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Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

Jan. 16, 2019 1:46 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage. A look back at the damage, deaths and developments in seismic safety since the disaster: ___ THE...

AP PHOTOS: 1994 LA quake caused widespread devastation

Jan. 16, 2019 1:39 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years ago this week, a hidden fault under Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley neighborhoods unleashed a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that killed dozens, shattered buildings, broke water mains and ignited fires. The ground shook horizontally and vertically for up to 10 seconds, most...

AP WAS THERE: Southern California's deadly 1994 earthquake

Jan. 16, 2019 1:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week marks 25 years since a deadly earthquake struck Southern California's densely populated San Fernando Valley. The state said at least 57 died in the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake, but a study issued the following year put the death toll at 72, including heart attacks. About...

New storm brings risk of blizzard to Northern California

Jan. 16, 2019 1:22 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another Pacific storm was set to hit California on Wednesday, bringing a threat of mudslides to the site of the deadliest wildfire in state history and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada. An evacuation warning was in place into Thursday morning for Pulga, a canyon community in...

California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warning

Jan. 15, 2019 10:55 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pacific storm that brought fears of dangerous mudslides and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada was less fierce than expected but hundreds of homes in fire-scarred California areas remained under evacuation orders as more rain was expected. "Please heed disaster messages and...

The Latest: Santa Barbara County lifts evacuations

Jan. 15, 2019 10:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a series of California and Nevada storms (all times local): 7 p.m. Santa Barbara County, scene of a devastating fire and a deadly mudslide last year, has lifted mandatory evacuation orders that drove thousands of people from Montecito and surrounding areas. The city says a...

Earthquake reported off coast of Maryland

Jan. 15, 2019 9:07 PM EST

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A light earthquake has been recorded off the coast of Maryland. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday evening in the Atlantic Ocean, about 136 miles (219 kilometers) southeast of Ocean City, Maryland. No tsunami warning has been issued. In a...

PG&E bankruptcy could mean price hikes, unpaid fire lawsuits

Jan. 15, 2019 8:51 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said this week it will file for bankruptcy, raising concern that rates for electricity and gas will rise and victims of California wildfires who are suing the nation's largest utility won't get all the money they may be owed. Here are some key things...

Filing: OxyContin maker forecast 'blizzard of prescriptions'

Jan. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were...

Avalanches, flooding cause disruptions in Austria, Germany

Jan. 15, 2019 12:38 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Bad weather continued to afflict parts of Europe on Tuesday with avalanches in Austria striking buildings and roads but resulting in no injuries. An overnight avalanche in Ramsau, central Austria, slammed a hotel. All 60 visitors and staff, most of whom were from a Danish ski club, got out of...