The L.A. area offices of the U.S. Geological Survey, the primary folks responsible for earthquake information in Southern California, have cleared out. Literally. The federal government's shutdown has forced the workers to head home, a USGS representative who did not want to be named told us. Eve ... More >>
A small earthquake jolted L.A.'s coastal communities today, creating an online buzz so great that it proved the world really does revolve around the Westside. The jolt of a temblor struck at 2:08 p.m. ...
The prototype earthquake-warning system we told you about almost a year ago really works. It wasn't its first time in action, but Monday's SoCal Anza earthquake put the Caltech-USGS "Shake Alert" system to a high-profile test. The system's alarm bells rang and as many as 30 seconds warning came to ... More >>
A moderate earthquake rocked Southern California this morning. And yes you felt it. From Las Vegas to San Diego to Culver City. And it was only a 4.7, says the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was reported at ...
Little-known fact: The U.S. Geological Survey has an earthquake-warning system called "Shake Alert." It's in prototype form and would only warn a select few (including the Los Angeles' Emergency Operations Center) a maximum of 90 seconds before a big one sets off sensors. The general public would n ... More >>
A crew member whose body was found after the HMS Bounty sunk in hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina coast was a local woman who attended USC and co-owned a defunct Hermosa Beach bar. Claudene Christian's body was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard yesterday afternoon after the vessel, a Hollywood ... More >>
The Endeavour is scheduled to begin it's excruciatingly slow steamroll through South Los Angeles tomorrow afternoon... but the move will likely be delayed if rain remains in the forecast. (The shuttle's fragile tiles absorb water like little sponges, adding to the shuttle's already considerable 170, ... More >>
If you've noticed that the Ring of Fire around the Pacific Rim seems to rock like a frat party every time there's a giant earthquake, new science might just back up your observation. A new study by U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Fred Pollitz documents how the Pacific Rim went bonkers following ... More >>
See also: "8.6 Quake Possible in Southern California? Caltech Suggests New 'Mega-Earthquake'." As the Westside lay its collective head to rest last night after a terribly lackluster VMA ceremony, we finally got the jolt we'd been waiting for -- in the form of a 3.5 3.4 magnitude earthquake directly ... More >>
A strong jolt of an earthquake hit L.A.'s Westside early on the Labor Day holiday. The temblor at 3.26 a.m. measured 3.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It felt strong in some parts of Los Angeles early Monday:
An underground thunderstorm of seismic activity, officially called a "seismic swarm," hit a farm town called Brawley in the Imperial Valley yesterday -- gearing up around sunrise with some magnitude 2s and 3s, peaking with a magnitude 5.3 and 5.5 just after noon, and rolling into Monday morning with ... More >>
UPDATE: Shaky days here in L.A. Another 4.5 quake hit at 9:33 a.m., centered near the same place as last night's quake. See more at the bottom. First posted at 11:37 p.m. Tuesday See also: *8.6 Quake Possible in Southern California? A little baby earthquake jolted parts of Southern California toni ... More >>
In recent years scientists, first-responders and utilities have been preparing for "The Big One," that inevitable quake that will rock Southern California to its core. It's coming. For sure. They just don't know when. But the U.S. Geological Survey and Caltech have been on the ball, working from a ... More >>
If the Big One hits, we're f---'d. You're saying, Yeah-yeah, tell me something I don't know. But here's the thing: Experts say our only hope of getting power back 72 hours after a huge earthquake in Southern California is the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As you might have heard, the San O ... More >>
The people who run Beverly Hills High School really, really, really don't want a subway rumbling underneath their fine, telegenic campus. And so, less than a week after the Metro board approved a leg that would run under the iconic 90210 institution, the Beverly Hills School District has filed suit ... More >>
