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The Latest: 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Southern California



6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes southern california

In the town closest to the epicenter of Thursday morning’s earthquake, the lights are finally back on — though residents are still waiting for water and gas to return.
The other issue, according to CBS2’s Tom Wait, is that there have been unsettling aftershocks throughout the evening, hours after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit.

“This one got to me, and I’m still a little shaken up,” one resident said. “I’m still worried about the aftershocks, and they keep saying that we might have more. So, it’s scary.”

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake’s epicenter was 7.5 miles southwest of Searles Valley at a depth of 6.6 miles. The earthquake was initially given a magnitude of 6.6, but was later revised to a 6.4. It’s the largest earthquake to hit the region since 1999.

The quake was preceded by two foreshocks: the first at 10:02 a.m. with a magnitude of 4.0 and the second one seven minutes later with a magnitude of 2.5. The 6.4 quake happened 24 minutes later.

The earthquake was followed by dozens of aftershocks in the Ridgecrest and Searles Valley areas, measuring anywhere from magnitude 2.9 to 4.2. In the first 90 minutes following the earthquake, there were six aftershocks with magnitudes above 4.0 and roughly 30 with magnitudes above 3.0, according to seismologists.

According to the Southern California Seismic Network, by 3:15 p.m., more than 220 aftershocks were recorded. The largest was a magnitude 4.6. There were 12 with magnitudes above 4.0, 59 with recorded magnitudes above 3.0 and 162 with magnitudes above 2.0. More aftershocks are expected in the next few days.

Residents in Trona — a place known by tourists as a little town on the way in and out of Death Valley — said the shaking was violent enough to fling glass bottles to the ground, spill the contents of cabinets to the floor and knock photos off the wall.

“I thought my tire popped,” Ashly Evans, who was in her car with her 2-week-old baby, said. “I went into the dirt and then I saw that the road had like waves in it. … I was in front of the school, and it was just going back and forth.”

And while crews have patched up the worst of the cracks in the road caused by the quake, residents are still without vital services, and there’s no time frame for when gas and water will be restored.
For the residents of Ridgecrest — 25 miles southwest of Trona — CBS2’s Nicole Comstock reports they’re shaken by the morning’s events.

The moment the earthquake hit, young children were in the middle of performing a play at a local school. Video taken from the event shows the children screaming as the violent shaking starts.

The Eastridge Market suffered thousands of dollars in damage from the shaking as glass bottles shattered on the ground. Another business lost $40,000 worth of computer parts in what one employee said felt like a freight train hitting the building.
One woman lost her trailer as the vibrations from the earth buckled the structure.

“I thought my house was collapsing on top of us,” she said. “It’s a very scary thing.”

Another family lost their home to fire after the quake rattled gas lines.

Throughout San Bernardino County, water main breaks, cracked buildings and downed power lines were reported, and a massive house fire was captured on cell phone video.

The quake was felt as far south as Orange County and as far east as Las Vegas.


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




Laurent Simons

(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne




Lena Horne

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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