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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1999
Maps showing areas in Los Angeles and Orange counties where earthquake damage is most likely to be exacerbated by soil liquefaction were released Thursday by the state Department of Conservation. The 24 maps, which cover about 2,600 square miles in 83 cities, are intended for use when planning new structures or selling existing ones, said state geologist James Davis.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered in northern Orange County rippled across the Los Angeles Basin, and preliminary indications suggest the long-feared Puente Hills thrust fault may have caused it. The quake caused pictures to fall of walls, glass items to shatter and furniture to tumble down in some homes near the epicenter. There were also reports of some gas and water line damage as well as scattered power outages. At a home in San Dimas, dozens of pictures flew off walls, a ladder fell and dented a car in garage and medicine cabinets flew open and emptied out. In Orange, a few miles to the east of the epicenter, patrons at a BJ's pub went from boisterous conversation to tense silence.
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NEWS
June 6, 1993
Two earthquakes shook Southern California Saturday, but neither caused major damage or any injuries. A 3.4 quake centered one mile north-northeast of Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County struck at 4:45 a.m. The temblor, an aftershock to last year's deadly Landers-Big Bear quakes, caused no injuries, authorities said. Power lines were severed on California 247 in Landers, state transportation officials said. The highway was closed briefly for repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014
An earthquake off the coast of California on Tuesday evening was upgraded by the U.S. Geological Survey to magnitude 5. The quake was originally reported as a magnitude 4.6 about 152 miles southwest of Catalina Island. The temblor occurred at 6:24 p.m. Pacific time. The depth was recorded at 8.1 miles. No damage was reported, and it appears not to have been felt on the mainland. ALSO: Disney 'very forthright' on cutting Boy Scouts funding over gay policy O.C. gets more than 1,000 concealed gun applications in just weeks Jimmy Kimmel pits Toronto Mayor Rob Ford against L.A.'s Eric Garcetti http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/#ixzz2v3lP0LrB   ALSO: Disney 'very forthright' on cutting Boy Scouts funding over gay policy O.C. gets more than 1,000 concealed gun applications in just weeks Jimmy Kimmel pits Toronto Mayor Rob Ford against L.A.'s Eric Garcetti
NEWS
September 24, 1989
Two minor earthquakes rattled Southern California but caused no damage or injuries, officials said. The first quake, with a magnitude of 2.9, hit at 12:19 p.m. about seven miles west of Rialto in San Bernardino County, said Hall Daily, spokesman at Caltech in Pasadena. The second quake came at 2:03 p.m., measured 2.4 and was centered three miles north of the Los Angeles Civic Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1992
There have been more than 25,000 earthquakes in Southern California in the two months since the magnitude 7.5 Landers and 6.6 Big Bear temblors of June 28, according to a report Thursday by Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey. Most quakes were too weak to feel, but more than a dozen were above magnitude 5.0, about 100 were above 4.0 and close to 1,000 were above 3.0, a Caltech aide said. The report said the aftershock sequence is expected to continue for at least several more months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1999 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER
Three minor earthquakes struck Southern California on Sunday afternoon, including one near the San Fernando Valley. No damage was reported. A magnitude 2.6 aftershock of the 1994 Northridge earthquake hit about 2:24 p.m. two miles northeast of the Valley, according to seismologist Bob Dollar at the U.S. Geological Survey at Caltech in Pasadena. "We've had no reports of any problems whatsoever," said Don Cox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
NEWS
May 14, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Arizona seismologist reports a 130- to 150-year link among strong earthquakes in Southern California, saying that the great 1857 Ft. Tejon temblor on the San Andreas Fault may have sent a pulse of underground strain moving about a mile a year and triggering eight successive quakes along the San Jacinto Fault. Writing in today's issue of Science, Christopher O. Sanders of Arizona State University says the latest quake in the series was a magnitude 6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1995 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Earthquake scientists at Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday that there were 3,818 recorded earthquakes in Southern California in the first quarter of 1995, the smallest number in any quarter since before the Joshua Tree-Landers-Big Bear earthquake sequence began three years ago. The quakes--which include tiny temblors less than magnitude 1.0 that cannot be felt--have been numerous enough so that scientists have not finished processing them into their official records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1996 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As $40 million in new federal housing loans were announced Sunday to aid Northridge earthquake victims, scientists reported that Southern California is in a period of "low seismicity." The announcement of funds for 1,675 more loans to facilitate quake recovery in single family and multifamily homes came in a Los Angeles news conference by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and Mayor Richard J. Riordan.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By David Zahniser
