Posts Tagged ‘Southern California’

Source of mystery odor still not found; some say Salton Sea to blame

September 11, 2012 Comments off


Dead tilapia fish rot on the mud of the shore of the Salton Sea in March. Funding to stop the ecological collapse of the sea is not likely in the near futures with its $9 billion price tag. (Getty Images file photo)

A mail carrier in San Bernardino said it smelled like rotten eggs. A woman in Rancho Cucamonga blamed it on dairy cows in Chino. A man in Rialto said he couldn’t smell it at all. And about 60 miles west in Los Angeles, curious callers in the north end of the San Fernando Valley were calling the Fire Department seeking answers.

They were among thousands across the Southland on Monday to catch a whiff of what officials said was the result of biological decay, possibly from the Salton Sea, and an unusual wind that pushed it west.

Fontana resident Walter Martinez, 33, may have best described the foul odor wafting through the Inland area.

“It’s kind of funky,” he said. “If I go outside and take a breath, I cough. I feel an air irritation.”

Air quality officials from around the region fielded phone calls throughout the day from residents concerned about the smell.

Field inspectors with the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar spent the day investigating the possible causes of what they described as “widespread sulfur odors.”

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

September 16, 2011 Comments off


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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Dead fish wash ashore north of Los Angeles

April 20, 2011 1 comment

First Snow in 35 Years for San Francisco this Week!?

February 25, 2011 Comments off
Heather Buchman, Meteorologist
Feb 24, 2011; 3:13 PM ET
For more details on this week’s potentially historic event in San Francisco and to see the snow that fell in the higher elevations there last weekend, click on this video.

It’s been more than three decades since snow has fallen in downtown San Francisco, and there is a possibility that this long streak will be broken by the end of this week.

Lower elevations around Los Angeles, as well as other parts of California and the Southwest where it rarely snows, could also have snowflakes flying this weekend. Las Vegas is another place where snowflakes may be seen.

In some places, the snow will be heavy enough to disrupt travel significantly or even shut down travel completely.

“With snow potentially falling down to sea level in the San Francisco Bay area, this could be a one-in-30-year event if it all transpires,” warned Western Expert Ken Clark Wednesday.

Snow already made an appearance in some of Read more…