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By Mary O’Keefe | June 25, 2009
It is almost a certainty that at least one, possibly more, earthquakes have shaken California today. They may not have been large, but they were all significant because these small quakes release pressure from faults. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a fault is a three-dimensional surface within Earth where rocks have broken. The rocks on one side of the fault have moved past the other side. A fault line is where the fault cuts the Earth?s surface. With the help of an airborne radar system, scientists at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge are studying these faults throughout the state to create a type of earthquake map that will allow them to get a better understanding of which faults are most active and which are more likely to have large earthquakes in the future.
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By Charles Cooper | August 18, 2005
La Cañada resident Lucy Jones is looking forward to a new term on the state Seismic Safety Commission, after her reappointment by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jones, probably the most easily recognizable expert on California seismology, directs the United States Geological Survey office in Pasadena, located adjacent to the Caltech Seismology Lab. Jones has served on the commission since 2002, and was recently given a new four-year term. She chaired the study group the past year.
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June 1, 2006
The St. Francis varsity baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat visiting West Torrance, 6-5, on Tuesday in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs and advanced to the championship game. The Golden Knights, who improved to 24-4, will play Santa Ana Foothill in the title game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Anaheim at Angels Stadium. Details of the Foothill game, as well as the West Torrance contest, will be made available in next week's edition.
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October 13, 2005
By Charles Cooper Assemblymember Carol Liu this week expressed dismay over the governor's veto of her bill extending the funding for the California Seismic Safety Commission through 2013. Most of the commission's $1.1 million annual budget is funded through an account generated by a surcharge on commercial and residential insurance policies. Two La Cañada residents, Dr. Lucy Jones and former Los Angeles fire chief Don Manning, are commission members, as is La Crescenta resident Andrew Adelman.
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By Mary O’Keefe | October 2, 2008
Anyone who has lived in California for any period of time is aware that the state is earthquake prone. Students participates in earthquake drills throughout their school career and all California residents should have water and food set aside for the emergency. The problem is there is a big difference between knowing what should be done and actually doing it. The Great Southern California Shake Out earthquake response scenario that will feature an all-encompassing drill next month, hopes to change inaction to action, and get every Californian prepared for the next big earthquake.
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By Mary O'Keefe | March 22, 2007
By not taking lessons from past events, natural disasters can quickly and unnecessarily turn to catastrophes, locals learned from experts March 15 at a public safety forum held in City Hall. The La Cañada Public Safety Commission invited the community to the earthquake awareness seminar conducted by La Cañadan Dr. Lucy Jones of the US Geological Survey, multi-hazard coordinator of Southern California. Also on the panel were La Cañada High teachers Tom Traeger and Dr. Mark Ewoldsen.
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June 12, 2008
Let?s see a show of hands: How many of you believe you are completely prepared for the Big One? I had to throw that word ?completely? in there, didn?t I? Otherwise, you might have been inclined to affirm your ability to ride out the impact of the large earthquake along the southern San Andreas Fault that scientists believe is highly probable. Such an event, by the way, is considered so very likely that scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey are busy planning ?The Great Southern California ShakeOut?
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By Charles Cooper | April 27, 2006
Nationally recognized seismologist and local resident Dr. Lucy Jones had an unexpected addition to her day April 18 when she was attending a San Francisco program noting the centennial of "the big one" on the San Andreas fault; she was told she was losing her post on the state seismic safety commission. Jones said she was attending an event with a number of state leaders when an aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called her and said her nomination to continue on the commission was being withdrawn.
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By Trent Sanders | January 21, 2010
The Haiti earthquake should be a wake-up call for all of us. Bear in mind that the Haiti quake was a 7.0 on a strike/slip tectonic fault. The anticipated “big one” for California will also be on a strike/slip tectonic fault, the San Andreas, and is variously estimated to be in the range of the mid 8’s to the low 9’s, hundreds of times stronger than Haiti’s. Notice that there were two phases of the Haiti quake event. The first was the immediate death and destruction from collapsed buildings.
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By Mary O’Keefe | June 25, 2009
It is almost a certainty that at least one, possibly more, earthquakes have shaken California today. They may not have been large, but they were all significant because these small quakes release pressure from faults. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a fault is a three-dimensional surface within Earth where rocks have broken. The rocks on one side of the fault have moved past the other side. A fault line is where the fault cuts the Earth?s surface. With the help of an airborne radar system, scientists at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge are studying these faults throughout the state to create a type of earthquake map that will allow them to get a better understanding of which faults are most active and which are more likely to have large earthquakes in the future.
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