Millions Feel Quake on California Mexico Border

Updated quake news already. Just happened to be up to catch this and it seems even though there isn’t much damage it may be a record for recent quakes.

TIJUANA, Mexico – One of the strongest earthquakes to hit Southern California in decades shook tens of millions of people in two countries and three states on Sunday, swaying buildings from Los Angeles to Phoenix to Tijuana. At least one person in Mexico was killed and others were feared trapped in their homes.

The 7.2-magnitude quake struck at 3:40 p.m. PDT, about 38 miles (60 kms) southeast of the border city of Mexicali, Mexico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Three aftershocks of magnitudes 5.1, 4.5 and 4.3 followed within the hour.

“It sounds like it’s felt by at least 20 million people at this point,” USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said. “Most of Southern California felt this earthquake.”

The earthquake was felt the hardest in Mexicali, a bustling commerce center along the border.

Baja California state Civil Protection Director Alfredo Escobedo said a man was killed when his home collapsed just outside of Mexicali, and that there were reports of more people trapped in homes in the area.

Rescue teams with dogs and digging equipment were rushing to the city from nearby Tijuana, but a landslide along that highway was slowing traffic.

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7.2 Earthquake Near California Mexico Border

LOS ANGELES – Seismologists have raised the preliminary magnitude of an earthquake in northern Baja California from 6.9 to 7.2.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones says the new magnitude of the 3:40 p.m. Sunday earthquake is still an estimate.

The quake centered south of California’s border with Mexico was widely felt, swaying buildings as far away as San Diego, Los Angeles and Arizona.

There has been no confirmed damage, but some power outages were reported in southern Arizona and Tijuana, Mexico. Jones says any damage would likely have occurred closer to the epicenter such as in the Mexican city of Mexicali or in U.S. border cities.

From the original article:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strong earthquake south of the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday swayed high-rises in downtown Los Angeles and San Diego and was felt across Southern California and Arizona, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.

The 6.9 magnitude quake struck at 3:40 p.m. in Baja California, Mexico, about 19 miles southeast of Mexicali, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The area was hit by magnitude-3.0 quakes all week.

The quake was felt as far north as Santa Barbara, USGS seismologist Susan Potter said.

Strong shaking was reported in the Coachella Valley and Riverside, Calif. The earthquake rattled buildings on the west side of Los Angeles and in the San Fernando Valley, interrupting Easter dinners. Chandeliers swayed and wine jiggled in glasses.

In Los Angeles, the city fire department went on “earthquake status,” and some stalled elevators were reported. No damage was reported in Los Angeles or San Diego.

One woman called firefighters and said she was stuck in an elevator descending from the 34th floor in a building in Century City, but there was no way to immediately know if the breakdown was tied the quake, Los Angeles firefighter Eric Scott said.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says there are no power outages anywhere in the city, spokeswoman Maryanne Pierson said.

The quake was felt for about 40 seconds in Tijuana, Mexico, causing buildings to sway and knocking out power in parts of the city. Families celebrating Easter ran out of the homes, with children screaming and crying.

Baja California state Civil Protection Director Alfredo Escobedo said there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. But he said the assessment was ongoing.

In the Phoenix area, Jacqueline Land said her king-sized bed in her second-floor apartment felt like a boat gently swaying on the ocean.

“I thought to myself, ‘That can’t be an earthquake. I’m in Arizona,'” the Northern California native said. “And I thought, ‘Oh my God, I feel like I’m 9 years old.'”

A police dispatcher in Yuma, Ariz., said the quake was very strong there, but no damage was reported. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office had gotten a few calls, mostly from alarm companies because of alarms going off.

Mike Wong, who works at a journalism school in downtown Phoenix, said he was in his second-floor office getting some work done Sunday afternoon when he heard sounds and felt the building start to sway.

“I heard some cracking sounds, like Rice Krispies,” coming from the building, he said. “I didn’t think much of it, but I kept hearing it, and then I started feeling a shake. I thought, ‘You know what? I think that might be an earthquake.”

Wong said the swaying lasted for “just a few seconds,” and he didn’t notice any damage.

An earthquake also hit in Northern California Sunday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Survey says a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 was recorded at 3:49 p.m. about 25 miles north of Santa Rosa.

A dispatcher with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said the agency had not received any calls for service after the quake.

AP Story. Check here for updates.

Also, check this LINK for ongoing quake information.

Arnold Fiddles While L.A. Burns

Amid the flames and ashes of the fires still burning in Southern California, Arnold Schwarzenegger (RINO CA) has decided the best way to cope would be to bring thousands of people into the heart of the flames to talk about global warming.

