Thursday, July 31, 2008

CENTRAL AMERICA RECENT QUAKES

4.6 Mb - NEAR COAST OF GUATEMALA
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.6 Mb
Date-Time
31 Jul 2008 09:33:52 UTC
31 Jul 2008 03:33:52 near epicenter
31 Jul 2008 03:33:52 standard time in your timezone
Location
13.633N 90.704W
Depth
47 km
Distances
75 km (46 miles) S (174 degrees) of Escuintla, Escuintla, Guatemala
84 km (52 miles) SSE (157 degrees) of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla, Guatemala
84 km (52 miles) SSW (211 degrees) of Cuilapa, Santa Rosa, Guatemala
101 km (62 miles) S (187 degrees) of Villa Nueva, Guatemala, Guatemala
113 km (70 miles) S (190 degrees) of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 14.7 km; Vertical 8.3 km
Parameters
Nph = 79; Dmin = 374.0 km; Rmss = 1.21 seconds; Gp = 198°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vdar
5.1 Mb - OFF COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.1 Mb
Date-Time
31 Jul 2008 06:31:50 UTC
31 Jul 2008 00:31:50 near epicenter
31 Jul 2008 00:31:50 standard time in your timezone
Location
12.837N 88.254W
Depth
62 km
Distances
59 km (37 miles) SSE (160 degrees) of Usulután, Usulután, El Salvador
71 km (44 miles) S (186 degrees) of San Miguel, San Miguel, El Salvador
71 km (44 miles) SW (218 degrees) of La Unión, La Unión, El Salvador
135 km (84 miles) SE (133 degrees) of SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 7.2 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 151; Dmin = 171.9 km; Rmss = 0.92 seconds; Gp = 172°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vdaf

4.8 Mb - NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.8 Mb
Date-Time
27 Jul 2008 05:42:32 UTC
26 Jul 2008 23:42:32 near epicenter
26 Jul 2008 23:42:32 standard time in your timezone
Location
11.540N 86.743W
Depth
68 km
Distances
79 km (49 miles) SW (218 degrees) of MANAGUA, Nicaragua
82 km (51 miles) SSW (193 degrees) of Nagarote, León, Nicaragua
97 km (60 miles) WSW (243 degrees) of Granada, Nicaragua
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 12.5 km; Vertical 12.9 km
Parameters
Nph = 59; Dmin = 239.7 km; Rmss = 1.05 seconds; Gp = 180°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008uzam

3.6 Mcd - VIRGIN ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
3.6 Mcd
Date-Time
27 Jul 2008 02:11:58 UTC
26 Jul 2008 22:11:58 near epicenter
26 Jul 2008 20:11:58 standard time in your timezone
Location
19.174N 64.406W
Depth
56 km
Distances
50 km (31 miles) N (350 degrees) of Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
81 km (50 miles) N (3 degrees) of Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
81 km (50 miles) NNE (12 degrees) of East End-Long Look, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
84 km (52 miles) NNE (15 degrees) of ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands
186 km (116 miles) ENE (62 degrees) of Carolina, PR
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 8.3 km; Vertical 16.0 km
Parameters
Nph = 24; Dmin = 86.7 km; Rmss = 0.51 seconds; Gp = 298°M-type = Mcd; Version = 1
Event ID
PR p0820902

3.6 Mcd - VIRGIN ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
3.6 Mcd
Date-Time
27 Jul 2008 01:51:30 UTC
26 Jul 2008 21:51:30 near epicenter
26 Jul 2008 19:51:30 standard time in your timezone
Location
19.268N 64.190W
Depth
70 km
Distances
61 km (38 miles) NNE (13 degrees) of Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
95 km (59 miles) NNE (16 degrees) of Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
97 km (60 miles) N (359 degrees) of West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
101 km (63 miles) NNE (26 degrees) of ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands
211 km (131 miles) ENE (63 degrees) of Carolina, PR
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 7.5 km; Vertical 12.6 km
Parameters
Nph = 13; Dmin = 104.4 km; Rmss = 0.22 seconds; Gp = 316°M-type = Mcd; Version = 1
Event ID
PR p0820901

4.1 Mcd - MONA PASSAGE
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.1 Mcd
Date-Time
22 Jul 2008 13:29:27 UTC
22 Jul 2008 09:29:27 near epicenter
22 Jul 2008 07:29:27 standard time in your timezone
Location
18.640N 68.338W
Depth
127 km
Distances
39 km (24 miles) E (87 degrees) of Higüey, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic
71 km (44 miles) ENE (71 degrees) of La Romana, La Romana, Dominican Republic
75 km (47 miles) E (101 degrees) of El Seybo, El Seybo, Dominican Republic
171 km (106 miles) E (85 degrees) of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 4.5 km; Vertical 2.6 km
Parameters
Nph = 42; Dmin = 14.6 km; Rmss = 0.81 seconds; Gp = 136°M-type = Mcd; Version = 1
Event ID
PR p0820405
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:

Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
Puerto Rico Seismic NetworkUniversity of Puerto Rico


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5.2 Mb - CARLSBERG RIDGE

5.2 Mb - CARLSBERG RIDGE
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.2 Mb
Date-Time
20 Jul 2008 08:21:42 UTC
20 Jul 2008 12:21:42 near epicenter
20 Jul 2008 02:21:42 standard time in your timezone
Location
4.931N 62.174E
Depth
10 km
Distances
1255 km (780 miles) W (274 degrees) of MALE, Maldives
1608 km (999 miles) SE (146 degrees) of Salalah, Oman
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 11.7 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 23; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 0.92 seconds; Gp = 100°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008usay
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/
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4.5 Mb - MID-INDIAN RIDGE

