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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:26 pm 
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PHILIPPINES - Five workers were killed and nine others trapped in a landslide at a construction site in the eastern Philippines, police said Saturday, dpa reported. The victims were building anti-erosion railings on the side of a highland road in Kananga town in Leyte province, 540 kilometres south-east of Manila, when the mountain collapsed on them, said police Senior Inspector Antonio Angcay. Steam pipes also exploded when hit by the landslide, which occurred after days of heavy rains, he said. The five bodies were recovered immediately after the accident Friday, but efforts to rescue the nine trapped workers were hampered by heavy rain, Angcay said. –Trend

Quake smashes homes in China: Chinese officials say a shallow, 5.5 magnitude earthquake has hit southwest China, causing hundreds of homes to collapse and injuring about 20 people. China's official Xinhua news agency says the quake struck a rural area in the southwestern province of Yunnan Sunday afternoon, destroying 700 homes and damaging a further 2,500 houses. There were no reports of fatalities, though three of the injured are in serious condition. Xinhua said the quake struck just nine kilometers beneath the surface. The provincial earthquake bureau has sent a team to the quake area. -VOA

Iran still reeling from aftershocks: The 6.4-magnitude earthquake, which rocked the city of Varzaghan in East Azarbaijan Province northwest of Iran on August 11, has had 4162 aftershocks, the Fars News Agency reported. The latest aftershock occurred on Saturday measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale. According to the report, Varzaghan has jolted 14 times in the past 24 hours. The main earthquake imposed some 11 trillion rials (about $900 million) loss on industry, agriculture, and service sectors. According to latest reports, 306 people were dead and over 3,000 injured. Iranian government has allocated $49 million for rebuilding and re-constructing the living houses of the quake-affected victims in the province, country's Interior minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said. –Trend


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 Post subject: Re: EARTHQUAKES
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4.7 magnitude quakes shakes Los Angeles

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 was reported in Anza, California. The quake was the first of several that popped up at the same time Monday on the U.S. Geological Survey website. It was originally reported as a 5.2 magnitude quake but was then downgraded. The epicenter for the 9:56 a.m. quake was 12 miles east of Anza and 16 miles southwest of Palm Desert. Near the epicenter, Palms Springs police Sgt. Harvey Reed told the Associated Press his department received no reports of damage or injuries. There were no other immediate reports of damage in the region. It happened along the San Jacinto fault between the San Andreas and the Elsinore faults. This is a fault famous for big earthquakes according to retired geology professor Pat Abbott, Ph.D. “There’s always that slight chance – slight chance now - that this could be the foreshock of something larger. Probably not. Usually this is just an event all by itself,” Abbot said. “It doesn’t hurt to keep it in mind, in the next 72 hours in particular,” he said. “If a larger one is going to occur it would probably be during that three-day period.” Residents were urged to prepare for a number of disaster scenarios, including how to cope for being at least “two weeks on your own. The message for a lot of us needs to be, ‘Be ready for anything’,” said Battalion Chief Larry Collins. “The message used to be 72 hours, but we’ve seen in disasters like [Hurricane] Katrina, even [Hurricane] Sandy recently, that, really, if it’s wiped out your infrastructure, and your electricity grid and your communications, it will be very likely be more than three days before you start getting food, water and other supplies coming in from outside.”


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5 earthquakes rattle Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA - Five earthquakes shook central Oklahoma early Tuesday, with the highest 4.3 magnitude quake hitting at 1:56 a.m., Central time. The temblors began at around 1:45 a.m. near the city of Chandler, Okla., which is about 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, the US Geological Survey reports. An official answering the dispatch line for the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office told the Associated Press that they have received no reports of damage or injuries. Jana Pursley, a USGS geophysicist, told the Associated Press that all the quakes were shallow, measuring about three miles deep, which is common for the area. She added that it is common for several earthquakes to occur during a short period of time. The most recent quake occurred at 5:16 a.m. near Luther, Okla., at a magnitude of 4.2. The quakes were felt in Oklahoma City, where the Oklahoma Zoo tweeted, “that was certainly wild.” “At this point, it looks like a main shock, aftershock sequence. There are even a bunch of smaller ones,” Austin Holland, a geophysicist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey in Norman, told the Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. He is collecting data from Tuesday’s quakes to see if there were more than five. The Oklahoma Red Cross tweeted that they “are not anticipating damage” from the earthquakes. And although earthquakes east of the Colorado Rockies are infrequent, the Red Cross advises people to know how to react during an earthquake event. Their recommended action: Drop, cover, and hold on. It’s a message that is part of a larger regional campaign, ShakeOut, which the Red Cross has been advertising in several central US states including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, and Tennessee. “Oklahoma is not immune to earthquakes,” the Red Cross said in a statement in January. The strongest earthquake in Oklahoma happened in November 2011, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake during which 2 people were injured and 14 homes were destroyed. The Oklahoma earthquakes are small compared to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred near the Iran-Pakistan border at 3:15 local time Tuesday. Iran declared a state of emergency and dozens of people are feared dead. This is the second earthquake within a week that has caused severe damage in southern Iran


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Moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Toronto, Canada

Earthquakes Canada is reporting a 5.1-magnitude earthquake just west of Ottawa that was felt as far away as Toronto. The federal agency that monitors earthquakes revised its original report, saying it registered a 5.1-magnitude temblor with an epicenter located about 21 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Shawville, Quebec, about an hour's drive outside Ottawa. It was felt as far west as Toronto, Canada's largest city, but no damage was immediately reported. Twitter erupted with reports of buildings shaking in Ottawa for several seconds. Ontario's premier, who lives in Toronto, tweeted that her house was shaking. Ontario Provincial Police in Arnprior, Ontario, not far from the epicenter, say they have received no reports of damage.


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4.0 earthquakes hits Los Angeles, California

LOS ANGELES, CA. - The Southern California coastline felt a “real good jolt” yesterday at about 1 p.m. A 4.0 magnitude earthquake rumbled just off the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. No serious problems were reported in relation to the earthquake, though the shake-up certainly was frightening. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department noted that they were currently checking up on “critical facilities” but believed everything to be functioning. The earthquake could be felt from Huntington Beach all the way to Playa del Ray. The epicenter of the quake was located six miles south of Point Fermin in the Pacific Ocean. Angela Butts-Chester, 41, has an office in downtown Long Beach and reported that she felt a strong shake while working at her computer. The initial jolt was followed by about five seconds of swaying as the building maintained balance. “It was like if someone were to bump you in the store and you're taken off guard,” she said. “It really got my attention. I sat there for a minute and said, ‘Oh, OK, never mind. It's over.” Butts-Chester wasn't the only one to deal with the earthquake while at work. Hostess Nikki Scotti was on duty at Nelson's in Ranchos Palos Verdes when she felt the quake. Scotti said she was talking with a customer at the time and attempted to distract them so they wouldn't be frightened. “They still noticed,” she said with a laugh. “For the most part, everyone just stopped where they were.” Others have reported feeling the quake as well, though again, did not seem to think much of it. Earthquakes are generally not very dangerous unless they are closer to a magnitude 6.0 or 7.0 or are located near possible avalanche and mudslide locations.


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