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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits Los Angeles area

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck the Los Angeles area in southern California , the US Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 5.3, was very shallow, only 1.2 miles (2 km) deep, with its epicentre located just 2 miles (3 km) east of the town of La Habra and some 27 miles (43 km) from Long Beach. It was not immediately know if the quake had caused any damage.


US couple find rare gold coins worth $10m in garden

A California couple found a stash of rare gold coins worth more than $10 million (£6 million) as they walked their dog in their garden.

The couple found the coins as they walked their dog at their California home. Credit: Reuters

The 1,427 gold pieces, dating from 1847 to 1894, were discovered buried in eight metal cans on the couple's property in April last year.

The pair are choosing to remain anonymous to stop people descending on their property in the search for more gold, a representative said.

Some of the coins could fetch as much as one million dollars apiece. Credit: Reuters

Some of the rarest coins could sell for as much as £1 million dollars (£600,000) apiece, a coin expert claimed.

The couple who found the coins have decided to remain anonymous. Credit: Reuters

US border agency grounds fleet after drone crashes

US Customs and Border Protection has grounded its drone fleet after a crew was forced to crash a pilotless craft off the coast of southern California, a spokesman said.

The crew operating the malfunctioning drone deliberately downed it in the Pacific Ocean last night after a mechanical problem.

The drone and systems on board were worth $12 million (£7.2m), the official said.


Wildfire in hills near Los Angeles largely contained

A helicopter drops water as firefighters battle a fast-moving California wildfire on Friday. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins

A wildfire in the hills near Los Angeles was more than 75 percent contained on Sunday, after blackening some 1,900 acres (769 hectares) of drought-parched shrubland and destroying five homes, officials said.

The so-called Colby Fire, which officials said started from a campfire, was expected to be fully contained by Tuesday, said Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the Angeles National Forest & Fire Department.

The blaze, centered in the San Gabriel Mountains on territory that is part of the Angeles National Forest, was 78 percent contained, Judy said.

Campers arrested over California wildfires

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of recklessly starting the fast-moving wildfire in California.

The three men arrested on suspicion of recklessly starting the fast-moving California wildfire. Credit: Reuters

Clifford Eugene Henry Jr. 22, Jonathan Carl Jarrell, 23, and Steven Robert Aguirre, 21, were camping in the area.

"Reportedly they set a campfire and were tossing papers into the campfire and a breeze kicked up and set the fire," Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said. "They are being cooperative. I'm told one has made an admission to our detectives and has admitted setting this fire."

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