4.5 Mb - MID-INDIAN RIDGE
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.5 Mb
Date-Time
19 Jul 2008 08:13:59 UTC
19 Jul 2008 12:13:59 near epicenter
19 Jul 2008 02:13:59 standard time in your timezone
Location
11.133S 66.393E
Depth
10 km
Distances
1383 km (860 miles) NE (45 degrees) of PORT LOUIS, Mauritius
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 18.1 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 47; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 0.97 seconds; Gp = 93°M-type = Mb; Version = Q
Event ID
US 2008urat
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/
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"AFTERSHOCKS":California Quake a Good Drill for The "Big One"

3.8 Ml - NEVADA

3.8 Ml - NEVADA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
3.8 Ml
Date-Time
30 Jul 2008 21:32:09 UTC
30 Jul 2008 14:32:09 near epicenter
30 Jul 2008 15:32:09 standard time in your timezone
Location
39.363N 116.834W
Depth
9 km
Distances
25 km (15 miles) SE (126 degrees) of Austin, NV
26 km (16 miles) SE (135 degrees) of Yankee Blade, NV
42 km (26 miles) NE (56 degrees) of Washington, NV
380 km (236 miles) NNW (339 degrees) of Las Vegas, NV
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: ; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 7; Dmin = ; Rmss = ; Gp = 0°M-type = Ml; Version = 2
Event ID
NN 00255981 ***This event has been revised.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
Nevada Seismological LaboratoryUniversityof Nevada, Reno


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"MODERATE EARTHQUAKE":California Tech Seismic Analyst Benjamin Wu on 5.4 Magnitude Quake

SOLOMON ISLANDS RECENT QUAKES

4.7 Mb - SOLOMON ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.7 Mb
Date-Time
31 Jul 2008 08:02:13 UTC
31 Jul 2008 19:02:13 near epicenter
31 Jul 2008 02:02:13 standard time in your timezone
Location
10.471S 163.439E
Depth
10 km
Distances
165 km (102 miles) E (91 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
356 km (221 miles) ESE (123 degrees) of Auki, Solomon Islands
398 km (247 miles) ESE (107 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
1782 km (1107 miles) E (95 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 10.9 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 24; Dmin = 399.8 km; Rmss = 0.89 seconds; Gp = 64°M-type = Mb; Version = 8
Event ID
US 2008vdal ***This event has been revised.
4.4 Mb - SOLOMON ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.4 Mb
Date-Time
31 Jul 2008 08:02:13 UTC
31 Jul 2008 19:02:13 near epicenter
31 Jul 2008 02:02:13 standard time in your timezone
Location
10.491S 163.428E
Depth
10 km
Distances
164 km (102 miles) E (92 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
356 km (221 miles) ESE (123 degrees) of Auki, Solomon Islands
398 km (247 miles) ESE (107 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
1781 km (1106 miles) E (95 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 12.2 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 18; Dmin = 399.4 km; Rmss = 0.96 seconds; Gp = 64°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vdal
5.3 Mb - SOLOMON ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
5.3 Mb
Date-Time
31 Jul 2008 08:07:38 UTC
31 Jul 2008 19:07:38 near epicenter
31 Jul 2008 02:07:38 standard time in your timezone
Location
10.498S 163.578E
Depth
10 km
Distances
180 km (112 miles) E (92 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
371 km (230 miles) ESE (122 degrees) of Auki, Solomon Islands
414 km (257 miles) ESE (106 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
1797 km (1117 miles) E (95 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 10.5 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 58; Dmin = 415.2 km; Rmss = 0.82 seconds; Gp = 122°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vdam
5.2 Mb - SOLOMON ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.2 Mb
Date-Time
30 Jul 2008 19:07:00 UTC
31 Jul 2008 06:07:00 near epicenter
30 Jul 2008 13:07:00 standard time in your timezone
Location
10.479S 163.188E
Depth
45 km
Distances
137 km (85 miles) E (91 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
334 km (207 miles) SE (125 degrees) of Auki, Solomon Islands
372 km (231 miles) ESE (108 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
1754 km (1090 miles) E (95 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 14.7 km; Vertical 23.9 km
Parameters
Nph = 35; Dmin = 373.9 km; Rmss = 1.18 seconds; Gp = 64°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008vcbg
6.1 Mw - SOLOMON ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
6.1 Mw
Date-Time
28 Jul 2008 21:40:53 UTC
29 Jul 2008 08:40:53 near epicenter
28 Jul 2008 15:40:53 standard time in your timezone
Location
10.582S 163.146E
Depth
52 km
Distances
133 km (83 miles) E (96 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
337 km (209 miles) SE (127 degrees) of Auki, Solomon Islands
371 km (231 miles) ESE (110 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
1750 km (1088 miles) E (95 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 8.7 km; Vertical 19.9 km
Parameters
Nph = 117; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 1.02 seconds; Gp = 43°M-type = Mw; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vabe
5.7 Mb - SOLOMON ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
5.7 Mb
Date-Time
28 Jul 2008 21:37:40 UTC
29 Jul 2008 08:37:40 near epicenter
28 Jul 2008 15:37:40 standard time in your timezone
Location
10.566S 163.047E
Depth
68 km
Distances
122 km (76 miles) E (96 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
327 km (203 miles) SE (128 degrees) of Auki, Solomon Islands
360 km (224 miles) ESE (110 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
1739 km (1081 miles) E (95 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 15.7 km; Vertical 38.5 km
Parameters
Nph = 104; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 1.03 seconds; Gp = 61°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008vabf ***This event supersedes event AT00728105.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey
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4.2 Mw - OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

