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Magnitude 5 quake hits shaky California desert region

Aug. 22, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude 5 earthquake has jolted the region of California desert where last month's powerful 7.1 temblor has been followed by thousands of aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey says Thursday's quake occurred at 1:49 p.m. and was centered 19.8 miles (32 kilometers) north of...

Quake damage estimate tops $5B at California Navy base

Aug. 14, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Earthquakes that struck California last month caused more than $5 billion in damage to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, a sprawling desert facility where some of the military's most advanced weapons are tested, according to an estimate made public Wednesday. A survey of nearly 3,600...

California seeking quake disaster assistance from feds

Aug. 6, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to declare a disaster for two counties struck by large earthquakes last month. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he's asking the agency to declare Kern and San Bernardino counties a disaster area, which would make...

California hospitals question 2030 earthquake standards

Aug. 4, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California hospital spent $72 million on a building designed to do two things after an earthquake: stay standing and stay open. But when a pair of strong earthquakes struck the region last month, the hospital couldn't use it. Structurally, the building was OK. But some...

4.7 quake hits CA desert area hit by earlier, bigger quakes

Jul. 25, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — The United States Geological Survey says a 4.7-magnitude earthquake has shaken California's Mojave Desert, the latest of thousands of aftershocks following two larger quakes that hit the area earlier this month. The UGS says the quake struck at 5:42 p.m. Thursday. Although felt...

Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

Jul. 18, 2019 5:59 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) —        Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department to look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in...

Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

Jul. 18, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert. In a opinions by the...

Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

Jul. 18, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert. In a opinions by the...

Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

Jul. 18, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert. In a opinions by the...