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I am Jeff, I LIVE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN THE USA and I'm just like any other contributor here. My primary goal here is to help build and maintain this Wikinews. I am a Technical Specialist at a company called AT&T. I'm a total computer nerd, and spend way too much time on computers. My knowledge covers LAN networking "hardware and software", hardware testing and benchmarking, some Visual Basic programming, HTML and web design, graphics design, excellent troubleshooting skills on computer systems, software implementation and compatibility, customize system performance on standalone PC’s, servers and entire networks. Please, do not hesitate to contact me. I am more than happy to help out others. I want to tell everyone about the things that I have found out through a whole lot of searching.
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Southern California 5.8 Quake
Minor damage from 5.8 quake shows California has learned its lessons
By Joel Rubin, David Pierson and Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
July 30, 2008
The earthquake that rattled Southern California on Tuesday might have caused devastation if it had taken place in some parts of the world, but relatively strict building codes ensured that most of the region's infrastructure -- homes, schools, freeways and rail systems -- rolled with the magnitude 5.8 punch, which was centered near Chino Hills and felt as far as Las Vegas.
As aftershocks continued to reverberate, officials inspected airports, freeways and buildings, and reported little damage from the quake, which occurred at 11:42 a.m. and was the first significant temblor in more than a decade to be centered in an urban area of California. The biggest strains were felt in phone and Internet systems, which buckled due to overwhelming demand in the minutes after the jolt.
The quake struck hardest in an area of San Bernardino County that has seen massive growth in population and housing in the last decade. That meant that the buildings shaken the hardest were mostly built under California's strictest building codes, updated in 1997 in response to the 6.7 Northridge quake of 1994. That kept damage to a minimum. Only minor injuries were reported, three at an outpatient medical clinic in Brea and five at a building in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles.