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Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant.

Afghan quake leaves 4 dead, 100 houses destroyed

Kabul, Apr 12 (EFE).- An earthquake that rattled northern Afghanistan in the wee hours of Saturday left at least four people dead and nearly 100 houses destroyed, officials told Efe. The magnitude-4.1 earthquake struck at 2:30 a.m. and shook the towns of Khawaja Khairaq and Pesta Mazar in the Rustaq district, Takhar province, a provincial police spokesman said. "Thus far, four people have been found dead and at least 100 houses destroyed," the spokesman said, adding that more casualties are feared and that a rescue team had been dispatched to the area.

Ohio links fracking to earthquakes, announces tougher rules

By Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - Recent small earthquakes in Ohio were likely triggered by fracking, state regulators said on Friday, a new link that could have implications for oil and gas drilling in the Buckeye State and beyond. In the strongest wording yet from the state linking energy drilling and quakes, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said that injecting sand, water and chemicals deep underground to help release oil and gas may have produced tremors in Poland Township last month.

Chileans scramble for supplies after new quake

Chileans desperate for supplies stood in long lines outside shops on Thursday after strong aftershocks from a deadly 8.2-magnitude earthquake forced them to spend another night out in the cold. After six people were killed in late Tuesday's earthquake, northern Chile was rocked by a powerful 7.6-magnitude aftershock Wednesday night, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes once more.

Chileans scramble for supplies after new quake

Chileans desperate for supplies stood in long lines outside shops on Thursday after strong aftershocks from a deadly 8.2-magnitude earthquake forced them to spend another night out in the cold. After six people were killed in late Tuesday's earthquake, northern Chile was rocked by a powerful 7.6-magnitude aftershock Wednesday night, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes once more.

Another earthquake rattles southern California following 5.1 quake

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - Residents of southern California were rattled by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake Saturday afternoon, the largest of more than 100 aftershocks following Friday's 5.1 rumbler that caused light scattered damage around the Los Angeles area. Saturday's quake rippled through an area near Rowland Heights, California, about 2:32 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor was considered relatively shallow with a depth of 5.6 miles, the USGS said.

Los Angeles quake causes little damage, much nervousness

Washington, Mar 29 (EFE).- A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered southeast of downtown Los Angeles left little in the way of damage but made many people nervous because of the approximately 40 aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey said the largest temblor struck at 9:09 p.m. Friday, with its epicenter between the towns of La Habra and Brea in Orange County and at a depth of 7.5 kilometers (4 3/4 miles). The USGS continues recording the quake's aftershocks, which had reached 38 by the time of its last report.

Pre-dawn quake jolts jittery Los Angeles

Los Angeles was jolted awake Monday by a shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 that jangled nerves in the West Coast but caused no major damage or casualties. Car and burglar alarms went off and a few objects fell off shelves after the tremor, which struck just before dawn with its epicenter some 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, at a depth of only five miles. It was the most significant shaking caused by an earthquake in southern California since one with a magnitude of 5.5 in 2008.

Pre-dawn quake jolts jittery Los Angeles

Los Angeles was jolted awake Monday by a shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 that jangled nerves in the West Coast but caused no major damage or casualties. Car and burglar alarms went off and a few objects fell off shelves after the tremor, which struck just before dawn with its epicenter some 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, at a depth of only five miles. It was the most significant shaking caused by an earthquake in southern California since one with a magnitude of 5.5 in 2008.

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake rocks Los Angeles area

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck just outside of Los Angeles on Monday, rattling early morning commuters across a wide swath of Southern California but causing no damage or injury. The quake, which was initially registered by the U.S. Geological Survey as a 4.7, struck shortly before 6:30 a.m. local time and was centered about 6 miles north-northwest of Westwood, California.
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