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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Small tsunami waves and other unusual “water movements” have arrived on the coast of California following an 8.2 earthquake that struck Chile's northern coast Tuesday. Although officials stressed that no tsunami warning had been issued for California or the West Coast, the abnormal wave heights, tide fluctuations and current changes could surprise boaters Wednesday, they said. The National Weather Service ended a tsunami advisory for the state of Hawaii around 7:25 a.m. But the first waves connected to the South American earthquake to strike California may have hit La Jolla hours earlier, said Bill Knight, an oceanographer with the National Tsunami Warning Center based in Alaska.
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NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Monday evening 13 miles from Soledad, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:41 p.m. PDT at a depth of 3.7 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 18 miles from Greenfield, 21 miles from Hollister, 26 miles from Salinas and 137 miles from Sacramento. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service, and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
WORLD
April 1, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
The fault that triggered a magnitude 8.2 quake off the northern Chilean coast was overdue for a significant earthquake, and an even more powerful temblor could be in store, said Rick Allmendinger, a Cornell University  professor of earth and atmospheric sciences. “This segment in Chile had not broken since 1877,” said Allmendinger, a geology expert who has extensively studied the northern Chilean fault zone. “It had been quiet for an unusually long period of time.” But the 8.2 earthquake, which seismologists said struck about 950 miles north of Chile's capital, Santiago, wasn't powerful enough to release all the friction that had been built up in this zone, where the Nazca plate is sliding underneath the South America plate, Allmendinger said.
WORLD
April 1, 2014 | By Ron Lin
Observed tsunami heights reached nearly 7 feet in the Chilean port city of Iquique in the wake of Tuesday's magnitude 8.2 earthquake off the nation's northern coast. But by early Wednesday local time, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted tsunami warnings and watches for Chile and other Latin American countries. A major tsunami was also not expected in Hawaii, but an advisory was in place because of expected strong currents that could pose a hazard for swimmers and boaters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
No tsunami threat to California or the U.S. West Coast was immediately seen after a magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit off the west coast of Chile, the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said. No tsunami warning would probably be issued for California “unless we see something we don't expect,” Paul Whitmore, director of the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center, told the Los Angeles Times. Related: Tsunami evacuations ordered after Chile earthquake A magnitude 8.0 earthquake has already generated 6-foot-high tsunami waves in Chile, Whitmore said.
WORLD
April 1, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports, This post has been updated to reflect recent developments.
SANTIAGO, Chile - A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific off Chile's northern region, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of Iquique, Chile, at 8:46 p.m. It hit in an area that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks. The latest tremor shook buildings in parts of the nearby nations of Bolivia and Peru.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning 0 miles from La Habra, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles. [Updated 11:49 p.m. PDT April 1: According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was felt over a wide area, including much of Northern Orange County, the San Gabriel Valley and Eastside of L.A. There were no reports of damage. ] There have been hundreds of aftershocks from Friday's 5.1 La Habra quake, largest being a 4.1 magnitude temblor that hit Rowland Heights Saturday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I'm generally not an alarmist about earthquakes. As a California native, I've experienced my share of small to moderate reminders that our fair state is fractured from head to toe and we're all standing on broken plates. But the shaking is putting me on edge lately. I find myself wondering if I should buy earthquake insurance, or why my dog is cocking his head as if he knows something I don't. This is partly because there's been more rocking and rolling than usual, and partly because of what we're learning about how shamefully unprepared we are for a Big One. And now I have more cause for concern.
WORLD
April 1, 2014 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - A shallow and powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake rocked Chile's northern coast Tuesday, sparking fires, churning up high waves, causing landslides and cutting power for thousands of people. A fireman and an elderly heart attack victim were among five people reported dead from the quake, but authorities had yet to assess widespread damage. Evacuations were ordered in expectation of waves as high as 16 feet along the Pacific coast of Chile, neighboring Peru and elsewhere.
WORLD
April 1, 2014 | By Chris Kraul and Ron Lin
Blackouts, telephone outages and highway damage were reported in northern Chile, and tsunami warnings remained in effect after a massive earthquake struck Tuesday evening off that nation's Pacific coast.  The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the earthquake to magnitude 8.2 shortly after it struck at 8:46 p.m. about 50 miles southwest of Cuya, about 950 miles north of the capital, Santiago.  Major damage was reported to Highway A16 north of...
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