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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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NATIONAL
February 21, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
What by historical standards was a mild earthquake shook parts of as many as nine states on Tuesday in the latest rumble along the fabled New Madrid Seismic Zone. The quake, measuring 4.0, struck at 3:58 a.m. CST near East Prairie, Mo., a rural town of some 3,200 people off of Interstate 55, which connects St. Louis with Memphis, Tenn., according to the U.S. Geological Survey website. The quake was felt in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee and there were scattered reports from four other states including as far away as Georgia.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon 14 miles from Searles Valley, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:49 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.7 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 31 miles from Ridgecrest, and 74 miles from Barstow. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Work crews continued to scramble Tuesday to clean up crude oil that seeped from the ground and forced the closure of a Wilmington residential street, but it remained unclear what caused the leak or who was to blame. A Phillips 66 spokesperson said the oil company is assisting in the cleanup but did not believe the firm has any responsibility in the leak. The leak was initially reported late Monday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. By early Tuesday, oil had coated the roadway in the 1200 block of North Neptune Avenue.
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
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.
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