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November 15, 1985 | Associated Press
An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale occurred Thursday in the Pacific Ocean off the Alaska pensinsula, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. No damage or injuries were reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
El Niño, nature's most powerful influence on weather around the globe, has been in a lull for two years. But indications suggest that could change as early as fall. Since spring 2012, the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean has not warmed enough to create an El Niño. Nor has it cooled to form a La Niña. Instead, it has lingered in an in-between state some experts call "La Nada. " Though it is too early to predict with much certainty, scientists say their observations and computer models show increasing signs of El Niño's return, which might portend more rain for California.
SCIENCE
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A weather-altering El Niño is increasingly likely to develop in the Pacific Ocean later this year, according to a U.S. government forecast issued Thursday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists now believe an El Niño has a 66% chance of forming by this winter. If the prediction materializes and the influential climate pattern sets in, it could bring wetter weather to California and the southern U.S., suppress the Atlantic hurricane season and compound global warming by boosting temperatures in 2015.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
City Councilman Bill Rosendahl called Tuesday for a law that would protect neighborhood views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains and other natural resources. City planners are expected to draft a proposed law within 60 days. Rosendahl, who made a campaign promise to seek such an ordinance, said that "long-held and precious vistas of the ocean and the mountains are threatened by overdevelopment."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheriff's officials suspended a search late Monday for a Camarillo teen missing from a boat that capsized three days earlier in the Pacific Ocean, saying they were uncertain whether rescue efforts would be resumed today. Capt. Tom Convery said that if foggy, rainy weather and high waves continue, attempts to find William Schneider, 18, might have to be delayed.
NEWS
March 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A British rower completed an 8,060-mile crossing of the Pacific Ocean in dramatic fashion when he was thrown from his boat as he neared Australia and was forced to swim the final 200 yards in heavy surf. Jim Shekhdar, 54, began his journey in Peru last June. He is the only person known to have crossed the Pacific in a rowboat without assistance.
WORLD
April 9, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Japan readied its missile defense systems Tuesday against a possible North Korean weapons test, saying it would shoot down any missiles or debris if Japanese territory was threatened. Patriot anti-missile batteries were deployed on the grounds of the Defense Ministry in Tokyo and at military installations in and around the capital, according to Japanese news reports. The PAC-3 batteries will also be based on the island of Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. troops in Japan, sooner than planned in response to North Korea's threats, the Asahi Shimbun reported . Deploying the anti-missile system in Tokyo is “part of our moves to establish a system to protect the lives of our citizens and ensure their safety,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference, according to Jiji Press . Suga earlier said that the missiles will be used solely to protect Japan, according to the Japan Times . Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed for Japan to reinterpret its constitution, which bans waging war, to allow Japan to intercept missiles fired at United States targets.
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