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May 5, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A strong earthquake hit China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The magnitude 5.8 quake occurred at 11:44 p.m. Sunday between Jiashi and Bachu counties on the edge of the Taklimakan Desert about 1,800 miles west of Beijing, the official New China News Agency said. The same area was hit by a powerful temblor Feb. 24 that killed 268 people.
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October 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Concrete structures may look sturdy and durable, but the ones built without steel reinforcing bars, known as rebar, are actually brittle and run the risk of collapsing in a strong earthquake. That's a problem Los Angeles cannot continue to ignore. Building codes in the city were changed after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake to require that all concrete buildings be constructed with more steel support. That law went into effect in 1976. Another law requires that owners changing the use of an old building must meet up-to-date seismic standards, including those for concrete.
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NEWS
May 13, 1990 | Associated Press
A strong earthquake shook Sakhalin Island in the eastern Soviet Union on Saturday. No injuries or serious damage were reported. The temblor overturned furniture in homes on the sparsely populated island and was felt 900 miles to the south in northern Japan, according to Japan's Central Meteorological Agency. Meteorologists in Japan said the quake had a magnitude of 7.7 and struck deep below the eastern coast of Sakhalin. The U.S. Geological Survey in Washington said the temblor measured 6.7.
WORLD
April 20, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- A strong earthquake struck China's mountainous Sichuan province Saturday morning, leaving at least 156 people dead and more than 3,000 injured. Chinese authorities assessed the magnitude of the quake at 7.0, while the U.S. Geological Survey reported 6.6. Although nowhere near as powerful in magnitude, the tremor evoked memories of the great earthquake almost exactly five years ago along the same fault line that killed almost 90,000. The earthquake's epicenter was about 80 miles southwest of the provincial capital of Chengdu, in Lushan county near the city of Ya'an.
NEWS
May 23, 1988 | Associated Press
A strong earthquake rocked the western Greek island of Cephalonia on Sunday and triggered a landslide near the main town of Argostoli, police said. There were no reports of casualties or building damage, but the quake "shook everybody awake this morning," said a police officer on the island, who spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with Greek practice. The Athens Seismological Institute said the quake registered 5.5 on the Richter scale and struck at 6:44 a.m.
NEWS
May 10, 1985 | Associated Press
The U.S. Geological Survey said a strong earthquake followed by two sharp aftershocks occurred Thursday in the Rat Islands area of the Aleutians, a sparsely populated chain of islands jutting into the Pacific Ocean off Alaska. The main temblor was recorded at a magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale and the aftershocks measured 5.5, according to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center.
NEWS
October 24, 1995 | Times Wire Services
A strong earthquake with numerous aftershocks jolted the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan this morning, and at least 14 people were reported killed. The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, struck at 6:46 a.m., China's Central Seismology Bureau said. The temblor was centered 35 miles northwest of the provincial capital of Kunming, about 1,300 miles southwest of Beijing, said a seismologist who identified himself only by his surname, Ma.
NEWS
October 10, 1994 | Times Wire Services
A strong earthquake shook a remote region in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, injuring 25 people and damaging scores of buildings. Terrified people ran into the streets after the quake, said Rahmat, a resident on the island of Bacan. The quake's epicenter was about 135 miles south of the regional capital of Ternate, said Ariyo Fauzi of Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysical Agency. The quake struck at 6:44 a.m. local time. The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.
OPINION
October 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Concrete structures may look sturdy and durable, but the ones built without steel reinforcing bars, known as rebar, are actually brittle and run the risk of collapsing in a strong earthquake. That's a problem Los Angeles cannot continue to ignore. Building codes in the city were changed after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake to require that all concrete buildings be constructed with more steel support. That law went into effect in 1976. Another law requires that owners changing the use of an old building must meet up-to-date seismic standards, including those for concrete.
NEWS
August 15, 1990 | Associated Press
A strong earthquake shook northeastern Taiwan on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, authorities said.
WORLD
April 20, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
Reporting from Beijing --  A strong earthquake struck China's mountainous Sichuan province  Saturday morning, leaving at least 113 people dead and more than 3,000 injured. Chinese authorities assessed the magnitude of the quake at 7.0, while the U.S. Geological Survey reported 6.6. Although nowhere near in magnitude, the tremor evoked troubling memories of the great earthquake almost exactly five years ago along the same fault line that killed almost 90,000. The earthquake's epicenter was about 80 miles southwest of the provincial capital of Chengdu, in Lushan country near the city of Ya'an.
OPINION
February 7, 2013
Re "Warning: It's a quake," Editorial, Feb. 3 One of the principal advocates for developing an early earthquake warning system, a geologist in California, once said: "Earthquakes don't kill people; buildings kill people. " In light of that statement, it is disingenuous to ask for state funds to upgrade the existing California Integrated Seismic Network without addressing falling buildings. Since the Sylmar earthquake in 1971, the state has installed large arrays of strong-motion seismic stations to study earthquake mechanisms and characteristics.
WORLD
November 15, 2012 | By Daniel Hernandez
A strong earthquake rattled central Mexico , causing some residential buildings in Mexico City to sway like boats on a river. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, as he does routinely, turned to Twitter. " Tenemossismo ," Ebrard tweeted at 3:23 a.m. Wednesday, translated as, "We have an earthquake," but without any spacing. The mayor diligently continued tweeting the news: no injuries, no major damages, all transportation systems working normally. As it turned out, Ebrard's missing-space tweet was reposted more than 5,800 times in less than a day and sparked an avalanche of jokes and instant digital images  gently mocking  the mayor.
NEWS
May 9, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Kenji Hall, Los Angeles Times
A Japanese utility agreed Monday to take its reactors off-line at a seaside nuclear power plant, just days after Prime Minister Naoto Kan called for the shutdown over concerns that a strong earthquake and tsunami could provoke another nuclear crisis. Board members of the Chubu Electric Power Co., Japan's third-largest electric supplier, met behind closed doors over the weekend before announcing late Monday that the utility would temporarily shut down the three reactors at its Hamaoka facility not far from Nagoya.
TRAVEL
May 3, 2009 | Henry Chu; ASSOCIATED PRESS
1 Britain He's Henry the VIII, he is, he is -- and these days he's everywhere you look in Britain. The Tudor king of portly proportions, military mien and consecutive conjugality ascended to the throne 500 years ago last month, and the present-day subjects of his domain are marking the event throughout the spring and summer.
WORLD
January 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A strong earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan, rattling the capital, Kabul, for about a minute. The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and was centered in the northeastern province of Badakhshan in the Hindu Kush mountains. The area, about 160 miles from Kabul, is often hit by earthquakes but is sparsely populated.
WORLD
March 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Aftershocks jolted the west coast of central Japan today, keeping residents on edge one day after a strong earthquake killed one person, injured nearly 200 and flattened 68 homes. Sunday morning's magnitude 6.9 quake, which struck the Noto peninsula, about 190 miles west of Tokyo, also buckled roads, triggered landslides and cut off water and electricity to thousands of homes. A magnitude 5.3 tremor, one of some 175 aftershocks, struck early today.
WORLD
September 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two powerful earthquakes hit off western Japan, injuring 38 people and swaying buildings nearly 300 miles away in Tokyo. Strong aftershocks followed the initial temblors of magnitude 6.9 and 7.3. The quake was felt the strongest in sparsely populated areas of southwestern Wakayama prefecture, and a few broken bones were the worst injuries reported. A tsunami warning was issued, but the highest wave recorded was only 3 feet.
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