4.2 Mw - OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.2 Mw
Date-Time
30 Jul 2008 13:39:33 UTC
30 Jul 2008 06:39:33 near epicenter
30 Jul 2008 07:39:33 standard time in your timezone
Location
40.462N 125.247W
Depth
5 km
Distances
83 km (52 miles) W (281 degrees) of Petrolia, CA
84 km (52 miles) W (261 degrees) of Ferndale, CA
93 km (58 miles) WSW (251 degrees) of Humboldt Hill, CA
99 km (61 miles) WSW (249 degrees) of Eureka, CA
386 km (240 miles) NW (322 degrees) of San Francisco City Hall, CA
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 2.9 km; Vertical 18.2 km
Parameters
Nph = 69; Dmin = 110.0 km; Rmss = 0.37 seconds; Gp = 237°M-type = Mw; Version = 3
Event ID
NC 40221369 ***This event has been revised.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
CISN Northern California Management CenterU.S. Geological SurveyBerkeley Seismological Laboratory
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SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION QUAKES

5.6 Mw - SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.6 Mw
Date-Time
30 Jul 2008 20:15:18 UTC
30 Jul 2008 18:15:18 near epicenter
30 Jul 2008 14:15:18 standard time in your timezone
Location
59.658S 27.819W
Depth
191 km
Distances
105 km (65 miles) SW (225 degrees) of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
329 km (204 miles) S (186 degrees) of Visokoi Island, South Sandwich Islands
2057 km (1278 miles) SE (127 degrees) of STANLEY, Falkland Islands
2696 km (1675 miles) ESE (123 degrees) of Punta Arenas, Chile
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 13.8 km; Vertical 32.6 km
Parameters
Nph = 44; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 0.94 seconds; Gp = 54°M-type = Mw; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vcbs ***This event has been revised.
5.3 Mb - SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
5.3 Mb
Date-Time
30 Jul 2008 20:15:18 UTC
30 Jul 2008 18:15:18 near epicenter
30 Jul 2008 14:15:18 standard time in your timezone
Location
59.658S 27.819W
Depth
191 km
Distances
105 km (65 miles) SW (225 degrees) of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
329 km (204 miles) S (186 degrees) of Visokoi Island, South Sandwich Islands
2057 km (1278 miles) SE (127 degrees) of STANLEY, Falkland Islands
2696 km (1675 miles) ESE (123 degrees) of Punta Arenas, Chile
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 13.8 km; Vertical 32.6 km
Parameters
Nph = 44; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 0.94 seconds; Gp = 54°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008vcbs
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/
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August 1-3 San Francisco and Los Angeles Earthquake Forecast

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Chino Hills Earthquake - July 29, 2008

More info about the story:
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/07/29/earthquake.ca/index.html
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ci14383980.php


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More Than 90 Aftershocks Following 5.4 SoCal Quake

CHINO HILLS, Calif.-Southern Californians went back to work Wednesday after a strongly felt earthquake shook the region, but the 5.4-magnitude temblor still dominated conversation as residents worried about aftershocks and vowed to step up their emergency preparations.The quake, which rocked the region from Los Angeles to San Diego on Tuesday, caused only limited damage and a few injuries but served as a reminder of the seismic danger just below sprawling freeways and subdivisions.Homes and businesses reported widespread but minor damage: fallen ceiling tiles, cracked walls and windows, warped door frames.The temblor's epicenter was located just outside Chino Hills, 29 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles in San Bernardino County, and it was felt as far east as Las Vegas. At least 90 aftershocks followed as of early Wednesday, the largest a magnitude-3.8."We were really fortunate this time," said Capt. Jeremy Ault, of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District. "It's a good opportunity to remember that we live in earthquake country. This is part of living in Southern California and we need to make sure we're prepared."The magnitude-5.9 Whittier Narrows quake in 1987 was the last big shake centered in the region. That quake heavily damaged older buildings and houses in communities east of Los Angeles.As strongly as it was felt, Tuesday's quake was far less powerful than the deadly magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake that toppled bridges and buildings on Jan. 17, 1994. That was the last damaging temblor in Southern California, though not the biggest. A 7.1 quake struck the desert in 1999.Derek Black, a 19-year-old personal trainer, said it was the first large earthquake he remembered despite living in the area since birth.Black said he was helping a client do pull-downs at the 24 Hour Fitness where he works when the floor started to rumble. He grabbed onto a weight machine and turned toward the wall, where he saw the quake's shock wave ripple across the floor-to-ceiling mirrors affixed to the workout area. TVs suspended from the ceiling were swinging back and forth as everyone evacuated the gym."The mirrors were rippling all the way down," he said. "Seeing it in the mirrors was what made me realize, 'Geez, this is huge."'Black said although the gym was crowded during the lunch hour, no one was hurt. The mirrors buckled, but didn't break, he said.
The heaviest shaking was northwest of the epicenter near suburban Diamond Bar, said Thomas Heaton, director of the earthquake engineering and research laboratory at Caltech. He said all buildings constructed in the region since the 1930s should withstand the kind of shaking felt Tuesday.The earthquake had about 1 percent of the energy of the Northridge quake, he said.
Merchandise toppled from store shelves and bricks fell from walls of old-style buildings, local television stations reported.The state Office of Emergency Services in Sacramento received scattered reports of minor infrastructure damage, including broken water mains and gas lines. The damage was in the greater Los Angeles area."I thank God there have not been any reports of serious injuries or damage to properties," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a televised press conference. "People understandably are very nervous."Minor structural damage was reported throughout Los Angeles, along with five minor injuries and people stuck in elevators, said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, serving as acting mayor. She said there was flooding in one department store.The jolt caused a fire but no injuries at a Southern California Edison electrical substation in La Habra, about 12 miles southwest of the epicenter, spokesman Paul Klein said. Damage there and to other equipment led to some power outages in Chino Hills, Chino, Diamond Bar and Pomona, he said.Chino Hills, the quake's epicenter, was incorporated in 1991, so much of the construction is newer and built to modern safety standards, said city spokeswoman Denise Cattern. She said there were no reports of harm in the city of 80,000, although cell phone service in the area was briefly disrupted.Public works employees in the field had trouble calling in to report after the event because cell phones wouldn't work, Chino Hills city spokeswoman Denise Cattern said. She said many had to find landlines to make their calls to headquarters.
The sheer volume of cell phone calls surprised even the carriers. Sprint Nextel Corp. reported a spike of 800 percent right after the quake and Verizon Wireless saw the volume jump by 400 percent over that of a typical day."The demand was just incredible," Verizon spokesman Ken Muche said in Orange County.Volume was about 40 percent higher than Verizon had projected would occur in a disaster, and many people found themselves unable to get through, Muche said Wednesday."Whether it's a freeway or cell network, no network has infinite capacity," he said. "There were so many calls happening at the same time."Attractions at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks and at the Knott's Berry Farm theme park were temporarily closed for inspections after the shaking.Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said commuter trains within a 30-mile radius of the epicenter were slowed to 20 mph until tracks could be cleared by safety inspectors.A ground radar at Los Angeles International Airport was lost for about one minute after the quake, but no flights were affected and the radar did not require repairs, said spokeswoman Nancy Castles.Supervising Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen Czuleger said 12 of the county's 50 courthouses were evacuated, but only one in Pomona had visible damage — a crack in the building.No prisons or other state correctional facilities in the area were damaged, and there were no security breaches, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.
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Rattled City:LA Mayor on Earthquake Response

