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April 2, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Wednesday off Chile's northern coast, the second powerful temblor to hit the area in 24 hours. Tsunami warnings initially issued for Chile and Peru were canceled about 45 minutes after the quake hit shortly before midnight local time. No warnings were in place for California, the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii.  Officials said the temblor's epicenter was 12 miles from the port city of Iquique, much closer than Tuesday's 8.2 quake, which was 60 miles away from that city.  At least six died in Tuesday's quake, which caused minor wave action on the California coast that could continue into Thursday.
April 2, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A lightning strike in Sunland left more than 700 people without electricity Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said.  The outage was reported Wednesday around 3 p.m. after lines were knocked down by the lightning, officials said. Television news footage showed downed lines near Sunland Boulevard and Oro Vista Avenue. The DPW said on its Twitter account Wednesday night that crews were working as quickly as possible to restore power in the area.
April 2, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Twenty picketers were arrested Wednesday for blocking traffic at UC Santa Cruz as unionized teaching assistants and tutors began a strike at two UC campuses. The walkout at Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley is expected to extend for a second day Thursday and include the system's other seven undergraduate campuses as well, union leaders said. The United Auto Workers Local 2865 - which represents about 13,000 teaching assistants, tutors and readers - called the strike to protest what it said were unfair labor practices and intimidation by UC administrators.
April 1, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Monday evening 13 miles from Soledad, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:41 p.m. PDT at a depth of 3.7 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 18 miles from Greenfield, 21 miles from Hollister, 26 miles from Salinas and 137 miles from Sacramento. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes 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.
April 1, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports, This post has been updated to reflect recent developments.
SANTIAGO, Chile - A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific off Chile's northern region, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of Iquique, Chile, at 8:46 p.m. It hit in an area that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks. The latest tremor shook buildings in parts of the nearby nations of Bolivia and Peru.
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.
March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Five airline pilots reported that their planes were struck by lightning as rain fell in the Bay Area, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday night. The strikes were reported around San Francisco International Airport during a roughly half-hour period that began at 12:15 p.m. Monday, said Ian Gregor, FAA spokesman in Los Angeles. None of the pilots reported damage or requested special assistance, he said. The planes were from Alaska, Horizon, United and United Arab Emirates airlines, the agency said.
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