Natural Disaster
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Aftershocks rattle Southern California

by Kent Covington
Posted 7/08/19, 09:33 am

Aftershocks continued on Sunday in Southern California after the strongest earthquake in two decades hit the area on Friday. Gov. Gavin Newsom called the magnitude 7.1 quake a “wake-up call.” He said local governments must take a hard look at alert systems and building codes, and residents need to have an emergency plan for themselves and their families. Officials voiced concerns about the possibility of major aftershocks in the days and even months to come. Seismologists said there could be up to 30,000 aftershocks over the next six months.

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Large earthquake strikes Southern California

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/05/19, 11:44 am

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake centered in the Mojave Desert hit Southern California and parts of Nevada Thursday morning. No deaths were reported, but Kern County Fire Chief David Witt said the town of Ridgecrest, Calif., reported some structural damage and multiple injuries. He added that authorities evacuated 15 hospital patients from a regional facility as a precaution and emergency crews battled two house fires and responded to small vegetation fires, gas leaks, and cracked roads.

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Storms batter southern Plains

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/20/19, 10:22 am

A spate of tornadoes hit the southern Plains over the weekend, with more severe weather possible in the coming days. An EF2 tornado destroyed two homes and injured one person in Geronimo, Okla., on Saturday morning, the National Weather Service confirmed, with another suspected tornado damaging numerous homes in northwestern Arkansas. Kansas and Nebraska also saw several twisters on Friday.

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