March 17, 2014 |
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 11, 2011 |
Just as Egypt has been cast as the Twitter revolution, so Friday's massive Japanese earthquake and tsunami was destined to become the Twitter disaster. In 140-character bites, the story unfolded: the shock and terror; the sense of human frailty mixed with lifesaving information; the messages of those seeking comfort and those seeing some kind of divine retribution, all mixing at hyper-speed. "Poor japan," said one typical sentiment. "Prayers to Japan and anyone in the path of the tsunami," said another.
February 6, 2014 |
The earth shook in Ocean City, Md., on Thursday morning, but seismologists said the vibrations didn't match those of an earthquake or a frost quake, leaving the cause a mystery. Richard Ortt Jr., director of the Maryland Geological Survey, said the seismic waves from the event spread at a rate too fast to be either an earthquake or a frost quake , a rare cold-weather phenomenon that has repeatedly popped up across the Northeast and Midwest during this extraordinarily frigid winter.
March 30, 2014 |
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.
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April 9, 2014 |
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.
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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.
August 29, 2012 |
No immediate damage was reported Wednesday after a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck about two miles from Yorba Linda, authorities said. The quake, which hit at 1:31 p.m., was felt in Laguna Beach, Riverside and parts of Los Angeles, according to U.S. Geological Survey's " Did you feel it?" website. According to the USGS, the epicenter was five miles from Placentia, six miles from Chino Hills, eight miles from Anaheim and 29 miles from downtown Los Angeles. “It felt pretty big,” said Tawnya Villanueva, a stylist at the Jabez hair salon on Yorba Linda Boulevard.
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April 18, 2014 |
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.
May 26, 2013 |
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.