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Southern California quake felt in Burbank

A Southern California quake felt in Burbank and many other places in the Southland. So far, there have been more than 300 aftershocks, some measuring more than 3.0. The early morning shaker jolted many from their sleep at 1:04 a.m. The 5.2 magnitude quake struck about 27 miles south of Palm Springs in Riverside County and around 12 miles North of Borrego Springs in San Diego County. There are reports of minor damage “inside homes” in Palm Springs and nearby La Qunita areas. Luckily, no reports... Read More →

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Quake expert Dr. Lucy Jones reviews “San Andreas” movie

The earthquake disaster film, “San Andreas,” opens this Friday and is expected to rake in at least $40 million at the box office. A premiere for the movie was held last night in Hollywood. Among the stars, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist and the number one go-to-earthquake expert in the Southland, Dr. Lucy Jones. After the event, Dr. Jones posted a critique of the film in the form of tweets on her Twitter account. Here are some of of those tweets.   My first experience of a red carpet at... Read More →

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Experts test special shield to protect cities from earthquakes

Putting a shield around a city to protect it from an earthquake, sounds like science fiction — but it’s something experts are seriously studying. A group of French scientists reportedly have made promising steps towards the development of a protective shield, which would clock a city from the most severe effects of a quake. During an experiment, the scientists created a shield by “using several five-meter-deep boreholes in the ground. When a quake hits, the holes redirect vibrations to a less-populated... Read More →

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Watch out for that fake earthquake warning

Earthquakes are serious business in the Southland. The shaking has continued almost non-stop since that 5.1 sizeable quake struck near La Habra last Friday night causing some damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says there have been hundreds of aftershocks. This morning, there were a couple of 2.5 tremors and a 3.0 shaker in the area of Friday’s moderate quake. Understandably, some folks are a little jittery and some nerves a bit frayed.  And someone is trying to make that situation worse. There’s a fake letter reportedly... Read More →

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Earthquakes shake up the Southland and movie screenings of “Noah”

A lot of rocking and rolling in SoCal Friday evening as dozens of earthquakes rumble through the region.  A 3.6 magnitude quake near La Habra at 8:03 p.m.last night kicked off a swarm of shakers centered in Orange County. That was apparently a foreshock to a moderate 5.1 quake, which rolled and swayed through our area at around 9:09 p.m.. It  was felt in seven counties — from Ventura to the Mexican border.  We definitely felt that one here in Burbank! There have been more than 30... Read More →

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Earthquake rocks the Southland today!

  UPDATE: 8:12 a.m. The quake was felt as far north as Santa Barbara and south to Fullerton in Orange County. Seismologist, Robert W. Graves, says the quake was felt by so many people because the epicenter was so close to a population center. Graves, speaking at a news conference at Caltech in Pasadena,  also said “it is possible” the shaker could be a “foreshock” to an even larger quake. So far, no reports of serious injury or damage.   The Southland rocked this morning by an earthquake.... Read More →

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Earthquake shakes up the Southland today

Did you feel it? The Southland got hit with an earthquake this morning at 10:13 a.m. Apparently it was center  four miles south-southwest of Glendale and  two miles east-southeast of Hollywood, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  They say it measured 3.0. Here in Burbank, the shaker felt like a quick, sharp jolt.  So far no reports of damage from the minor quake.

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Earthquake and summer like weather in the Southland

An earthquake shook up a section of SoCal today — including Burbank! I was surfing the Internet on my computer when I felt a jolt at around 8:24 a.m. Apparently this shaker was widespread — from Valencia to Paramount all the way down in Irvine. Preliminary reports say the quake measure  3.9 . It was centered four miles southeast of Newhall. In addition to the seismic activity here, more warm and sunny weather... Read More →

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UPDATED: Earthquake: Did you feel it?

