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May 21, 2012 | By David Ng
The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit northern Italy early Sunday has claimed the lives of six people and has caused widespread damage. Among the most badly hit sites were a number of cultural heritage structures, according to reports. Italy's cultural ministry said that "after an initial survey, damage to cultural patrimony appears significant. " One of the hardest hit areas was San Felice sul Panaro, a town near Bologna, which saw serious damage to a 14th century castle and to churches that housed valuable paintings and frescoes.
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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 9, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Some residents in Long Beach and the north Orange County coast reported feeling and hearing what some thought was an earthquake Wednesday afternoon. But Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton said no earthquakes were reported in the area during the time the shaking was reported. “It's not an earthquake. It's probably an offshore sonic boom,” Hutton said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said any sonic boom would come from a military aircraft.
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.
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.
NEWS
May 26, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Sunday morning five miles from Avenal, Calif., in the central part of the state, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 7:01 a.m. at a depth of 6.2 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was nine miles from Coalinga, Calif., 28 miles from Lemoore, Calif., 35 miles from Hanford, Calif., and 186 miles from Sacramento. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia, Doug Smith and Rong-Gong Lin II
A Los Angeles councilman's call for the city to consider creating an inventory of thousands of so-called soft-story apartments that could collapse during a major earthquake is already generating debate. This first-of-its-kind list would apply to buildings in Los Angeles built before 1978 with at least two stories and at least five units. Councilman Tom LaBonge 's proposal marks the first significant seismic safety effort in Los Angeles in years. It comes four months after San Francisco passed a landmark law forcing owners to strengthen about 3,000 soft-story apartment buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2014
Twenty years ago, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Northridge, killing about 60 people and causing billions of dollars in damage. The quake shook Los Angeles awake at 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17. Sixteen people were killed in the collapse of the Northridge Meadows apartment complex alone, one of nearly 200 soft-story buildings seriously damaged or destroyed in the quake. Full coverage:  California earthquakes Years later, many structures remained in disrepair, and neighborhoods struggled to recover.
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