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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1985
I was superintendent of building and general manager of the Department of Building and Safety in Los Angeles from 1940 until my retirement in 1961. During the 1950s Mexico City had an earthquake almost equal in intensity to the one it had recently. Many buildings were demolished, thousands of buildings were badly damaged, many people were killed and injured. The damage was very severe and widespread. The City of Los Angeles requested me to go to Mexico City and investigate the damage to building construction, the enforcement of building regulations and render a report on the entire disaster.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Tuesday evening 13 miles from Shandon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:45 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 17 miles from Avenal, Calif., 19 miles from Coalinga, Calif., 22 miles from Paso Robles, Calif., and 196 miles from Sacramento. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater centered nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Rong-Gong Lin II
The 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Monday near Westwood caught many early risers off guard, but for KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor Chris Schauble, it was the shock heard 'round the Internet. Schauble's expression and ensuing on-air duck-and-cover during the temblor took off on social media almost as quickly as the quake itself. The quake hit at 6:25 a.m., just as  Schauble and his on-air partner, Megan Henderson, were transitioning to a commercial break. But fate had other plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake was reported off Canada's Vancouver Island on Wednesday night. But there were no tsunami concerns for the Pacific Coast, including California. The quake rocked the region around 8:10 p.m. and was located about 58 miles southwest of Port Hardy in British Columbia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was followed by two aftershocks of 5.0 and 4.2. There were no tsunami watches, warnings or advisories for the Pacific Coast, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck Northern California on Thursday was the largest on-land temblor in California since 2008, officials said. The last quake similar to this magnitude was a magnitude 5.5 that struck Southern California in July 2008 , said David Schwartz, an earthquake geologist for the Northern California USGS division in Menlo Park. The Chino Hills temblor caused little damage, but it was the most sizable quake to hit a metropolitan part of California since the much larger and destructive 1994 Northridge quake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Hector Becerra
Mexico City had 71 seconds of warning before shaking from a 7.2 earthquake about 200 miles away rumbled into the capital, thanks to central Mexico's 21-year-old early quake warning system, officials said Friday. It's a system that California still lacks. The Mexican warning system could be seen on television (video below), when Televisa news announcer Eduardo Salazar calmly tells viewers that at 9:27 a.m. a seismic alert went off, triggering a shrieking whine on the broadcast.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Yellowstone National Park quivered early Sunday when the area's strongest earthquake in 34 years struck northwestern Wyoming, but no damage was reported. The epicenter of the magnitude 4.8 quake, which occurred at 6:34 a.m., was four miles north-northeast of Norris Geyser Basin, according to University of Utah Seismograph Stations. Seismic activity at Yellowstone isn't unusual, geologically speaking. The rugged land in the park, which boasts the world's largest collection of geysers, was formed by millions of years of volcanic activity.
SCIENCE
October 22, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
Six Italian seismologists have been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison for failing to adequately warn the city of L'Aquila in advance of an April 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people. When the charges were brought against the Italian scientists back in 2010, they shocked the scientific world. Prosecutors claimed that the scientists, while serving on a government panel, minimized the potential risks of a potential quake in the region, and gave "incomplete, imprecise, and contradictory information" to the area's citizens, according to an in-depth report on the case last year in the scientific journal Nature.
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