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An L.A. homeless man fights to keep his compound

Good morning. It’s Friday, Nov. 25, and here’s what’s going on around California: TOP STORIES One man’s castle There’s a standoff between authorities and a homeless man who has built an elaborate, high-designed home for himself under the 110 Freeway. The living space has gone viral on social media,...

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  • Massive drills in California, Nevada simulate the aftermath of devastating earthquakes

    Massive drills in California, Nevada simulate the aftermath of devastating earthquakes

    Cracked hunks of concrete are all that remain of a six-story hotel after a catastrophic magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead. Nearby, a three-story garage has collapsed into itself and is littered with cars so badly damaged that the make and model of one is...

  • Southern California's deadliest quake may have been caused by oil drilling, study says

    Southern California's deadliest quake may have been caused by oil drilling, study says

    On a March evening in 1933, the Newport-Inglewood fault ruptured violently along the Huntington Beach coast. The quake brought down scores of buildings from Santa Ana to Compton, with Long Beach hit particularly hard. The Long Beach quake, the deadliest in Southern California history, focused attention...

  • Nearly 20 'micro-quakes' hit near the Salton Sea

    Nearly 20 'micro-quakes' hit near the Salton Sea

    A series of small earthquakes struck near the Salton Sea area overnight. Nearly 20 micro-quakes — the strongest measuring magnitude 3.3, with others much smaller — struck the town of Niland near the eastern shore of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude 3.6 quake...

  • San Francisco's 58-story Millennium Tower is upscale, but literally sinking fast

    San Francisco's 58-story Millennium Tower is upscale, but literally sinking fast

    Looking back, Pamela Buttery can recall an early clue that something could be amiss at the luxury high-rise where she’s lived for the past six years. A golfer, she sometimes practiced her putting indoors, tapping the ball toward a portable cup on the hardwood floor in her living room. If Buttery...

  • It's time to start paying attention to seismic forecasts

    It's time to start paying attention to seismic forecasts

    Good morning. It is Friday, Oct. 21. It’s impossible to look at the school picture for this Northern California 3-year-old and not smile. Here’s what is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Earthquake forecast Some earthquake experts are encouraged that social media seems to be drawing more...

  • In a first for San Bernardino, heightened earthquake risk temporarily closes City Hall

    In a first for San Bernardino, heightened earthquake risk temporarily closes City Hall

    The seismically vulnerable San Bernardino City Hall will be closed through Tuesday in response to a heightened earthquake risk in Southern California, city officials said. The decision to close City Hall on Monday and Tuesday comes in response to a swarm of earthquakes in the Salton Sea area last...

  • Risk of big earthquake on San Andreas fault rises after quake swarm at Salton Sea

    Risk of big earthquake on San Andreas fault rises after quake swarm at Salton Sea

    The rumbling started Monday morning deep under the Salton Sea. A rapid succession of small earthquakes — three measuring above magnitude 4.0 — began rupturing near Bombay Beach, continuing for more than 24 hours. Before the swarm started to fade, more than 200 earthquakes had been recorded. The...

  • Nearly 200 earthquakes hit Salton Sea amid quake swarm

    Nearly 200 earthquakes hit Salton Sea amid quake swarm

    Nearly 200 small earthquakes — including three of a magnitude greater than 4 — struck the Salton Sea area over the last day or so. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the swarm of quakes started early Monday morning and continued into the evening. Quakes measuring 4.3 and 4.2 magnitude occurred...

  • A rock fest has Joshua Tree up in arms

    A rock fest has Joshua Tree up in arms

    Good morning. It is Tuesday, Sept. 27. Californians will be allowed to break car windows if they see an animal trapped inside on a hot day. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Hot in here As of Monday, the L.A. Unified School District had almost 700 unresolved complaints...

  • How the moon and big tides could be a trigger for big earthquakes

    How the moon and big tides could be a trigger for big earthquakes

    It’s one of the most enduring mysteries in earthquake science: Why do small earthquakes stay small, while others grow into monsters? A group of researchers offered a partial, but tantalizing answer this month: The moon and big tides. How does this work? The scientists zeroed in on times of high...

  • Big earthquakes can produce destructive temblors on nearby faults, new study finds

    Big earthquakes can produce destructive temblors on nearby faults, new study finds

    UC San Diego has found evidence that large earthquakes can quickly produce powerful and potentially dangerous aftershocks on nearby faults, an insight that could aid experts planning for how to deal with seismic hazards in California. The discovery is based on the identification of 48 aftershocks that...

  • Big tides could trigger large earthquakes, study says

    Big tides could trigger large earthquakes, study says

    Big tides could help push small earthquakes to grow into very large temblors, a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience said Monday. In a review of the world’s largest temblors, a team of Japanese scientists found that powerful earthquakes tend to occur during periods of strong tides,...

  • Earthquake: 5.6 quake strikes 74 miles west of Ferndale

    Earthquake: 5.6 quake strikes 74 miles west of Ferndale

    A magnitude 5.6 earthquake was reported Friday night 74 miles west of Ferndale, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 8:27 p.m. PDT at a depth of 1.3 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 79 miles from Fortuna, 80 miles from Humbolt Hill and 81 miles...

  • Destruction from Italy quake a grave warning for California's old brick buildings

    Destruction from Italy quake a grave warning for California's old brick buildings

    Surveying the devastation of centuries-old villages pummeled by a major earthquake in central Italy this week, it’s easy for Californians to think that the more modern buildings here would better survive the shaking. But seismic experts and structural engineers say there remain many buildings across...

  • The 'Holy Grail' for earthquake scientists has been accidentally destroyed

    The 'Holy Grail' for earthquake scientists has been accidentally destroyed

    For nearly half a century, thousands trekked to Rose and Prospect streets to behold a slice of sidewalk that, by conventional standards, had no curb appeal. Pulled apart so that it no longer aligned, the humble curb wasn’t much to look at. But for earthquake scientists, it was a kind of Holy Grail,...

  • 'Seismic strain': Land around the San Andreas fault is rising and sinking, new earthquake research shows

    'Seismic strain': Land around the San Andreas fault is rising and sinking, new earthquake research shows

    For the first time, scientists have produced a computer image showing huge sections of California rising and sinking around the San Andreas fault.  The vertical movement is the result of seismic strain that will be ultimately released in a large earthquake. The San Andreas fault is California’s...

  • Earthquake: Magnitude 3.3 quake strikes near King City, Calif.

    A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon 18 miles from King City, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 1:32 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 24 miles from Coalinga, 26 miles from Greenfield...

  • Deadly but little-known: Why scientists are so afraid of the San Jacinto fault

    Deadly but little-known: Why scientists are so afraid of the San Jacinto fault

    The 5.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the desert southeast of Los Angeles on Friday was centered along the San Jacinto fault, which is one of the region’s most active and potentially dangerous fault lines.  The fault runs through populated areas such as San Bernardino, Colton, Moreno Valley, Redlands,...

  • Earthquake: Magnitude 3.6 quake strikes near Boulder Creek, Calif.

    Earthquake: Magnitude 3.6 quake strikes near Boulder Creek, Calif.

    A shallow magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Saturday morning six miles from Boulder Creek, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:04 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 6.8 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was six miles from Saratoga, nine miles from...

  • What are the odds of dying in an earthquake?

    What are the odds of dying in an earthquake?

    It's easy to be anxious about an earthquake. A leading seismic expert recently warned that Southern California's section of the San Andreas fault is "locked, loaded and ready to roll." But experts also say it's important to keep perspective: The chances of dying in a large temblor are actually...

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