April 20, 2013 |
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.
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.
November 15, 2012 |
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.
May 9, 2011 |
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.
May 3, 2009 |
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.
January 4, 2009 |
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.