August 12, 2012 |
TEHRAN - - More than 180 people were reported killed and 1,300 injured Saturday when twin earthquakes struck mountainous northwestern Iran, sending entire villages crashing to the ground. The earthquakes, one of them measuring magnitude 6.4, struck the sparsely populated region Saturday afternoon, and as rescue efforts continued through the night, some officials said the number of dead could rise markedly. Naser Zagar, who heads the coroner's office in the town of Ahar, near the epicenter, told Iran's official news agency IRNA that 35 people had been killed there and that the toll could rise to 40 times that number.
March 21, 2012 |
A powerful and prolonged earthquake rocked Mexico on Tuesday, toppling houses near the epicenter in the south, cracking building facades in this sprawling capital and briefly terrifying a population well schooled in natural disasters. Despite the quake's 7.4 magnitude, however, there were no reports of serious injury, according to President Felipe Calderon and officials across the country. Aftershocks rattled the area through the rest of the day. "This is one of the strongest we've ever felt," said Calderon, who urged Mexicans to remain calm.
September 19, 2011 |
Rain, landslides and severed communications hampered rescue efforts Monday hours after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit northeastern India, Nepal and Tibet, killing at least 40 people and injuring hundreds. With many roads to the epicenter area in India's northeastern Sikkim state cut off, experts said they expected the death toll to rise once emergency workers reach isolated communities in coming hours and days. Working in the Himalayan state's favor is its relatively few residents, about 500,000, making it India's least populated.
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September 2, 2011 |
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake fluttered through much of Southern California on Thursday afternoon, the largest quake to be felt in the Los Angeles area in more than a year. But the shaking was so soft many people just carried on with their day. "Just a rolly," said an operator at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, two miles southeast of the epicenter in the San Gabriel Mountains. "It didn't even move my chair. " "There was no screaming out that I was aware of," said Joe Keys, a hospital assistant administrator, who described the quake as lasting only a few seconds.
March 16, 2011 |
The New York Times characterizes the tsunami that struck coastal Japan as "murderous," while a friend writes that "Planet Earth is an unfriendly place. " I rode out the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in my seventh-floor apartment in San Francisco, which experience instilled in me an appropriate terror and respect for the fluidity of so-called terra firma. The epicenter of that 6.1 earthquake was located far from my home ? from which I infer that I can only imagine the power and trauma of a 9.0 quake centered close to the Japanese coast.
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February 20, 2011 |
Today, if you wanted to rub shoulders with prominent thinkers, writers and entertainers, you'd probably try to wangle an invitation to one of Arianna Huffington's salons at her Brentwood mansion. In the early 1900s, however, you'd head to the home of Charles Fletcher Lummis in what is now Highland Park. Lummis, a prolific writer, champion of the Southwest and, for a while, Los Angeles' head librarian, played host to some of the biggest movers and shakers of his time, including humorist Will Rogers, naturalist John Muir, attorney Clarence Darrow and composer John Philip Sousa.