L.A. burns as Arnold fiddles w/global warming lies

L.A. burns as Arnold fiddles w/global warming lies

On Tuesday, the California governor will convene a two-day Global Climate Summit in Beverly Hills. More than 600 environmental officials and activists from Borneo to Bulgaria, along with five U.S. governors and regional politicians from foreign nations, are expected to attend. Grandiose gabfest? So whisper the Sacramento cynics, but Schwarzenegger calls it a “historic summit” that will create “an alliance of states, provinces and regional governments” to influence upcoming negotiations on a new global climate treaty.

To influence upcoming negotiations? That sounds a bit intimidating. And so Goracle like.

California, being merely a state (albeit the eighth largest economy in the world), has no standing in treaty negotiations, which are conducted between nations. That would be the purview of an Obama administration. Even Mary Nichols, Schwarzenegger’s top greenhouse-gas regulator, acknowledges that she wondered, at first: “Why are we doing this now, with a new administration in Washington? I was concerned it would look like grandstanding.”

Well that’s enough said right there. It is grandstanding. Useless waste of time, money, space and oxygen. I wonder how much carbon will be spewed into the air by all those jets coming from all corners of the world? And I don’t want to hear about carbon credits. You can’t take back what is spewed into the air by buying guilt points. Once it’s there, it’s there. Now just to be clear, I don’t think the carbon carelessly emitted by the Global Warming Cult hurts a thing, but they (the cult) do.

So here is what they Should have done. If they were as interested in saving the world as they say, they would have set up the biggest conference call the internet has seen. Auditoriums with big screens, links to watch on the net, live blogging. We have the technology. Do it the Green Way! But Nnnnoooo, that would mean they would have to practice what they preach, and we all know it’s not up to them to sacrifice a thing, that’s for you and me. Following nicely in The Goracle’s footsteps. Hypocrisy at it’s finest! source

Southern California Wildfire Update

The southern part of my state is facing fires nearly as bad as we had back in June. Although this is a regular occurrence down there, it is no less frightening when it comes your way.

APTOPIX Wildfires

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. – Winds were calm Monday, allowing firefighters to make gains on two raging wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee.

Gusts from the Santa Ana winds had peaked to more than 70 mph at the height of the fires over the weekend, but abated Sunday, and by Monday morning, had weakened to about 20 mph, the National Weather Service said.

“It’s wonderful news,” Angela Garbiso, a spokeswoman with Orange County Fire Authority, said Monday. “When it calms down, it obviously makes it easier for us to handle this massive undertaking.”

The fires that started Thursday night and burned in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, have burned nearly 41,000 acres or 64 square miles.

In Orange and Riverside counties, the fires chewed through nearly 29,000 acres and were pushing toward Diamond Bar in Los Angeles county. A major aerial attack on Sunday raised containment to 40 percent.

Meanwhile, a 10,000-acre fire that hit hard in the Sylmar area of northern Los Angeles on Saturday moved into the Placerita Canyon area of the rugged San Gabriel Mountains and was burning vigorously, but well outside the city. It was 40 percent contained.

The Santa Barbara-area fire that swept through tony Montecito has burned 1,940 acres and was 95 percent surrounded Monday.

The cause of all the fires were under investigation, although officials said the Santa Barbara-area was “human caused,” said Doug Lannon, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Lannon said the fire started in a Montecito landmark known to be a popular hangout for teenagers. He said it was possible someone was smoking in the brush or started a campfire there. Investigators have set up an anonymous tip line in hopes of getting the public’s help in finding out who started the fire.

Far away from the flames, the smell of smoke pervaded metropolitan Los Angeles. Downtown skyscrapers were silhouettes in an opaque sky and concerns about air quality kept many people indoors. Organizers on Sunday canceled a marathon in suburban Pasadena where 8,000 runners had planned to participate.

Officials warned of another bad air day on Monday, and classes were canceled at dozens of schools near the fire zones in Orange County.

Many evacuees began the agonizing process of making their way back to their destroyed homes.

Starting Monday morning, anxious residents of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, where 484 homes were destroyed by fire early Saturday, will be allowed to return to inspect their property. Firefighters were able to save about 120 other homes in the community, but many were badly damaged.

Cadaver dogs had been searching the burned units to determine whether anybody perished during the fast-moving fire, but so far no bodies have been found, police said.

Tracy Burns knew her Sylmar home was gone but still wanted to get into the gated community to see what remained.

“Even those of us who know there’s nothing left, we want to go in and kick over the rubble and see if we can find something, anything,” Burns said.

Tears welled in her partner Wendy Dannenberg’s eyes as she echoed: “If I can find one broken piece of one dish — anything, anything at all.”

Yahoo News

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