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September 15, 2011
A magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit the Newport Beach area early Thursday morning. The temblor occurred at 2:56 a.m. in the San Joaquin Hills area about two miles from Newport Beach and four miles from Irvine. It was felt over a large swath of Orange County, mostly notably Irvine and the South County region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of damage. —From LATimes.com Twitter: @LATimes
NEWS
April 9, 2014
In the wake of the 5.1 temblor that rattled the region late last month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors this week took a necessary step toward unlocking state and federal disaster relief funds. At its meeting Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to proclaim a local emergency and ask the governor to declare a state emergency. That, in turn, would make the county eligible to receive money for clean-up and repairs. While board Vice Chairwoman Pat Bates, acting as board chair, declared a local emergency on April 4, this week's move solidified the proclamation.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | March 18, 2011
"And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. " — I Kings 19:12 (KJV) Recently, I've answered many questions from readers about God and evil. Many people wanted to know how a good and powerful God could be reconciled with the profound and proliferating instances of evil in the world. Now, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has sent shudders across our planet — and our lives — putting a bloody edge to such agonizing questions about God and goodness.
NEWS
March 21, 2002
California's first recorded earthquake, felt by the Spanish in 1769 and measured by the length of Hail Marys they could utter, may have been powerful enough to raise the Orange County shoreline more than 11 feet in some places, UC Irvine researchers say. The "severe" earthquake, described in Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola's diary, may have had a 7.3 magnitude, significantly larger than the 6.7-magnitude Northridge earthquake...
NEWS
May 18, 2009
Nerves were frayed and walls were shaken, but little else was damaged in Newport-Mesa Sunday night after a 4.7-magnitude earthquake centered out of Los Angeles County rumbled through Southern California. Costa Mesa and Newport Beach’s firefighters and police departments saw an uptick in calls immediately following the 8:39 p.m. earthquake, most calling to see what was going on and if everything was OK, officials said. No damage or power outages were reported from the evening temblor.
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By Lauren Williams | September 16, 2011
COSTA MESA - What caused a 10-ton tree to fall on a woman's car while she waited at a stop light remained unclear to public safety officials and seismic and horticultural experts Friday. But theories - from moist soil to trimmed roots to this week's earthquake - emerged from the tragedy that claimed Haeyoon Miller, 29, who died following the impact on 17th Street and Irvine Avenue on Thursday afternoon. A 3.5 earthquake that took place off Newport Beach about 2:56 a.m. Thursday may have played a role, though there easily could have been other contributing factors, according to Lisa Grant Ludwig, a UC Irvine seismologist.
LOCAL
September 22, 2007
Costa Mesa wants to remind residents during National Preparedness Month that earthquakes hit without warning and the consequences can be brutal. The best defense is to have emergency supplies stored up and action plans set up for families, businesses and schools. Partnering with the Earthquake Country Alliances ?Dare to Prepare? campaign for the month of September, city officials have issued a safety video and reading materials online. Officials suggest you get an emergency supply kit, make a plan to protect yourselves and stay informed with various techniques and safety issues.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 26, 2011
COSTA MESA — When Aidan Rowe, 8, had his birthday last week, he decided some things were more important than presents. For his March 20 party, he asked his second-grade classmates at the Waldorf School in Costa Mesa to give him donations for the relief efforts in Japan. Over the past week, he's raised more than $1,000 with the help of his friends and their families. When asked why he wanted to help, the Newport Beach youngster said, "Since the tsunami and the earthquake … and since I like Japan a lot. " His mother, Chiyo Rowe, said that because the children learn Japanese in school, many of them feel a close connection to Japan.
NEWS
By: STEVE SMITH | September 10, 2005
Hours after I suggested that an earthquake in our area could have the same type of aftermath as hurricane, the Los Angeles Times ran a couple of articles supporting this opinion. One of them compared the 1906 San Francisco earthquake with the effects of Hurricane Katrina and found many similarities: death and destruction, obviously, but also looting, mayhem and fires. The fires, in fact, were responsible for the widespread destruction of the city.
FEATURES
By CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON | August 22, 2008
It’s a whisper that started with shaking. I felt as if God whispered a message to me beginning with the recent earthquake. I’ve pondered the message as if I have just enough knowledge of another language to know there are exciting words involved, but I don’t quite have the actual translation. I’m perplexed, but impressed that a message is bubbling up deep from my soul, and the message is good. Part of the message is that God is good, gloriously good, and totally beyond comprehension.