12:20 p.m. Wednesday More rattling and rolling in So Cal — and again, most of it near Yorba Linda. At around 9:33 a.m. this morning, a 4.5 quake near that city — followed by a 3.4 shaker also not far from Yorba Linda. No reports of damage or injuries, but probably a lot of frayed nerves in that town. Did you feel that earthquake last night?  The shaker rattled the Southland around 11:23 p.m. last night and was centered about two... Read More →

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Strong earthquake rocks the East Coast

Some folks along the East Coast today got a feel for what it’s like living here in earthquake country. A quake, reportedly at least 5.8, struck about 80 miles from Washington D.C. in Virginia at around 2 p.m. EDT.  The earthquake prompted evacuations from New York to Boston to Philadelphia to D.C. The Los Angeles Times website has more on this surprise shaker on the East Coast and photos as well.

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama signs a book of condolence for the victims of that earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last Friday March 17, 2011

President Obama updates the crisis in Japan

As the crisis in devastated Japan worsens, concern grows in the U.S. Today President Barack Obama went to the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. and wrote a message in a book of condolence, before heading to the White House rose garden to update the American people on that tragic situation. In the aftermath of recovering from a crippling 9.0 earthquake and a powerful tsunami, Japan is now struggling to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. At around 12:30 Pacific Time today, President Obama delivered a speech from the White House. Here is the text from... Read More →

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A quake rattles Burbank and other parts of SoCal Some rocking, rolling, and shaking in the Southland late today. I was sitting in my car waiting for the red light to change at Glenoaks Boulevard and Olive Avenue, in front of the Burbank Central Library, when a 5.4 quake hit at 4:53 p.m. My cruiser rocked so much, I thought for a moment one of those cell phone/texting distracted drivers had bumped into the ride.  Not this time. It was a natural occurrence, a reminder, that we live in earthquake country. The quake was centered... Read More →

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Ex-Presidents Bill Clinton & George W. Bush join forces for Haiti relief fund

Photo: Pete Souza/White House —  Ex-Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush attend a news conference with President Barack Obama. 01/16/10  Former President Bill Clinton is leaving for quake-ravaged Haiti tomorrow to deliver much needed aid supplies and to meet with local leaders. Clinton is the U.N. special envoy to Haiti. Meanwhile, Haitian officials still fear more than 100,000 people have been killed by last Tuesday’s huge 7.0 earthquake, according to CNN. Yesterday, Former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush joined President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden of the White House... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Devastation and Despair in Haiti

Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times — Devastation in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, where survivors, and reportedly looters, were caught rummaging through the ruins. 01/16/10 Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times —  Despair on the face of a homeless father as he clings to his sleeping son during another night in a park with other quake survivors in the hard hit city of Port-au-Prince. 01/16/10 The L.A. Times has more terrific images of the aftermath of that 7.0 catastrophic earthquake, which ripped through Haiti last Tuesday, January 12. Click here to check out the... Read More →

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President Obama’s e-mail about the earthquake in Haiti

Concern here and around the world today for the victims of that devastating earthquake that tore through Haiti yesterday. The magnitude: an incredible 7.0. Tens of thousands are feared dead. Thousands of survivors are in desperate need of help. A short while ago, I got an e-mail about the situation in Haiti from President Obama. Good Afternoon, The reports and images from Haiti of collapsed hospitals, crumbled homes, and men and women carrying their injured neighbors through the streets are truly heart-wrenching. As we learn more about the extent... Read More →

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Earthquake! Did you feel it?

I know it was not the “Big One” we’ve all been dreading here in Southern California, but yesterday’s quake felt like a major shaker to me. So what if the U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude was a measly 2.9. I’m telling you, when it struck at around 3:58 p.m. yesterday afternoon, I thought, uh-oh, this is going to be a wild ride. First, I hear the roar and then came the rough shaking of the house. I was at the computer and literally grabbed the corner’s of the table to have something... Read More →

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Earthquake shakes up Southern California

Some folks in Southern California are still recovering from last night’s reminder that we live in earthquake country. That reminder came in the form of a 4.7 quake which rocked, rolled, shimmied, or shifted the ground from side to side for up to 15 seconds, according to those who felt it. Experts say the shaker shook up a large section of the Southland at 8:39 p.m. and was followed by an aftershock of 3.1 a few minutes later. The quake was centered near Lennox in the South Bay. I experienced the shaking... Read More →

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