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California Earthquake: Officials Warn Of Aftershocks After 5.6 Magnitude Quake Rocks Northern Coast

February 14, 2012 2 comments

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A 5.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the Northern California coast Monday afternoon, yielding no immediate injuries or damage but prompting warnings of several aftershocks throughout the week.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake struck around 1:07 p.m. about 18 miles inland in Humboldt County.

(Photo: USGS.com)<br>A 5.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the Northern California coast Monday afternoon, yielding no immediate injuries or damage but prompting warnings of several aftershocks throughout the week. The quake, which struck around 1:07 p.m., had its epicenter in a rural area near Weitchpec on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.

(Photo: USGS.com)
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the Northern California coast Monday afternoon, yielding no immediate injuries or damage but prompting warnings of several aftershocks throughout the week. The quake, which struck around 1:07 p.m., had its epicenter in a rural area near Weitchpec on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.

Its epicenter was a rural area near Weitchpec on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. The reservation is about 240 miles north of San Francisco, and 60 miles south of the Oregon-California border.

The Northern California quake was widely felt within a 100-mile radius, according to the USGS web site. The depth of the earthquake was roughly 20.4 miles.

‘You have no control of these things.’

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and Eureka Police Department sent officials to check on residents, but dispatchers said there were  Full article here

Waiting For Death Valley’s Big Bang: A Volcanic Explosion Crater May Have Future Potential

January 23, 2012 1 comment

nanopatentsandinnovations.blogspot.com

In California’s Death Valley, death is looking just a bit closer. Geologists have determined that the half-mile-wide Ubehebe Crater, formed by a prehistoric volcanic explosion, was created far more recently than previously thought—and conditions for a sequel may exist today.
Scientists dated the crater using rock fragments thrown out when it exploded. Lead author Peri Sasnett contemplates a sample.
Credit: Brent Goehring/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Up to now, geologists were vague on the age of the 600-foot-deep crater, which formed when a rising plume of magma hit a pocket of underground water, creating an explosion. The most common estimate was about 6,000 years before present, based partly on Native American artifacts found under debris. Now, a team based at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has used isotopes in rocks blown out of the crater to show that it formed just 800 years ago, around the year 1300. That geologic youth means it probably still has Read more…

Fireball sparks panic as it shoots across 250 miles of night sky above California

September 16, 2011 Comments off

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When a streak of fire blazed through the air above southern California, people could have been forgiven for thinking the Earth was under attack.Thousands saw it from Phoenix in Arizona to Las Vegas and Los Angeles and local authorities were swamped with reports of ball of flame in the night sky.One witness said: ‘It was huge. It had a Read more…

Strong to major earthquake is guaranteed to hit Southern California near the Salton Sea in the next 7 days

September 16, 2011 Comments off

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7.0 likely – risk of 7.5+ earthquake.
Pine Valley, Ocotillo, Borrego Springs, Salton Sea.

Risk of 5.0 to 5.5 earthquake
Cajon Pass, Hesperia, Crestline, Wrightwood, Big Bear City.

Risk of 4.0 to 4.4 earthquake
San Jose, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos.

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Huge ‘New Zealand swell’ hitting California

September 5, 2011 Comments off

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Newport Beach, California

AP

NEW ZEALAND SWELL: A beach goer takes photos of surfers and body boarders as a large swell hits California beaches.

Massive waves slamming into California’s coast – killing at least one person and causing millions of dollars in damage – are being labelled the “New Zealand surf” because of where they are coming from.

In a rare event, a big weather system between New Zealand and Antarctica has generated a heavy Pacific wide swell, bringing the waves to California.

Sean Collins, chief forecaster and president of Surfline, told news website Patch.com he warned Californian authorities over the swell.

“Extra caution is urged to keep the public aware and safe from these large waves and associated rip currents.”

He said it was one of the biggest swells to hit with some waves coming ashore at six to seven metres.

Collins said southern hemisphere storms routinely produced waves in California, but this latest one was in the top 10 percent of known waves.

The US National Weather Service has warned beachgoers were Read more…

New data spill shows risk of online health records

August 22, 2011 Comments off

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Until recently, medical files belonging to nearly 300,000 Californians sat unsecured on the Internet for the entire world to see.

There were insurance forms, Social Security numbers and doctors’ notes. Among the files were summaries that spelled out, in painstaking detail, a trucker’s crushed fingers, a maintenance worker’s broken ribs and one man’s bout with sexual dysfunction.

At a time of mounting computer hacking threats, the incident offers an alarming glimpse at privacy risks as the nation moves steadily into an era in which every American’s sensitive medical information will be digitized.

can lower costs, cut bureaucracy and ultimately save lives. The government is offering bonuses to early adopters and threatening penalties and cuts in Read more…

8/15/2011 — CONFIRMED ! SMOKE and STEAM coming out from the ground in south California

August 15, 2011 1 comment