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Schools Get Tested On Their Earthquake Safety, With Kids’ Help

California is taking measures to determine the threat of earthquakes on its schools.

December 15, 2015
Nepal, Earthquake, World News, Recovery, Search Effort, Natural Disaster

Aftershocks Keep Nepalese On Edge, But Rescue Provides Glint Of Hope

Rescue operations and community rebuilding in Nepal are on edge as aftershocks rumble the devasted area.

April 30, 2015
Nepal, Earthquake, World News, Recovery, Search Effort, Natural Disaster

Search Efforts Continue As Death Toll For Nepal’s Earthquake Tops 4,600

Notes from the recovery effort following the earthquake in Nepal.

April 29, 2015

Obama Issues Disaster Declaration For Napa Quake

By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times President Barack Obama declared California a major disaster site Thursday, unlocking federal funds for recovery efforts in the areas affected by the 6.0-magnitude earthquake near Napa last month. The Aug. 24 quake resulted in one fatality and more than 280 injuries, devastated more than 100 wineries, and damaged at […]

September 12, 2014

Napa Earthquake: Damage Assessment Won’t Come Easy

By David DeBolt, San Jose Mercury News NAPA, Calif. — Power is back on citywide, business is trickling back into downtown, and the first day of school arrives Wednesday. As life in some sense returns to the North Bay after Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake and the subsequent days of emergency recovery, residents in Napa, Vallejo and American […]

August 27, 2014

The Vast Majority Of Californians Shun Quake Insurance

By Steve Johnson, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — Despite California’s ever-present risk of major earthquakes, the number of homeowners in the state with insurance coverage for quake damage has dipped significantly over the last several decades, from 33 percent in 1996 to just 10 percent today. The reason, say experts and some […]

August 26, 2014

Napa Valley, Shaking Off Earthquake, Says It’s Open For Business

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times Only hours after the shaking stopped from the biggest quake to hit Napa Valley in 25 years, the phones at Mike Noel’s Napa, Calif., travel agency began to ring. Anxious clients wondered whether the magnitude 6.0 shaker would derail their visit. “I’ve been telling them that it’s business as […]

August 26, 2014

Napa Earthquake: Power Restored To Thousands; Cleanup Continues

Los Angeles Times Power has been restored to nearly all of the approximately 70,000 customers in Napa County whose lights went out after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck early Sunday, utility officials said Monday. The approximately 150 customers who remained without power were expected to have their service restored later Monday morning, according to Pacific […]

August 25, 2014

China Quake Toll Rises To 615; Muddy Noodles Open Army To Scrutiny

By Los Angeles Times staff BEIJING — It was framed as a feel-good story about the sacrifice and toughness of Chinese soldiers: Troops who rushed to the site of a deadly earthquake in the southern province of Yunnan resorted to using muddy water to boil their instant noodles in the disaster zone. But the photo-op […]

August 7, 2014

Collapse Of Buildings In China Quake Renews Fears Of Poor Construction

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — Heavy rains on Monday complicated rescue efforts in south China’s mountainous Yunnan province, where a major earthquake Sunday killed at least 398 people and injured more than 2,000 others. Roads were blocked and telecommunications down in and around the Lubian County town of Longtoushan, 277 miles northeast […]

August 4, 2014

Rescuers Race To Find Survivors After 400 Die In China Quake

Zhaotong (China) (AFP) – An intense rescue operation was under way in China Monday after an earthquake killed at least 381 people and injured thousands more, leaving scenes of devastation across a mountainous area. More than 12,000 houses collapsed and 30,000 were damaged in the quake zone in the southwestern province of Yunnan, China’s official […]

August 4, 2014

Powerful Quake Jolts Mexico And Central America; At Least Four Killed

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake jolted a wide section of southern Mexico and Central America early Monday, killing at least four people and damaging dozens of buildings in Guatemala. The 6.9 quake was felt as far north as Mexico City, through central Guatemala and as far south as […]

July 7, 2014

Earthquake Cluster Likely To Strike San Francisco Bay Area, Scientists Say

By Becky Bach, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Bay Area’s Big One will still be plenty big, but it might not be just one, according to a study released Monday by U.S. Geological Survey scientists. A flurry of midsized quakes is more likely to strike the San Francsico Bay Area rather than […]

May 20, 2014

Washington Monument Reopens Monday After Post-Earthquake Repairs

By Lalita Clozel, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Washington Monument will emerge bruised but not broken for its reopening Monday, when visitors will once again zip up on the elevators of the capital’s tallest attraction. The 555-foot obelisk has been closed since August 2011, when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake chipped and unsettled some of […]

May 12, 2014

Mexico Hit By 6.4-Magnitude Earthquake

By Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times MEXICO CITY — A shallow earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 rattled Mexico City and other parts of the country Thursday, sending people running into the streets. The temblor struck near the southwestern Mexican city of Tecpan de Galeana, about 60 miles northwest of Acapulco, according to the U.S. […]

May 8, 2014

Wide Area Of Mexico Hit By Earthquake; Preliminary Magnitude Put At 7.2

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake shook a wide area of Mexico on Friday, terrifying residents and sending many fleeing into the streets. There were no initial reports of injuries and only minor damage in the capital, though information from elsewhere in central Mexico was still coming in. The U.S. […]

April 18, 2014

Ohio Finds Probable Link Between Fracking, Quakes

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times Ohio geologists have found a probable connection between fracking and several mild earthquakes in a region that had never experienced a temblor until recently, according to a state report. The report, which coincided with Ohio’s announcement of some of the nation’s strictest limits on fracking near faults, marked the strongest […]

April 14, 2014

8.2 Earthquake Hits Chile; Pacific Tsunami Warning Spurs Evacuations

By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times 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, […]

April 2, 2014

8.2 Earthquake Hits Chile; Pacific Tsunami Warning Spurs Evacuations

By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times 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, […]

April 2, 2014

Southern California’s 5.1 Earthquake Jolted Social Media

By Hector Becerra and Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — 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 […]

April 1, 2014

USGS: Magnitude 4.4 Quake Hits Near Los Angeles

Los Angeles (AFP) – The city of Los Angeles was awoken just before dawn on Monday by a relatively powerful magnitude 4.4 earthquake, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Residents of the Hollywood neighborhood said they were shaken by the quake, which lasted just a few seconds. Burglar alarms went off but there […]

March 17, 2014

6.9 Earthquake Strikes Off Northern California Coast

By Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred off the coast of Eureka in Northern California on Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The temblor hit at 10:18 p.m. PDT 50 miles west of Eureka in Humboldt County. According to the USGS, the earthquake was felt over a […]

March 10, 2014