Quake Jolts Awareness in Southern California

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

4.7 Mb - GREECE

4.7 Mb - GREECE
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.7 Mb
Date-Time
30 Jul 2008 05:02:59 UTC
30 Jul 2008 08:02:59 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 23:02:59 standard time in your timezone
Location
38.189N 20.178E
Depth
10 km
Distances
136 km (84 miles) W (268 degrees) of Patras, Greece
175 km (108 miles) SSW (200 degrees) of Ioannina, Greece
214 km (133 miles) NW (308 degrees) of Kalamata, Greece
312 km (194 miles) W (275 degrees) of ATHENS, Greece
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 8.5 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 39; Dmin = 352.3 km; Rmss = 1.24 seconds; Gp = 75°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vcah
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey


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5.6 Mb - SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE

5.6 Mb - SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.6 Mb
Date-Time
29 Jul 2008 20:56:23 UTC
29 Jul 2008 12:56:23 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 14:56:23 standard time in your timezone
Location
54.742S 118.805W
Depth
10 km
Distances
3078 km (1912 miles) WSW (247 degrees) of Punta Arenas, Chile
3427 km (2130 miles) SSE (167 degrees) of ADAMSTOWN, Pitcairn Islands
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 16.1 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 45; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 1.09 seconds; Gp = 90°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008vbcr
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/
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Earthquake shakes downtown LA

LA Quake Aftershocks

3.6 Ml - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
3.6 Ml
Date-Time
29 Jul 2008 20:40:41 UTC
29 Jul 2008 13:40:41 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 14:40:41 standard time in your timezone
Location
33.948N 117.741W
Depth
15 km
Distances
3 km (2 miles) SSW (209 degrees) of Chino Hills, CA
8 km (5 miles) NNE (33 degrees) of Yorba Linda, CA
9 km (6 miles) SE (129 degrees) of Diamond Bar, CA
13 km (8 miles) S (174 degrees) of Pomona, CA
48 km (30 miles) ESE (104 degrees) of Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 0.3 km; Vertical 0.4 km
Parameters
Nph = 141; Dmin = 8.0 km; Rmss = 0.34 seconds; Gp = 39°M-type = Ml; Version = 2
Event ID
CI 14384240 ***This event has been revised.
2.8 Ml - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
2.8 Ml
Date-Time
29 Jul 2008 18:51:46 UTC
29 Jul 2008 11:51:46 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 12:51:46 standard time in your timezone
Location
33.946N 117.791W
Depth
16 km
Distances
7 km (4 miles) N (358 degrees) of Yorba Linda, CA
7 km (4 miles) SSE (156 degrees) of Diamond Bar, CA
7 km (4 miles) WSW (243 degrees) of Chino Hills, CA
13 km (8 miles) SSW (194 degrees) of Pomona, CA
44 km (27 miles) ESE (106 degrees) of Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 0.4 km; Vertical 0.9 km
Parameters
Nph = 26; Dmin = 12.0 km; Rmss = 0.16 seconds; Gp = 54°M-type = Ml; Version = Q
Event ID
CI 14384012 ***This event has been revised.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:

Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
CISN Southern California Management CenterCaltech Seismological LaboratoryU.S. Geological Survey


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L.A. suburb at quake epicentre gets hard shake

