 21, 1988
Has anyone else noticed that President Reagan immediately volunteered to send planeloads of aid directly to the evil empire for victims of the earthquake but refused to send a cent to impoverished, hurricane-ravaged Nicaragua? STEVE BLOOM Echo Park
June 30, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
A 2.8 earthquake struck the Marina del Rey area on Sunday evening. The temblor occurred at 9:21 p.m. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was felt across the Westside and South Bay. The quake was about two miles southeast of Marina del Rey.
March 17, 2014 | By Anne Colby
The safety of family members is the first concern for most people during and after a major earthquake. For many of us, family also means our family pets. Monday's magnitude 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles was a good reminder to be prepared with an earthquake plan and emergency kits. If you're a pet owner, you should also include your animals in your disaster planning. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles offers earthquake preparedness tips for pet owners.  First, it suggests getting dogs and cats microchipped and outfitted with current ID tags to enable easy identification if they are lost or wander away during an emergency.
March 16, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
U.S. Geological Survey officials have chosen a name for the 9.0 temblor that struck Japan last week. They're calling it the Tohoku earthquake ? shortened from the original name used in Japan. Tohoku is a region in the northern part of Honshu, Japan's largest island. Though the region ? encompassing six of the island's northernmost prefectures ? sits north of the massive quake's offshore epicenter, it became its namesake because it takes up much of the area shaken by the earthquake's approximately 250-mile-long rupture area.
May 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Northern California on Thursday night and was felt across a large area, according to officials. The quake was occurred around 8:47 p.m., and its epicenter was 27 miles southwest of Susanville and seven miles west northwest of Greenville, about 150 miles northeast of Sacramento, and zero feet deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A Chico resident told The Times that he felt a slow steady roll that lasted about 30 seconds. People on Twitter reported feeling the quake in Sacramento.
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