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February 28, 1987 | Associated Press
Two earthquakes rattled California on Friday as one temblor hit Point Arguello near Santa Barbara and another shook the Mammoth Lakes area, the U.S. Geological Survey said. No damage was reported. Edna King, spokeswoman for the Geological Survey's western regional headquarters here, said the Point Arguello earthquake, estimated at 3.7 on the Richter scale, was recorded at 2:43 p.m. It was centered 50 miles west of Santa Barbara, she said. The eastern Sierra quake measured 4.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia and Hector Becerra
An estimated 17 million people felt Friday's magnitude 5.1 quake centered in La Habra. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist David Wald said officials received valuable information from the 16,000 reports by individuals who used the Did You Feel It? reporting system on the agency website. “About one in 1,000 are actually reporting... That's a pretty good [data] sample. If you're polling for political responses, that would be a huge sample,” said Wald, who co-created and operates the DYFI system.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists who have studied the historical record before major earthquakes in California over the last 150 years have concluded that large earthquakes may be preceded by smaller quakes in the same seismic zone during the one or two decades before the main event. Lynn R. Sykes and Stephen C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia
If a 9.0 earthquake were to strike along California's sparsely populated North Coast, it would have a catastrophic ripple effect. A giant tsunami created by the quake would wash away coastal towns, destroy U.S. 101 and cause $70 billion in damage over a large swath of the Pacific coast. More than 100 bridges would be lost, power lines toppled and coastal towns isolated. Residents would have as few as 15 minutes notice to flee to higher ground, and as many as 10,000 would perish. Scientists last year published this grim scenario for a massive rupture along the Cascadia fault system, which runs 700 miles off shore from Northern California to Vancouver Island.
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December 3, 2000 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moderate earthquakes occurred Saturday morning in both Northern and Southern California, with the Donner Pass area near Lake Tahoe hit harder, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. A magnitude 4.8 temblor at 7:34 a.m., centered 13 miles west of Truckee, just north of Interstate 80, was the strongest of nine quakes felt near Donner Pass, northwest of Lake Tahoe. Three of them exceeded magnitude 3.0. None of Saturday's quakes, all in mountainous areas, caused damage or injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Earthquakes that hit California are quite different from many earthquakes around the world in that California's temblors are centered only a few miles below the surface of the Earth's crust and thus are very destructive. In many regions of the globe, earthquakes occur many miles below the surface and cause less shaking--and thus less destruction--than the shallow quakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1990 | LEE DYE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Japan has set the standard for earthquake preparations with a comprehensive program that even includes an effort to predict a specific temblor in time to evacuate several crowded cities before a catastrophic quake hits. Even in California, which will unquestionably be hit by a monster quake sometime within the next few decades, there is nothing else quite like it. Why not?
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August 18, 1994 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The safety of schoolchildren cannot be guaranteed in a major earthquake unless educators aggressively step up disaster preparedness, a task force told a state Senate committee Wednesday. Schools and campus personnel must be better equipped for emergencies to ensure the well-being of students, the Task Force on Education concluded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1996 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday declared a moderate-level volcano hazards alert in the Mammoth Lakes area after a swarm of more than 100 earthquakes during the day. Research geophysicist Malcolm Johnson of the USGS said the alert is "fairly uncommon." It reflects "a moderate level of increased activity and unrest in the vicinity of the Mammoth Mountain volcano," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1996 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Whittier Narrows earthquake hit in 1987, Rep. David Dreier found out from a colleague who had heard it on the news. Standing on the floor of the House at the time, Dreier said he felt helpless, out of touch, fearful of what was happening to his congressional district thousands of miles away. Next time the earth shakes back home, the San Dimas Republican intends to be better prepared.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia and Doug Smith
After the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, California began an ambitious effort to map faults across the state. Over the next two decades, officials published 534 maps of active earthquake faults. New construction was prohibited on top of these fissures because previous quakes showed that buildings could be torn apart during violent shaking. But the mapping campaign has slowed to a crawl - with many dangerous faults still undocumented. Since 1991, only 23 have been drawn. Because of budget cuts, none were completed between 2004 and 2011, according to records reviewed by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A series of earthquakes hit the California desert area Wednesday, near the site of a larger earthquake earlier this month. An initial shallow magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported 13 miles from Anza, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:17 a.m. PDT at a depth of 1.9 miles. It was followed by more than 20 other smaller quakes, the USGS said. There were no reports of damage or injuries. According to the USGS, residents in nearby communities, including Indio, reported feeling the 3.6 temblor.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The people want gas masks. Also flashlights, batteries, iodine tablets and machetes. And Ovi Lalo is their reluctant supplier. Lalo has run California Surplus Mart in Hollywood for 34 years, and he said he always sees a bump in customers right after earthquakes and other natural disasters. But this time, he said, customers seem more ravenous for supplies than usual. The devastating quake and tsunami in Japan have many Californians thinking they had better prepare for the Big One here, and the threat of radiation wafting across the Pacific has only heightened anxieties.
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March 11, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Deal & Travel blogger
Campers were evacuated from park campgrounds from Ventura to Crescent City early Friday in response to the tsunami warning for the California coast triggered by the Japanese earthquake. Beaches in Los Angeles and Orange counties also were closed. The California Department of Parks and Recreation issued a statement about the closures. Near Crescent City , where 8-foot waves battered the city's harbor, campgrounds at Usal and Bear Harbor in the Sinkyone Wilderness area were evacuated and closed.
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August 29, 2010 | By Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A 4.1 earthquake struck the California border region on Sunday, the latest of thousand of aftershocks from the Easter Sunday Mexicali temblor. The latest quake occurred at 8:53 a.m. about 33 miles from Mexicali. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The region has seen a series of aftershocks and triggered quakes since the massive 7.2 temblor, which was the largest in the region in nearly 20 years. The Mexicali quake that occurred April 4 caused more than $90 million on the California side of the border and killed two people in Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
A minor earthquake rattled the California desert along the Mexican border Saturday, but apparently caused no injuries or damage. The magnitude 3.1 quake hit at 12:57 p.m. about eight miles south-southwest of Ocotillo, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Imperial County Sheriff's Department did not receive any reports of injuries or damage, a dispatcher said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1996 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Whittier Narrows earthquake hit in 1987, Rep. David Dreier found out from a colleague who had heard it on the news. Standing on the floor of the House at the time, Dreier said he felt helpless, out of touch, fearful of what was happening to his congressional district thousands of miles away. But the next time the earth shakes back home, the San Dimas Republican intends to be more prepared.
NEWS
August 18, 1994 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The safety of schoolchildren cannot be guaranteed in a major earthquake unless educators aggressively step up disaster preparedness, a task force told a state Senate committee Wednesday. Schools and campus personnel must be better equipped for emergencies in order to ensure the well-being of students, the task force concluded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2001
A six-hour swarm of earthquakes, the strongest magnitude 4.1 and 4.0, struck a sparsely populated area of the Eastern Sierra near Walker Pass on California 178 Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quakes, all about five miles under the Earth's surface, were felt from the San Joaquin Valley cities of Bakersfield and Porterville east to Trona and north along U.S. 395 to Olancha, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2001 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The temblor that hit the Seattle area Wednesday may cause more Californians to think about buying earthquake insurance, but the 6.8-magnitude shaker shouldn't otherwise affect policies or rates here, insurance officials said.
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