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July 8, 2010 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Kimi Yoshino and Andrew Blankstein
The moderate 5.4 magnitude earthquake that rolled through Southern California on Wednesday was probably triggered by the Mexicali temblor that hit Easter Sunday, seismologists said. Earthquake scientists' preliminary analysis had already shown that the 7.2 magnitude Baja California quake placed more pressure on at least two fault zones in Southern California — the Elsinore and the San Jacinto. Wednesday's earthquake, which caused no major damage, appeared to confirm that analysis.
February 21, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
A devastating 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Tuesday, killing at least 65 people and collapsing buildings onto victims, some of whom used their cellphones to frantically call for help, officials said. The earthquake, the second to hit the city since September, struck at 12:51 p.m. local time as the city center teemed with pedestrians. Several people were reportedly in the tower of the Christchurch Cathedral as its spire toppled. Local television showed bodies being pulled out of rubble; it was unclear whether any of them were alive.
July 9, 1986 | ROXANE ARNOLD and ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writers
The strongest earthquake to hit Southern California in seven years jolted this desert area early Tuesday, causing widespread power outages, buckling highways, triggering rock slides and swaying buildings from the Nevada state line to the Mexican border. Four people were hospitalized with earthquake-related injuries and a 96-year-old man was found dead in a recreational vehicle park in North Palm Springs. Authorities said, however, that the man may have died hours before the temblor hit.
March 11, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck Friday off the coast of Japan "is going to be among the top 10 earthquakes recorded since we have had seismographs," said seismologist Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena. "It's bigger than any known historic earthquake in Japan, and bigger than expectations for that area. " Geologists had expected the portion of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" that produced this quake to yield a temblor on the order of magnitude 8 or perhaps 8.5, she said.
April 24, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The earthquake may have measured only a 3.9, but it still could make history in Orange County. Monday's temblor, centered in the southern suburb of Laguna Niguel, could be the first measured on a fault discovered only 13 years ago and running along the coast from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa to San Juan Capistrano - close to the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The little-known fault - called the San Joaquin Hills thrust - is similar to the fault that triggered the deadly Northridge quake in the San Fernando Valley 18 years ago. Unlike the famous San Andreas fault, which can be seen on the surface, the fracture in the earth's crust that makes up the San Joaquin Hills thrust fault is entirely underground.
July 18, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
As UC Davis physicist and geologist John Rundle ponders the map of recent California earthquakes, he sees visions of a doughnut even Homer J. Simpson wouldn't like. The doughnut is formed by pinpointing the recent quakes near Eureka , Mexicali and Palm Springs. Seismologists call the possible pattern a Mogi doughnut. It's the outgrowth of a concept, developed in Japan, which holds that earthquakes sometimes occur in a circular pattern over decades —building up to one very large quake in the doughnut hole.
March 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Richie Duchon
The magnitude 6.9 earthquake that rattled Northern California on Sunday was the state's largest temblor in nearly a decade. But it caused no damage or injuries. That's because the quake was centered 50 miles off the coast of Eureka and occurred at a depth of "10 miles beneath the Pacific seabed," according to the U.S. Geological Survey. By the time the seismic energy reached the shore, it had dissipated significantly. The USGS said the North Coast felt only moderate to light shaking.
January 12, 2010 | By Ari B. Bloomekatz
Old Town Eureka lies off the serene waterfront of Humboldt Bay across from Woodley Island and is filled with antique stores, art galleries, coffee shops and fine seafood restaurants. But every so often, as all Eurekans know, the ground shakes and the historic buildings in Old Town -- many of which have posted red signs warning of "unreinforced masonry" on their storefronts -- take a hit. It happened in Eureka in 1980. And in 1992. And in 1994. And again Saturday afternoon, when a 6.5 temblor hit. Windows and ceilings cracked.
September 24, 1995 | JOHN RICE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
At 7:19 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1985, the ancient lake bed beneath one of the world's great cities began to quiver like a bowl of jelly--rocking to the rhythm of an earthquake 250 miles away on the Pacific Coast. Maria de la Luz Calderon rode the seismic waves that rolled through her apartment building. She watched the walls crack, the ceiling break and, like uncounted others, she fled to the streets. A decade later, she remains there more or less, living in a camp of tin shelters with other quake victims, staying with six children in a 13-by-13-foot metal room divided into two rooms with a piece of cloth, sharing kitchens and bathrooms with about 30 other families.
May 29, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A moderate 4.8 earthquake off the Santa Barbara coast Wednesday was felt over a wide swath of California, from the Central Coast to Los Angeles County, but no damage was reported. The temblor struck at 7:38 a.m. about five miles west of UC Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara area is home to a number of earthquake faults, the largest of which is the Santa Ynez fault, which is 80 miles long and runs just north of the city. That fault is believed to be capable of triggering an earthquake as powerful as 7.5. People closest to the epicenter felt moderate shaking, but the only effects reported were the falling of a few photo frames.
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