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August 3, 1995 | LEE DYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a full gray beard that spills down onto his chest, all Allan Lindh needs is a flowing white robe to make him look like a guru descended from the mountaintop. It would be in keeping with the visual image if he suddenly began uttering incomprehensible incantations. But instead he is one of the handful of people who can speak lucidly about a subject that has vexed scientists for decades. As chief seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's western headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
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April 15, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning 17 miles from Soledad, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:43 a.m. PDT at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 20 miles from Greenfield, Calif.; 24 miles from King City, Calif.; 26 miles from Hollister, Calif.; and 139 miles from Sacramento. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
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March 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A fracking operation at the eastern border of Ohio remained closed Wednesday, two days after a string of earthquakes stirred some people from their sleep and prompted state regulators to investigate whether the shale-drilling may have been a cause. Areas in the central and southern U.S. have seen a 20-fold increase in small earthquakes during the past few years, and federal scientists have said the boom in drilling for oil and natural gas has been a contributing factor. Primarily, part of the dramatic rise has been attributed by the scientists to injection wells, where waste water from fracking is gushed back deep into the earth for storage.
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April 3, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Thursday morning eight miles from Malibu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:08 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.0 miles. [Updated at 10:33 a.m. PDT April 3: There were no immediate reports of damage from the small quake. According to the USGS, the motion from the quake moved north into the west San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. The USGS said it was felt across Malibu, Ventura County, the Santa Monica Mountains and west Valley.]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1993
With killer tornados, killer hurricanes and killer blizzards back East, it makes California earthquakes seem like a minor inconvenience, somewhere in the category of ants at a picnic. V. FRED RAYSER Yucca Valley
WORLD
February 9, 2010 | Times Wire Reports
A Chinese activist who sought to document shoddy construction that contributed to deaths in China's devastating 2008 earthquake has been sentenced to five years in prison for subversion, his lawyer said Tuesday. Tan Zuoren was formally accused of inciting subversion of state power in e-mailed comments about the bloody crackdown on June 4, 1989, on pro-democracy demonstrators around Tiananmen Square. But Tan's supporters and Amnesty International say he was detained because he planned to issue an independent report on the collapse of school buildings during the Sichuan earthquake, in which about 70,000 people died.
SCIENCE
October 4, 2012 | By Monte Morin
Seismologists' understanding of how rock surfaces behave when ground together in earthquake faults has been limited by their ability to conduct experiments that simulate the massive forces generated in a temblor. For many years, researchers have simply taken two adjoining rock surfaces and placed pressure on them until they broke. This method, however, doesn't come close to representing the force of large, damaging earthquakes. Now, seismologists at University of Oklahoma and the U.S. Geological Survey say they have created a device that approximates the force exerted by a Magnitude 8 earthquake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
Two small earthquakes hit the Malibu and Moorpark area on Friday. Both quakes were magnitude 2.4 and occurred around 12:10 p.m. The one along the coast occurred six miles west of Malibu. The other one occurred several miles to the north in the Moorpark area of Ventura County. It is unclear whether the quakes were strong enough to be felt. ALSO: Bobby Brown wearing ankle monitor for DUI sentence Bell trial: After mistrial, next steps for attorneys unclear Chef who killed wife, then cooked body to be sentenced
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March 27, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Oklahoma's largest-recorded earthquake was triggered by injection wells used by the oil and gas industry, according to a report released this week. The Tuesday report in the geoscience journal Geology is the latest scientific evidence suggesting injection wells may be causing an uptick in earthquakes nationwide. However, the report was viewed skeptically by Oklahoma's official seismologist. The report's lead author, University of Oklahoma seismologist Katie Keranen, focused on a series of earthquakes in November 2011 near Prague, Okla., including a 5.7-magnitude temblor on Nov. 6, the largest recorded in state history.
SCIENCE
July 11, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
The geothermal power plants at Southern California's Salton Sea don't just produce electricity, they also trigger thousands of temblors not far from one of the West Coast's most dangerous earthquake faults, a study says. A study published online Thursday in the journal Science found that as production rose at the Imperial County geothermal field, so did the number of earthquakes. From 1981 through 2012, more than 10,000 earthquakes above magnitude 1.75 were recorded in the area. “That group of earthquakes …. is connected to the production,” said Emily Brodsky, a UC Santa Cruz geophysicist and the paper's lead author.
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April 3, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 2.5 earthquake was reported Thursday morning one mile from East La Mirada, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 3:59 a.m. PDT near the surface. According to the USGS, the epicenter was one mile from La Habra, two miles from La Mirada, and three miles from Fullerton. In the past 10 days, there have been 10 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Small tsunami waves and other unusual "water movements" arrived on the California coast Wednesday following an 8.2 earthquake that struck Chile's northern coast. 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 may have surprised boaters, they said. The first waves to strike California that were connected to Tuesday night's South American earthquake may have hit La Jolla about 4 a.m., said Bill Knight, an oceanographer with the National Tsunami Warning Center based in Alaska.
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.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
A 4.3-magnitude earthquake centered in southeastern Kentucky on Saturday has shaken residents from northern Ohio to North Carolina and Alabama. The earthquake, centered more than half a mile underground about eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky., did not appear to cause any structural damage in the Ohio Valley. The epicenter was about 35 miles west of the southwestern Virginia border. More than 200 people from Ohio, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Georgia Indiana and North Carolina reported feeling the temblor on the U.S. Geological Survey's website, some more than 300 miles away.
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