CHINO HILLS, California-Living in the shadow of Los Angeles, retiree Doug Sparkes thought that Tuesday's strong tremor had squarely hit the big city.Little did he know his town of Chino Hills, where he and his wife live on a farm with horses and chickens, was the epicentre of the biggest earthquake to hit the Los Angeles area in nearly 15 years."The first thing we thought was that L.A. went down and we were on the other end of it," Sparkes said as he shopped at a supermarket a few hours after the magnitude 5.4 quake. "It was a hard shake and it lasted about 30 seconds."The Sparkes had been through stronger Southern California temblors, the 1994 Northridge and the 1987 Whittier Narrows quakes."This felt double that," said Debbie Sparkes. The centres of those quakes were much farther from Sparkes' home, though.Around 30 miles (48 km) east of Los Angeles and home to 80,000 people, Chino Hills is a pleasant suburb with new large homes built among the big rolling hills. The town returned to normality just a few hours after the temblor and filled up with people shopping and eating out. Only the presence of police, emergency teams and reporters indicated something big had happened.The Wal-Mart store where some bottles fell off the shelves was back open for business in a few hours, after inspectors made sure nothing would fall and hurt customers.
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5.3 Mb - NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.

5.3 Mb - NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
5.3 Mb
Date-Time
29 Jul 2008 18:54:41 UTC
30 Jul 2008 04:54:41 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 12:54:41 standard time in your timezone
Location
2.800S 152.582E
Depth
55 km
Distances
164 km (102 miles) NNE (16 degrees) of Rabaul, New Britain, PNG
200 km (124 miles) E (97 degrees) of Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG
759 km (471 miles) NE (55 degrees) of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
950 km (591 miles) NE (39 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 11.1 km; Vertical 20.3 km
Parameters
Nph = 52; Dmin = 945.4 km; Rmss = 1.28 seconds; Gp = 39°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008vbcg ***This event supersedes event AT00735767.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey


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Major U.S. earthquakes--CHRONOLOGY

July 29--A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck east of Los Angeles on Tuesday and was felt hundreds of miles south to the Mexican border but there were no reports of injuries, major structural damage or power outages.
Following is a list of some of the major U.S. earthquakes:
Nov 3, 2002
- A 7.9 magnitude quake centered on a sparsely populated area south of Fairbanks, Alaska was felt from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico. It appears to have caused remarkably little serious damage and only minor injuries.
Jan 17, 1994 - A magnitude 6.7 quake in Northridge, California, in the San Fernando Valley in northern Los Angeles killed 60 people, injured more than 7,000, left 20,000 homeless and damaged more than 40,000 buildings. It collapsed overpasses, closing sections of four major area freeways. Damage estimates ranged from $13 billion and $30 billion.
June 28, 1992 - A magnitude 7.3 quake in Landers, California near Yucca Valley in the Mojave Desert killed one person and injured 400. It was felt throughout the Southwest.
Oct 17, 1989 - A magnitude 6.9 quake in the Santa Cruz Mountains near the Loma Prieta Mountains in northern California killed 63 people, caused 3,757 injuries and an estimated $6 billion in property damage. The most severe damage occurred in Oakland and San Francisco about 60 miles (100 km) north, where several sections of major freeways collapsed.
Feb 9, 1971 - A magnitude 6.6 quake struck in a sparsely populated area of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California. It killed 65 people, injured more than 2,000 and caused property damage estimated at more than $505 million.
March 28, 1964 - Alaska - A powerful 9.2 earthquake and ensuing tsunami claimed 128 lives and caused about $311 million in property losses.
Aug 18, 1959 - The largest earthquake to hit Montana in recorded history, it measured 7.3, caused 28 fatalities and caused about $11 million in damage to highways and timber.
March 9, 1957 - An earthquake measuring 9.1 hit the Andreanof Islands of Alaska. On Umnak Island, Mount Vsevidof erupted after being dormant for 200 years, generating a 50-foot(15-metre)-high tsunami that continued to Hawaii.
July 21, 1952 - A 7.3 magnitude temblor killed 12 people and caused $60 million in damage, much of it around Bakersfield, California.
April 1, 1946 - A magnitude 8.1 quake struck Unimak Island in Alaska, where it caused only minor damage to buildings, but generated a 115-foot(35-metre)-high tsunami that destroyed the island's lighthouse and swept away its five occupants. The tsunami killed 159 people in Hilo, Hawaii where it caused $26 million in damage, and killed one person in California.
March 11, 1933 - A magnitude 6.4 quake in Long Beach, California killed 115 people and caused $40 million in estimated damage.
April 18, 1906 - The great San Francisco earthquake measured 7.8 in magnitude and along with resulting fires, killed an estimated 3,000 people and caused $524 million in property losses. It caused the San Andreas Fault to rupture over 267 miles (430 km).
Sept 1, 1886 - Measuring 7.3 in magnitude, this quake in Charleston, South Carolina was the most damaging to occur in the Southeastern United States. It killed 60 people and damaged most buildings in the old port city.
Dec 16, 1811 - Measuring up to an estimated 8.1 in magnitude, a series of earthquakes struck the Mississippi Valley near New Madrid in what is now Missouri in 1811-1812, changing the course of the Mississippi River and much of the landscape.
Jan 26, 1700 - Estimated at around magnitude 9.0, the Cascadia earthquake is the largest known to have occurred in the lower 48 states. It rocked Cascadia, a region 600 miles (966 km) long stretching from northern California to southern British Columbia. It caused a tsunami that hit the local coast and crossed to Japan, where it damaged coastal villages.
Sources: Reuters, U.S. Geological Survey

