- - Sunday, August 28, 2011


Small 3.5 earthquake hits state’s biggest city

ANCHORAGE — Seismologists say a minor earthquake occurred in Alaska, jolting the state’s largest city.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the 3.5 magnitude quake hit at 3 p.m. Sunday 34 miles northwest of Anchorage.

The quake was felt in Anchorage, but there were no immediate reports of damage.


Wildfire near Yosemite forces 100 to leave homes

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — About 100 people have been ordered to leave their homes as a wildfire burns outside Yosemite National Park, fire officials said Sunday.

Residents of the community of Rancheria were told to evacuate Saturday, while residents of the nearby communities of Yosemite West, Old El Portal, Incline and Jerseydale were told they might have leave their homes.

The blaze, which is burning in a steep and rugged area of thick forests along State Highway 140, has also forced the indefinite closure of the road, one of the main entrances into the park. Despite the size of the blaze and its proximity to Yosemite, park officials said it was not affecting activities within the park.

“Smoke is not really impacting the valley today,” Yosemite fire information officer Kass Hardy said.

The blaze, which began Thursday when a motorhome caught fire, was 35 percent contained Sunday. About 850 firefighting personnel were on the scene, including helicopter crews.


Soldier sought in 4 deaths found dead in woods

JAMISON — An Army officer suspected of killing four people in Pennsylvania and Virginia was found dead in a wooded area Sunday after a manhunt during Tropical Storm Irene’s winds and heavy rains paralyzed residents in the Philadelphia suburb.

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