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April 1, 2014 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - A shallow and powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake rocked Chile's northern coast Tuesday, sparking fires, churning up high waves, causing landslides and cutting power for thousands of people. A fireman and an elderly heart attack victim were among five people reported dead from the quake, but authorities had yet to assess widespread damage. Evacuations were ordered in expectation of waves as high as 16 feet along the Pacific coast of Chile, neighboring Peru and elsewhere.
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NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 2.7 earthquake was reported Monday morning one mile from La Habra, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:17 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was one mile from Brea, three miles from Rowland Heights and three miles from Fullerton. In the last 10 days, there have been nine earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey were advising Southern California residents Monday evening about a hoax letter that is warning of an "impending large quake. " The letter with the agency's logo was apparently being sent to residents in Orange County, urging them to be prepared for a large quake. "California is issuing a statewide warning," the letter states. The agency advises residents to check the USGS website for the latest earthquake information. The letter comes in the wake of Friday's 5.1 magnitude temblor centered in La Habra.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Three north Orange County cities scrambled Monday to reopen roads and buildings following a magnitude 5.1 quake that snapped water lines, damaged chimneys and left a well-traveled thoroughfare covered in dirt and boulders. Still, as the workweek began and the extent of damage came into sharper focus, city officials said it appeared the cities along the Los Angeles County border had been lightly touched despite the size of the quake and the continuing aftershocks. The biggest concern was Carbon Canyon Road, which remained closed Monday as a result of a rock slide Friday, said Anna Cave, emergency preparedness coordinator in Brea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
On Monday northern Orange County cities were working on reopening roads and buildings that sustained damage from last week's 5.1 earthquake. Buildings in Brea didn't suffer any significant structural damage, said Anna Cave, emergency preparedness coordinator. Most of the calls the city received from residents were for walls or chimneys. Their biggest concern was Carbon Canyon Road, which remained closed Monday as a result of a rock slide on Friday, Cave said. The Brea road, used by an estimated 21,000 commuters a day, was expected to open at 4 a.m. Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals. But it was an event on social media, which transmitted stories and images of the quake and its many aftershocks with a speed and breadth that left seismologists and emergency personnel taking notice. The first signs of damage came not from authorities but from residents posting photos on Facebook of broken dishes and fallen cabinets.
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