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Earthquake strongly jolts "lucky" Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES-An earthquake struck just east of Los Angeles on Tuesday, rocking tall buildings and rattling nerves across Southern California, but causing no serious injuries or major structural damage.The quake hit at 11:42 a.m. local time (2:42 p.m. EDT) about 30 miles east of Los Angeles in suburban Chino Hills and registered magnitude 5.4-making it the strongest seismic event centered near America's second-largest city since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake in 1994.It was followed in the next few hours by more than 50 aftershocks, the largest measuring 3.6, and geologists said there was a small chance it could be a foreshock to a larger earthquake.
"I think we were very lucky with this one," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a news conference in Sacramento, adding he called his Los Angeles-area home to speak with his wife, Maria Shriver, immediately after the quake.Magnitude 5 quakes are considered moderate but are still capable of causing damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday's quake was shallow, about 8.5 miles deep.Across Southern California, the temblor was felt as a strong jolt, swaying tall buildings in downtown Los Angeles and Orange County and sending office workers into the streets."I immediately went and stood under a doorway," said Rachel Feldman, a 27-year-old attorney who works in the 75-story US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, the tallest building in the western United States.Sara Phillips, 28, also an attorney in the US Bank Tower, said: "I wasn't scared. The building is on rollers so it made me feel like I was going to barf."
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'Jaded' Californians see quakes as part of life

LOS ANGELES-It was the Los Angeles area's biggest earthquake in nearly 15 years, but for many the tremor felt like business as usual.A 5.4-magnitude temblor at lunchtime on Tuesday sent office workers streaming from their downtown Los Angeles high-rises and led many to reach for their phones to check on friends and relatives.But after it was all over, with only minor injuries and damage reported, many Southern California residents simply shrugged it off. "We're jaded earthquake people, we've been through it all," said attorney Linda Hsu, 35, who walked down 38 flights of stairs from her downtown office following the quake. "Because we live in Southern California, we are all used to it."Hsu's colleague, attorney Stephanie Brie, 28, said she was able to tell quickly the earthquake was not big enough to put them in any great danger."While it was going on, I didn't feel like I was going to die," Brie said.Many compared it with the last big seismic event in 1994, the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake that killed 60 people and struck before dawn.In Chino Hills, the community east of Los Angeles that was closest to the quake's epicenter, city spokeswoman Denise Cattern said most residents agreed it was the biggest earthquake they had ever felt.Even there, residents were more exhilarated by the temblor than alarmed.Tom Chappell, a soccer camp coach, said the earthquake struck in the middle of a game, exciting the children who were playing."Wow, we were in an earthquake," said Chappell.One mother who was at the camp picking up her son said she was disappointed she had not noticed the earthquake because she was in a moving car at the time."I was in my car and I didn't feel a thing," said Joanne Garcia. "I didn't know we had an earthquake until I got to the mall."
'A DRILL FOR THE BIG ONE'
A seismologist at the California Institute of Technology, Kate Hutton, encouraged Southern Californians to think of the earthquake as "a drill for the Big One," a much-feared, catastrophic quake.Some took that advice to heart, saying they were inspired to sock away water, food and other supplies just in case."Whenever you have an earthquake, you say to yourself, 'I have to get that earthquake kit together at home,'" said Nancy Gregg, 40, a legal secretary who works in a 40-story building."I have a list," Gregg said. "Now I need to go shopping and get the stuff on the list. Food, clothes, bottles of water, that kind of stuff."A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman, Brian Humphrey, said thousands of people had gone to the department's Web site to download disaster preparedness information immediately following the earthquake."Our residents appear on edge," Humphrey said.Many residents, said, however, that Tuesday's earthquake was a reminder of just how complacent they had become-and how unprepared the region is for a major catastrophe."I would fit into the category of unprepared," said 40-year-old downtown Los Angeles worker Doug Hein. "Collectively, Southern Californians are in a sense of blissful ignorance."
By Bernie Woodall and Nichola Groom
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N29334979.htm
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Los Angeles EARTHQUAKE July 29, 2008

Moderate quake jolts Los Angeles

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5.4-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern California

5.4-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern California
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5.8 MAG LA,California--Aftershocks

