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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1987 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
Scientists have long been frustrated in their efforts to study one of the leading causes of damage from an earthquake because they always arrive on the scene too late. During a major quake, some soils assume the physical characteristics of liquid in a process called liquefaction. That leads to what scientists call "ground failure," where the ground becomes so unstable that structures built upon it collapse.
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February 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
The site of one of scientists' most important earthquake prediction experiments, in Parkfield, Calif., was rattled by a magnitude 4.0 temblor Friday. No damage or injuries were reported from the moderate quake, which struck at 7:26 a.m. It was centered 6.6 miles deep and five miles northwest of the sparsely populated hamlet in southeastern Monterey County. No aftershocks were detected.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, having put Central California on alert for a strong earthquake near the hamlet of Parkfield, on Monday downgraded the chance that a magnitude 6 quake will occur by early Wednesday morning. They said the probability had fallen to 1 in 8, and would fall to 1 in 20 if no such quake occurred by this morning. The assessment represented a major change from Sunday, when after a swarm of 25 temblors--the strongest a moderate 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, having put Central California on alert for a strong earthquake near the hamlet of Parkfield, on Monday downgraded the chance that a magnitude 6 quake will occur by early Wednesday morning. They said the probability had fallen to 1 in 8, and would fall to 1 in 20 if no such quake occurred by this morning. The assessment represented a major change from Sunday, when after a swarm of 25 temblors--the strongest a moderate 4.
NEWS
May 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists say the long-awaited Parkfield earthquake should hit Central California sometime within the next two years, most likely around March, 1991. Parkfield, which straddles the San Andreas Fault east of San Luis Obispo, has had moderate quakes about every 22 years, and the area has been heavily instrumented by scientists who hope to learn much about what happens before, during and after a temblor. The last quake hit in 1966. The quakes usually have a magnitude of about 5.
NEWS
October 23, 1992 | KENNETH REICH and JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The director of the state Office of Emergency Services said Thursday that even if no earthquake shakes the hamlet of Parkfield, this week's prediction experiment was overwhelmingly positive and in similar circumstances such an alert would be issued again. On Monday night, after a magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck near Parkfield in Monterey County, the state and the U.S.
NEWS
October 27, 1992
After last week's false alarm, Parkfield is rumbling again, and scientists say there is a renewed--but smaller--chance that a long-predicted magnitude 6 earthquake will strike soon along a much-monitored portion of the San Andreas Fault. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a Level B alert early Monday, after six small earthquakes rattled Middle Mountain, just northwest of the Central California ranching town. The largest, a magnitude 3.9, struck at 11:27 p.m. Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1988 | MICHAEL BOWKER
In 1985, the U.S. Geological Survey issued what it calls "the first officially accepted earthquake prediction in the United States." The prediction said an earthquake registering 6.0 on the Richter scale is expected to occur along the San Andreas Fault near the Monterey County town of Parkfield before 1993. An earthquake of a similar magnitude has occurred in that area about every 22 years, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
NEWS
February 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
The site of one of scientists' most important earthquake prediction experiments, in Parkfield, Calif., was rattled by a magnitude 4.0 temblor Friday. No damage or injuries were reported from the moderate quake, which struck at 7:26 a.m. It was centered 6.6 miles deep and five miles northwest of the sparsely populated hamlet in southeastern Monterey County. No aftershocks were detected.
NEWS
October 22, 1992 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Parkfield Cafe in this tiny ranch town tucked inside the Coast Range, scientists and reporters huddle like a pack of expectant fathers. Townsfolk eye them warily. Never have so many strangers gathered in such a small spot to wait for--even root for--the earth to shake. They started to overrun this hamlet on the San Andreas Fault at midnight Monday, shortly after a 4.
NEWS
November 15, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal and state authorities issued their highest earthquake alert Sunday for a seven-county area surrounding the Central California hamlet of Parkfield, warning there is "about a one-in-three chance" of a strong magnitude 6 quake occurring on the San Andreas Fault by early Wednesday. It was only the second time in California's eight-year experiment with formal earthquake predictions that a level "A" alert has been issued.
NEWS
October 27, 1992
After last week's false alarm, Parkfield is rumbling again, and scientists say there is a renewed--but smaller--chance that a long-predicted magnitude 6 earthquake will strike soon along a much-monitored portion of the San Andreas Fault. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a Level B alert early Monday, after six small earthquakes rattled Middle Mountain, just northwest of the Central California ranching town. The largest, a magnitude 3.9, struck at 11:27 p.m. Sunday.
NEWS
October 23, 1992 | KENNETH REICH and JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The director of the state Office of Emergency Services said Thursday that even if no earthquake shakes the hamlet of Parkfield, this week's prediction experiment was overwhelmingly positive and in similar circumstances such an alert would be issued again. On Monday night, after a magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck near Parkfield in Monterey County, the state and the U.S.
NEWS
October 22, 1992 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Parkfield Cafe in this tiny ranch town tucked inside the Coast Range, scientists and reporters huddle like a pack of expectant fathers. Townsfolk eye them warily. Never have so many strangers gathered in such a small spot to wait for--even root for--the earth to shake. They started to overrun this hamlet on the San Andreas Fault at midnight Monday, shortly after a 4.
NEWS
May 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists say the long-awaited Parkfield earthquake should hit Central California sometime within the next two years, most likely around March, 1991. Parkfield, which straddles the San Andreas Fault east of San Luis Obispo, has had moderate quakes about every 22 years, and the area has been heavily instrumented by scientists who hope to learn much about what happens before, during and after a temblor. The last quake hit in 1966. The quakes usually have a magnitude of about 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1988 | MICHAEL BOWKER
In 1985, the U.S. Geological Survey issued what it calls "the first officially accepted earthquake prediction in the United States." The prediction said an earthquake registering 6.0 on the Richter scale is expected to occur along the San Andreas Fault near the Monterey County town of Parkfield before 1993. An earthquake of a similar magnitude has occurred in that area about every 22 years, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
NEWS
November 15, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal and state authorities issued their highest earthquake alert Sunday for a seven-county area surrounding the Central California hamlet of Parkfield, warning there is "about a one-in-three chance" of a strong magnitude 6 quake occurring on the San Andreas Fault by early Wednesday. It was only the second time in California's eight-year experiment with formal earthquake predictions that a level "A" alert has been issued.
TRAVEL
February 28, 1999 | ANNE BEATTS, Anne Beatts is a Hollywood-based freelance writer
If you're trying to find Parkfield, it's slightly to the left of James Dean's death site. Literally. Parkfield is 17 bumpy miles north (on a narrow one-lane road) of the spot on California 46 where Dean's fatal crash occurred, between Paso Robles and Bakersfield. The crash site is just east of the James Dean memorial in the tiny blink-and-you-miss-it town of Cholame (pronounced Sha-LAM).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1987 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
Scientists have long been frustrated in their efforts to study one of the leading causes of damage from an earthquake because they always arrive on the scene too late. During a major quake, some soils assume the physical characteristics of liquid in a process called liquefaction. That leads to what scientists call "ground failure," where the ground becomes so unstable that structures built upon it collapse.
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