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April 9, 2014
In the wake of the 5.1 temblor that rattled the region late last month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors this week took a necessary step toward unlocking state and federal disaster relief funds. At its meeting Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to proclaim a local emergency and ask the governor to declare a state emergency. That, in turn, would make the county eligible to receive money for clean-up and repairs. While board Vice Chairwoman Pat Bates, acting as board chair, declared a local emergency on April 4, this week's move solidified the proclamation.
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By Hannah Fry | March 27, 2014
Nearly 50 city employees wearing color-coded emergency vests sat underground in the Emergency Operations Center at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Thursday morning simulating their roles in the event of a natural disaster. Each year, the city conducts an emergency drill to make sure all employees are prepared for even the worst scenarios, said Katie Eing, emergency services coordinator with the Newport Beach Fire Department. Employees prepare for disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes and fires, among other situations.
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By Mike Reicher | August 8, 2012
Newport Beach's oldest yacht club is planning to replace its 1919 clubhouse with a larger, modernized building. The Newport Harbor Yacht Club applied for city permits last month that would allow it to exceed the bayfront height limitation and construct a new building with a second-story ballroom. The current clubhouse at 720 West Bay Ave. often floods when storms and high tides inundate the Balboa Peninsula, and the old wooden structure is more vulnerable to earthquakes and fires than its proposed replacement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | October 13, 2011
The western part of Southern California is highly susceptible to earthquakes and their effects. Numerous fault lines crisscross southern California and no one within the region lives more than 10 miles from an active fault. At 10:20 a.m. Oct. 20, the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Ave., will participate in the 2011 Southern California Shakeout, the largest earthquake drill in United States history. The purpose of the drill is to motivate Southern Californians to be prepared for a big earthquake and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | September 16, 2011
COSTA MESA - What caused a 10-ton tree to fall on a woman's car while she waited at a stop light remained unclear to public safety officials and seismic and horticultural experts Friday. But theories - from moist soil to trimmed roots to this week's earthquake - emerged from the tragedy that claimed Haeyoon Miller, 29, who died following the impact on 17th Street and Irvine Avenue on Thursday afternoon. A 3.5 earthquake that took place off Newport Beach about 2:56 a.m. Thursday may have played a role, though there easily could have been other contributing factors, according to Lisa Grant Ludwig, a UC Irvine seismologist.
NEWS
September 15, 2011
A magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit the Newport Beach area early Thursday morning. The temblor occurred at 2:56 a.m. in the San Joaquin Hills area about two miles from Newport Beach and four miles from Irvine. It was felt over a large swath of Orange County, mostly notably Irvine and the South County region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of damage. —From LATimes.com Twitter: @LATimes
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | April 19, 2011
As a tie-in to JapanOC, a portion of the proceeds from select screenings at the Newport Beach Film Festival will benefit the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, a festival organizer announced Tuesday. Part of the money generated from ticket sales for closing-night screenings and films showcased in the JapanOC film series will benefit multiple charities' relief efforts, including the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Japanese affiliate of the International Red Cross, festival cofounder Todd Quartararo said.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 26, 2011
COSTA MESA — When Aidan Rowe, 8, had his birthday last week, he decided some things were more important than presents. For his March 20 party, he asked his second-grade classmates at the Waldorf School in Costa Mesa to give him donations for the relief efforts in Japan. Over the past week, he's raised more than $1,000 with the help of his friends and their families. When asked why he wanted to help, the Newport Beach youngster said, "Since the tsunami and the earthquake … and since I like Japan a lot. " His mother, Chiyo Rowe, said that because the children learn Japanese in school, many of them feel a close connection to Japan.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | March 18, 2011
"And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. " — I Kings 19:12 (KJV) Recently, I've answered many questions from readers about God and evil. Many people wanted to know how a good and powerful God could be reconciled with the profound and proliferating instances of evil in the world. Now, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has sent shudders across our planet — and our lives — putting a bloody edge to such agonizing questions about God and goodness.
NEWS
By Jim DeBoom | March 15, 2011
Following last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Eberhard J. Wirfs, chairman of the Lions Club International Foundation, e-mailed this statement to club members: "Lions, we respond immediately, alongside our fellow Lions of Japan. Within hours of the disaster, Lions Clubs International Foundation committed over $1.25 million [or ¥101.07 million] … for immediate relief for Japan. This includes a major catastrophe grant, six emergency grants and designated donations from Lions worldwide.
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