3.6 Ml - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
3.6 Ml
Date-Time
29 Jul 2008 20:40:41 UTC
29 Jul 2008 13:40:41 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 14:40:41 standard time in your timezone
Location
33.945N 117.735W
Depth
15 km
Distances
4 km (2 miles) SSW (198 degrees) of Chino Hills, CA
8 km (5 miles) NE (37 degrees) of Yorba Linda, CA
9 km (6 miles) SSW (207 degrees) of Chino, CA
13 km (8 miles) S (171 degrees) of Pomona, CA
49 km (30 miles) ESE (104 degrees) of Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 0.2 km; Vertical 0.8 km
Parameters
Nph = 140; Dmin = 8.0 km; Rmss = 0.36 seconds; Gp = 18°M-type = Ml; Version = 1
Event ID
CI 14384236
2.4 Ml - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
2.4 Ml
Date-Time
29 Jul 2008 18:51:29 UTC
29 Jul 2008 11:51:29 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 12:51:29 standard time in your timezone
Location
33.930N 117.783W
Depth
18 km
Distances
5 km (3 miles) N (7 degrees) of Yorba Linda, CA
7 km (5 miles) SW (228 degrees) of Chino Hills, CA
9 km (5 miles) NE (51 degrees) of Placentia, CA
14 km (9 miles) NE (43 degrees) of Anaheim, CA
45 km (28 miles) ESE (108 degrees) of Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 0.5 km; Vertical 1.2 km
Parameters
Nph = 22; Dmin = 11.0 km; Rmss = 0.18 seconds; Gp = 57°M-type = Ml; Version = S
Event ID
CI 14384008 ***This event has been revised.
2.0 M - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
2.0 M
Date-Time
29 Jul 2008 18:51:46 UTC
29 Jul 2008 11:51:46 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 12:51:46 standard time in your timezone
Location
33.965N 117.788W
Depth
17 km
Distances
5 km (3 miles) SE (143 degrees) of Diamond Bar, CA
6 km (4 miles) W (259 degrees) of Chino Hills, CA
9 km (6 miles) N (1 degrees) of Yorba Linda, CA
11 km (7 miles) SSW (196 degrees) of Pomona, CA
43 km (27 miles) ESE (103 degrees) of Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 0.4 km; Vertical 1.4 km
Parameters
Nph = 106; Dmin = 11.0 km; Rmss = 0.59 seconds; Gp = 18°M-type = M; Version = 2
Event ID
CI 14384012 ***This event has been revised.
3.8 Ml - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
3.8 Ml
Date-Time
29 Jul 2008 18:51:52 UTC
29 Jul 2008 11:51:52 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 12:51:52 standard time in your timezone
Location
33.959N 117.809W
Depth
15 km
Distances
5 km (3 miles) SSE (167 degrees) of Diamond Bar, CA
8 km (5 miles) ENE (61 degrees) of Brea, CA
8 km (5 miles) ESE (108 degrees) of Rowland Heights, CA
12 km (8 miles) SSW (203 degrees) of Pomona, CA
42 km (26 miles) ESE (105 degrees) of Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 0.4 km; Vertical 1.1 km
Parameters
Nph = 36; Dmin = 14.0 km; Rmss = 0.58 seconds; Gp = 50°M-type = Ml; Version = 1
Event ID
CI 14384052
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
CISN Southern California Management CenterCaltech Seismological LaboratoryU.S. Geological Survey
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5.6 Ml - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.

5.6 Ml - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.6 Ml
Date-Time
29 Jul 2008 18:42:15 UTC
29 Jul 2008 11:42:15 near epicenter
29 Jul 2008 12:42:15 standard time in your timezone
Location
33.959N 117.752W
Depth
12 km
Distances
3 km (2 miles) SW (235 degrees) of Chino Hills, CA
8 km (5 miles) SE (127 degrees) of Diamond Bar, CA
9 km (5 miles) NNE (23 degrees) of Yorba Linda, CA
11 km (7 miles) S (178 degrees) of Pomona, CA
47 km (29 miles) ESE (103 degrees) of Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 0.3 km; Vertical 1.3 km
Parameters
Nph = 144; Dmin = 8.0 km; Rmss = 0.42 seconds; Gp = 18°M-type = Ml; Version = 1
Event ID
CI 14383980
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CISN Southern California Management CenterCaltech Seismological LaboratoryU.S. Geological Survey


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Southern California Hit By 5.8 MAG

Video: Resident: Quake 'really got your attention'
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Pipeline shut by LA quake, refineries, nukes unhurt

LOS ANGELES-Kinder Morgan shut a Los Angeles refined products pipeline as a precaution following a moderate earthquake Tuesday, but energy companies said oil refineries and nuclear plants had not been damaged.Some local power outages were reported in Los Angeles but operations on the state's power grid were unaffected.Kinder Morgan said there was no indication of damage on its L.A.-area pipeline but it shut the line to perform precautionary pressure testing.Valero Energy Corp, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Tesoro and BP all said their refineries had not been damaged by the quake.Both the San Onofre nuclear generating station, between Los Angeles and San Diego, and the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, northeast of Los Angeles, sustained no damage and were operating normally, utility officials said.The earthquake, which was measured at magnitude 5.8, was centered about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, near the community of Chino Hills, where it was felt strongly.A spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co's California Gas Transmission system said personnel at the company's Hinkley compressor station in Southern California felt the quake but there was no damage or effect on operations. The spokesman said the Hinkley facility was likely the company's closest facility to the epicenter of the quake.

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Los Angeles port says no quake damage reported

LOS ANGELES-The Port of Los Angeles has had no reports of damages following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Southern California, spokesman Arley Baker said on Tuesday.
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Calif. power grid, nuclear plants OK after quake

LOS ANGELES-An earthquake centered east of Los Angeles on Tuesday morning did not hinder operations on the state's power grid nor damage the state's two nuclear power plants, utility and state officials said."The grid is in good shape," said Gregg Fishman of the California Independent System Operator. "There is no impact that we can see at this point."Both the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station between Los Angeles and San Diego and the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant about 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles sustained no damage and were operating normally, utility officials said. http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUKN2936118320080729
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5.8 MAG Shakes LA

Southern California Quake:QUAKE MAP

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July 29-31 San Francisco - Los Angeles Earthquake Prediction

