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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2003 | Sally Ann Connell, Times Staff Writer
As San Luis Obispo County officials estimated Friday that damage from this week's magnitude 6.5 earthquake that shook the Central Coast will top $200 million, owners of even the smallest businesses here were sweeping up, digging out, and trying to get back on their feet.
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February 17, 2002 | JOHN SEEWER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Hector Castro isn't much different from other 12-year-old boys. He loves basketball, swimming and fishing. And he wants to be tall. "I want to be very tall," Hector told the doctor who made his new legs. Hector left his home in El Salvador to get artificial legs in the United States. He was severely burned down his back and legs in an earthquake that devastated his country a year ago. Doctors there had to amputate both legs.
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March 2, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The $37,000 Lino Tagliapiatra green glass sculpture sits on a tarp among a dozen other irreplaceable works of art--a kind of triage center for the broken pieces--in a corner of one of downtown Seattle's largest galleries. William Traver, the gallery owner, estimates his losses at between $300,000 and $400,000. But he, like most businesses and homeowners in Seattle, does not have earthquake insurance. "Here, we live with this constant danger of earthquakes," Traver said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2001
Young dance phenomenon Sharanya Mukhopadhyay of Yorba Linda and Rittika Roy of Diamond Bar will perform in the Odissi style of Indian dancing as part of a fund-raising effort to benefit victims of the recent earthquake in India. Their concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Federation of Hindus Assn. Temple, 1673 Maple Hill Road, in Diamond Bar. Donations will be matched by Intel Corp. All proceeds will go to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. (714) 777-5782.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2001 | VIVIAN LETRAN
Victims of the 7.6-magnitude earthquake in El Salvador will soon receive direct relief from a local art gallery and community activists in Santa Ana. La Galleria president and owner Rene Mancia and director Omar Perez raised $1,400 through door-to-door donations and a silent art auction last week to help buy corn, rice, beans and tortillas.
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February 5, 2001 | Reuters
A teenager was pulled alive from a well more than a week after India's earthquake killed as many as 30,000 people, witnesses said Sunday. Arjun Bhai, 17, was found Saturday in a village near the flattened western Indian town of Bhachau, neighbor Usha Ben said. "We discovered he was in there when he started throwing stones," she said. "He thought [the earthquake] was a bomb and ran into a shed by the well, and the shed fell into the well."
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January 31, 2001 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For four days, Kunal Doshi was trapped naked in rubble up to his neck. But he refused to give up, so his rescuers knew they had to try everything to pull him free. They finally saved the 15-year-old boy in the early morning darkness Tuesday after Indian army surgeon Lt. Col. Prem Singh Bhandari did what other doctors could not. He amputated Kunal's leg with a large knife, a hammer, a chisel and a carpenter's saw, working in a space not much bigger than a large drawer in the boy's concrete tomb.
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January 30, 2001 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To Hindus, death is another step in the endless cycle of life. Throughout each day and night in a sandy lot in the middle of this ruined city, crackling funeral pyres release dozens of souls to be reborn. The funeral site's caretaker is Devsi Raja Mumna Patel. He is 72 years old, a drawling, illiterate man who has learned much about life during 20 years cremating the dead. "There will be many more ghosts after this," he said Monday. "But I won't be afraid.
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January 29, 2001 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kneeling in the dirt by a busy roadside, in a cloud of dust and oily diesel exhaust, Dr. Rakesh Shah was long past worrying about hygiene as he treated a woman whose pelvis was crushed in India's devastating earthquake. He was just trying to see straight enough in the dark to insert a catheter in the right place. Three men held flashlights over his shoulder, but the beams were so dim that he did better waiting for the headlights of another truck in the traffic passing just a few yards away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2001 | KATIE COOPER
A group of Newbury Park High School students is collecting cash contributions on behalf of victims of the earthquake in El Salvador on Jan. 13. The Latin American Students Assn. is accepting monetary help rather than food and clothing, because roads and airports in the Central American country have been damaged and access to disaster victims is limited.
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