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April 9, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN -- A powerful earthquake shook southern Iran on Tuesday afternoon, killing dozens of people and devastating entire towns, Iranian media reported. At least 31 people died in the quake, including three victims under a collapsed house in the small town of Shanbe, according to Fars News Agency and the Tabnak news website. State media reported at least 20 were killed. Earlier news reports had put the death toll at three or four people. The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday's earthquake measured magnitude 6.3; Iranian state media reported that it measured 6.1. There were no immediate reports of damage at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, about 60 miles from the reported epicenter of the earthquake.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Jon Healey
This post has been updated, as explained below. Two different approaches to alerting the public about earthquakes are vying for the state's support, one based on a network of government-operated sensors, the other built around a private company's equipment. In a move that may shed some light for policymakers, the California Emergency Management Agency has pulled together a group of experts to make recommendations on how to implement an earthquake early warning system. Then again, maybe it won't.
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.
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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.
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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.
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