YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsEarthquake


February 6, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
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.
May 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean six miles south of Point Fermin. No damage was immediately reported, but the earthquake was felt over a large swath of the coast, south to Huntington Beach and north to Playa del Rey, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy at the Lomita Station said units were checking the area's “critical facilities” but said there were no immediate reports of damage.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles Times Articles