- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2008

Nevada rocked by scores of aftershocks

RENO, Nev. — Scientists urged residents of northern Nevada’s largest city to prepare for a bigger event as the area continued rumbling yesterday after the largest earthquake in a two-month long series of temblors.

More than 100 aftershocks were recorded on the western edge of the city after a magnitude-4.7 quake hit Friday night, the strongest quake around Reno since one measuring 5.2 in 1953, said researchers at the seismological laboratory at the University of Nevada at Reno.

The latest quake swept store shelves clean, cracked walls in homes and dislodged rocks on hillsides, but there were no reports of injuries or major widespread damage.

Seismologists said the recent activity is unusual because the quakes started out small and continue to build in strength. The normal pattern is for a main quake to be followed by smaller aftershocks.

Hundreds mourn Ohio soldier

BATAVIA, Ohio — The remains of an Ohio soldier missing nearly four years since he was captured in Iraq have returned to his home state.

Members of Sgt. Matt Maupin’s unit say they met privately with his family and presented them with the 20-year-old soldier’s Purple Heart and other decorations.

The 70 members of the Illinois-based 724th Transportation Company of the U.S. Army Reserve also were among hundreds to file past the flag-shrouded casket during a memorial service in suburban Cincinnati.

A tip from an Iraqi helped the military find Sgt. Maupin’s remains last month about 12 miles from where his fuel convoy was attacked by insurgents near Baghdad.

Chicago truck crash kills 2, injures 21

CHICAGO — Police yesterday were attempting to determine why a tractor-trailer rig barreled into a Chicago Transit Authority train station, killing two people and injuring 21.

Their investigation included questioning the 51-year-old truck driver, who was briefly hospitalized after the accident during the Friday evening rush hour.

The driver, who authorities said tested negative for alcohol, was led away in handcuffs after he was released from a hospital Friday night. He had not been charged with any crime as of yesterday morning, said police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak. She declined to identify the driver.

The truck swerved off a nearby expressway and veered into the busy Cermak-Chinatown Red Line train station and a bus shelter.

The truck ended up wedged inside a stairwell leading from the street-level station to the elevated train’s platform above. Two women died at the scene, police said.

Twenty-one people were taken to hospitals, fire department spokesman Larry Langford said. Eleven were in critical condition, four of them children, he said. It was not clear yesterday how many patients remained in hospitals.

If it hadn’t been for a delay leaving work, said Elliott Reed, a 30-year-old bank security officer, he could have been one of the victims. He said he “heard the big bang and saw the truck go right into the station.”

Connecticut fire leaves 150 homeless

NORWICH, Conn. — A fast-moving fire destroyed a large apartment complex early yesterday, and authorities were looking for dozens of people who were unaccounted for.

No deaths had been confirmed, but Fire Chief Ken Scandariato said he couldn’t rule out the possibility that some residents may not have escaped.

He said 105 of the estimated 150 residents of the Peachtree Garden Apartments have been located. He said some may have gone to stay with friends and relatives, but he added: “It’s a question right now. It’s in question.”

Chief Scandariato said the wreckage was still too hot by late morning to allow the use of arson dogs or cadaver dogs, and officials expected to be at the scene until at least the afternoon today.

The fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. in a 12-building apartment complex with a common roof. Two of the buildings were fully engulfed by flames by the time firefighters arrived and tenants were calling for help, Chief Scandariato said.

Firefighters and police officers ran door to door to alert anyone still inside, he said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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