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System gave warning of Calif. earthquake

PASADENA, Calif., March 13 (UPI) -- Seismologists in California say an earthquake early-warning system proved a success, giving them 30 seconds to prepare for a quake that struck Monday.

Moderate quakes hits LA area

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A cluster of moderate earthquakes with magnitudes reaching 4.5 shook the Los Angeles area Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

SoCal desert quake swarm continues

PASADENA, Calif., March 26 (UPI) -- A micro-earthquake shook the middle of California's Salton Sea Thursday as seismologists said they expected a swarm of shakers in the area to persist.

Russia quake vibrations picked up in SoCal

PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Computerized earthquake sensors in California mistakenly registered shock waves from a quake in Russia as local temblors, seismologists said Monday.

Building codes prevented more quake damage

CHINO HILLS, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Strict local building codes prevented much greater damage from Tuesday's magnitude 5.4 southern California earthquake, analysts said.

N. California quake sparks tsunami warning

CRESCENT CITY, Calif., June 15 (UPI) -- An earthquake centered near Crescent City in northern California triggered an hour-long tsunami warning from Alaska to the Mexican border.

Quake produced light shaking in SoCal

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Much of the Los Angeles area experienced some minor shaking early Tuesday when a light earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale struck near Yorba Linda sho
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Kate Hutton, nicknamed the Earthquake Lady or Dr. Kate, is staff seismologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.

Hutton received a B.S. in astronomy from Pennsylvania State University in 1971, and an M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) in astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked for the Caltech earthquake center as a seismologist her entire career.

After graduation, Hutton says she found astronomy jobs scarce, so switched careers. She sees the two professions as similar: "Earth is a planet, after all, so it's sort of a matter of looking down rather than looking up." Most of her job is consumed by bureaucracy and data analysis, but immediately following a major earthquake, especially in Southern California, Hutton is sought by the media for her professional commentary. Her local celebrity is such that people take note of her shopping, whether she is replacing glassware or stocking up.

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