No immediate damage was reported Wednesday after a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck about two miles from Yorba Linda, authorities said. The quake, which hit at 1:31 p.m., was felt in Laguna Beach, Riverside and parts of Los Angeles, according to U.S. Geological Survey's " Did you feel it?" website. According to the USGS, the epicenter was five miles from Placentia, six miles from Chino Hills, eight miles from Anaheim and 29 miles from downtown Los Angeles. “It felt pretty big,” said Tawnya Villanueva, a stylist at the Jabez hair salon on Yorba Linda Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2001
The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a series of small aftershocks southeast of Hollister in the aftermath of a 4.7-magnitude earthquake Friday on the San Andreas fault. A 3.0 aftershock struck about 7:15 a.m. Sunday, the Geological Survey's Menlo Park office reported. No damage was reported in the rural area, officials said. Sunday's aftershock followed a series of gentle jolts Saturday, including a 3.7 shaker--all aftershocks to a 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A minor earthquake rattled the Southern California desert Saturday afternoon, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage. The magnitude-3.5 temblor struck at 4:05 p.m. and was centered 31 miles southeast of Palm Springs, according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey. "We didn't get any calls, but I did feel a quick jolt," said an operator at the Palm Springs emergency dispatch center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2001
Two moderate earthquakes struck four hours apart Thursday off the Southern California coast. Both were centered seven miles southeast of the southern tip of San Clemente Island, lightly shaking Orange and San Diego counties but doing no damage. Caltech seismologists said a magnitude 4.4 quake occurred at 11:04 a.m., followed by a 4.2 quake at 3:06 p.m. There also were two smaller quakes in the magnitude 3 range.
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April 15, 2001 | Associated Press
A small earthquake shook a sparsely populated area outside this southern Sierra Nevada town Saturday morning, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The temblor struck at 7:51 a.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 3.5, according to Caltech in Pasadena. The quake was centered about 25 miles north-northeast of Lake Isabella. There were no reports of damage or injury, said a dispatcher with the Kern County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake centered four miles northwest of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains rattled much of Southern California on Saturday, but damage was limited to a few fragile items on store shelves near the epicenter. The earthquake struck the mountain community at 1:05 p.m, according to Joe Franck, a seismologist at Caltech in Pasadena. The temblor was felt as far away as downtown Los Angeles, about 100 miles to the west, and San Diego, about 140 miles south.
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January 20, 1994 | JIM MURRAY
Well, my beloved L.A. burst its moorings. Went ape. Tired of being taken for granted. No more Mr. Nice Guy. Time to teach these strangers on the land a lesson. It was more than an earthquake. It was a moral reawakening, a terrible warning, God, or Nature, stepping on the anthill we call the world. Nothing can trivialize human behavior more than a natural catastrophe. This was the real Super Bowl. That other one's just a football game.
NEWS
March 18, 1998 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
The earthquake hazard facing Southern California may be substantially less severe than scientists had calculated, according to researchers who say that they have dispelled the notion of an earthquake deficit that would trigger a stream of catastrophic temblors in the next few decades. Based on a new analysis of the region's previous earthquakes, researchers from the U.S.
NEWS
November 30, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to rule on the constitutionality of a new state law that gives Northridge earthquake victims a year to reopen damage claims against insurance companies. The court gave no reason for declining to take the case. A lawyer for the insurance companies that had filed the petition seeking court action acknowledged it is rare for such requests to be granted. "It's very tough to get these. . . .
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