Strong 5.4-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern California

LOS ANGELES-A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas.The 11:42 a.m. quake was initially estimated at 5.8 but was revised downward to magnitude-5.4, said seismologist Kate Hutton of the U.S. Geological Survey office in Pasadena. More than a dozen aftershocks quickly followed. The largest were magnitude-3.8.The quake was centered 29 miles east-southeast of downtown Los Angeles near the San Bernardino County city of Chino Hills."It will certainly cause cracked plaster and broken windows, but probably not structural damage," said Hutton.The magnitude-5.9 Whittier Narrows quake in 1987 was the last big shake in that area. That quake heavily damaged older buildings and houses in communities east of Los Angeles.Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said there were no immediate reports of damage or injury in Los Angeles. San Bernardino and San Diego counties also had no immediate reports of damage. Buildings swayed in downtown Los Angeles for several seconds.Workers quickly evacuated some office buildings."It was dramatic. The whole building moved and it lasted for a while," said Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, who was in the sheriff's suburban Monterey Park headquarters east of Los Angeles.As strongly as it was felt, the quake was far less powerful than the magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake that badly damaged the region on Jan. 17, 1994. That quake was the last damaging temblor in Southern California.No electrical outages were reported in Los Angeles due to the quake, said Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Kim Hughes.In Orange County, about 2,000 detectives were attending gang conference at a Marriott hotel in Anaheim when a violent jolt shook the main conference room.Mike Willever, who was at the hotel, said, "First we heard the ceiling shaking, then the chandelier started to shake, then there was a sudden movement of the floor."Chris Watkins, from San Diego, said he previously felt several earthquakes, but "that was one of the worst ones."Delegates and guests at a cluster of hotels near the Disneyland resort spilled into the streets immediately after the quake.Joseph Maddalena, who runs the historical documents and memorabilia dealer Profiles in History, was on the phone in his office in Calabasas, near Malibu, when the earthquake struck. He quickly put down the phone and ran to check on his 14-year-old son who had come to work with him as he prepared for a Thursday auction of 1,100 pieces of Hollywood movie memorabilia."Our building shook pretty good," he said after discovering his son and his employees were unharmed and the building was fine."The window in my office kind of bowed out but it's all right now. Everything is fine," he said.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,393781,00.html
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Earthquake jolts Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES-A moderate earthquake struck east of Los Angeles on Tuesday, shaking tall buildings in the city but there were no immediate reports of injuries, major damage or power outages.The earthquake, which struck at 11:42 a.m. local time (2:42 p.m. EDT), was measured at magnitude 5.8. It was centered about 30 miles east of Los Angeles near the community of Chino Hills, where it was felt strongly.But witnesses reported feeling the shaking strongly in neighboring Orange County, as far south as San Diego and as far east as Las Vegas. There were no reports of power outages.Several small aftershocks were reported in the minutes after the quake.A spokesman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said there were no reports of injuries in the Chino Hills area.The Los Angeles Fire Department said there were also no injuries reported in the city, although tall buildings swayed from side to side for a few seconds and workers poured into the streets.Operations were not interrupted at Ontario International Airport, the closest major airport to the epicenter of the quake."Operations are fully functional. We are still inspecting, but so far everything is okay," Ontario International Airport spokeswoman Maria Tsoro-Fermin said.
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Strong quake shakes Southern California

LOS ANGELES - A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas.
The 11:42 a.m. quake was initially estimated at 5.8 but was revised downward to magnitude-5.4, said seismologist Kate Hutton of the U.S. Geological Survey office in Pasadena. More than a dozen aftershocks quickly followed, the largest estimated at magnitude-3.8.The quake was centered 29 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles near the San Bernardino County city of Chino Hills, and the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake was about 8 miles below the earth's surface."It will certainly cause cracked plaster and broken windows, but probably not structural damage," Hutton said.The magnitude-5.9 Whittier Narrows quake in 1987 was the last big shake in that area. That quake heavily damaged older buildings and houses in communities east of Los Angeles.Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said there were no immediate reports of damage or injury in Los Angeles. San Bernardino and San Diego counties also had no immediate reports of damage.Buildings swayed in downtown Los Angeles for several seconds.Workers quickly evacuated some office buildings."It was dramatic. The whole building moved and it lasted for a while," said Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, who was in the sheriff's suburban Monterey Park headquarters east of Los Angeles.
As strongly as it was felt, the quake was far less powerful than the magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake that badly damaged the region on Jan. 17, 1994. That quake was the last damaging temblor in Southern California. It killed 72 people, injured more than 9,000 and caused $25 billion in damage in the metropolitan area.No electrical outages were reported in Los Angeles due to the quake, said Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Kim Hughes.In Orange County, about 2000 detectives were attending a conference on gangs at a Marriott hotel in Anaheim when a violent jolt shook the main conference room.Mike Willever, who was at the hotel, said, "First we heard the ceiling shaking, then the chandelier started to shake, then there was a sudden movement of the floor."Chris Watkins, from San Diego, said he previously felt several earthquakes, but "that was one of the worst ones."Delegates and guests at a cluster of hotels near the Disneyland resort spilled into the streets immediately after the quake.Joseph Maddalena, who runs the historical documents and memorabilia dealer Profiles in History, was on the phone in his office in Calabasas, near Malibu, when the earthquake struck. He quickly put down the phone and ran to check on his 14-year-old son who had come to work with him as he prepared for a Thursday auction of 1,100 pieces of Hollywood movie memorabilia."Our building shook pretty good," he said after discovering his son and his employees were unharmed and the building was fine."The window in my office kind of bowed out but it's all right now. Everything is fine," he said. The damage created by an earthquake depends greatly on where it hits. A 7.1 quake — much stronger than Northridge — hit the Mojave Desert in 1999 but caused only a few injuries and no deaths. California is one of the world's most seismically active regions. More than 300 faults crisscross the state, which sits atop two of Earth's major tectonic plates, the Pacific and North American plates. About 10,000 quakes each year rattle Southern California alone, although most of them are too small to be felt. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080729/ap_on_re_us/california_earthquake
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