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May 31, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A shallow earthquake nearly 30 miles off the coast of Malibu on Friday morning was downgraded to a magnitude 3.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake occurred at 6:24 a.m. at a depth of about a quarter-mile. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 31 miles from Port Hueneme and 34 miles from Oxnard. There were no reports so far on the USGS' "Did You Feel It?" Web page of anyone feeling the quake. In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.
May 29, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A magnitude-4.6 earthquake struck off the Santa Barbara coast Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor struck at 7:38 a.m. about three miles west of Isla Vista, the USGS reported. Initial reports indicated that the quake had a magnitude of 4.9, but that was later adjusted to 4.6. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Dozens of people stretching from Bakersfield to Manhattan Beach reported feeling the quake on the USGS "Did you feel it?"
November 19, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia
In a meeting Tuesday with the city's top building official, scientists who have a list of concrete buildings in Los Angeles that could be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake agreed to work with city officials on how they might use the research data, once formally published. "We're getting the published research, which includes a list," said Jeff Millman, spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti. "There will be additional discussions with the UC researchers after publication about how the city might use this data.
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.
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.
July 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in northwest China killed at least 75 people and left more than 600 injured Monday, and heavy rains were impeding rescue efforts in some towns, state-run media reported. Some 3,000 soldiers, firefighters and other rescue personnel were dispatched to the affected area in Gansu province after the 7:45 a.m. quake, the official Xinhua news agency said.  Photos from the region, southeast of the provincial capital of Lanzhou, showed brick homes collapsed and others buried up to their roofs by landslides triggered by the temblor.
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.
December 26, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
It was a scary day if you were living in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday. During the early morning hours, a gas pipeline that feeds a local power station exploded, then in an unrelated incident later in the morning , a magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocked the city. Sochi is to be host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, scheduled for Feb. 7-23. There were no reported injuries from either incident. Russia President Vladimir Putin ordered authorities to inspect Olympic sites, particularly those under construction, to ensure that there was no damage.
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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