A 4.0 earthquake struck near Malibu last night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It wasn't a result of David Geffen rattling his saber to ensure that outsiders don't come to the public beach outside his home. Nor was it John McEnroe throwing a tantrum. It wasn't a raucous anti-Semitic festi ... More >>
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What if we were to tell you that L.A. has an earthquake warning system that pretty much works, but that only a few folks will get the precious alerts? It's true. The U.S. Geological Survey's prototype "Shake Alert" system has been running since January. It can theoretically warn you as much as 90 ... More >>
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Camp and Hotel SiestaYou see, East Coast, this is how the pros do earthquakes. A 4.3 hit Southern California (4 miles southeast of Newhall, to be precise), and we barely even noticed. In fact, much of the LA Weekly daily news staff was at lunch and didn't notice at all. You want to know why ... More >>
mylfrog.infoOne of 200 Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs left in the universe.A rare breed of frog with leopard-like markings and funny haunches -- and absolutely no relevance to your everyday life, except that it's an L.A. native, and hey, neighbors look out for neighbors -- was wiped of 1/3 of i ... More >>
USGSMcMurdo Station, Antarctica Thanks to the HuffPo for news of this want ad, which is looking pretty damn good right now. McMurdo Station, the research community in Antarctica, has just posted a job listing for an executive chef. The chef would be responsible for the operation of the McMurd ... More >>
The redder, the more potential damage inflicted by Big One. Good luck, L.A.The 'Big One" -- you know, the One you can't seem to push from your mind during rooftop parties atop decrepid downtown buildings, especially each time a semi rolls by -- is coming. Dramatic, yes, and over-exploited by ... More >>
tomvandeweghe via TwitpicThe aftermath of Japan's tsunami.The U.S. Geological Survey on Monday upgraded its official magnitude for Friday's devastating earthquake in northern Japan from an 8.9 to a 9.0. That's one and a half times more powerful than originally believed. The move comes after ... More >>
Update: A National Weather Service tsunami warning for the L.A. coast has been downgraded to a tsunami advisory. After the jump: Boats damaged in Catalina. Could it happen in L.A.? See that story here. The National Weather Service issued a tsunami watch for the Southern California coast thi ... More >>
Venice311"Massive crowd at pier. Surfers and boats in water. LAPD copter telling people to move to no avail."Hordes of curious rubberneckers rushed the Southern California coast this morning after 8 a.m. to witness their very own close-to-home aftermath of the 8.9 Japan catastrophe. (And what ... More >>
Oh no you did notSay it isn't so! The California sea otter, our No. 1 draw to water zoos and aquariums for as long as we can remember, has flippered its adorable little way to the environmental danger zone in a recent California Department of Fish and Game count. There's only 2,711 left in e ... More >>
PHOTO BY TED SOQUILast Wednesday in Los AngelesUpdated after the jump: Here we go again. Pacific Coast Highway closes, the I-5 floods and more. Originally posted Dec. 28 at 8:30 a.m. We were gloating yesterday as the East Coast took a beating from the weather gods, but karma's a bitch: It's ... More >>
Scientists this week said that an earthquake warning system is not that far off, and that smart phones such as the Apple iPhone might be able to take advantage through imminent-shaker apps. A prototype warning system plugged into 300 sensors along the San Andreas fault is already being teste ... More >>
Wednesday's 5.4 earthquake, felt widely across Southern California, was probably triggered by the massive Easter Day temblor that rocked the desert south of the border, a quake expert said. So should we be afraid that more shakers are on the way? Kate Hutton of the U.S. Geological Survey tol ... More >>
[Updated at 5:09 p.m. with quake downgraded from 5.9]: A 5.4 earthquake shook Southern California Wednesday afternoon. Several small aftershocks in the 3 range followed. The 4:53 p.m. shaker was centered 13 miles north northwest of Borrego Springs, a desert town in northeastern San Diego Cou ... More >>
polyvf via Twipic: http://tweetphoto.com/17203656It started innocently enough: We received an email from a friend, who said it came from another friend, warning of an imminent earthquake in Los Angeles. "My buddy's wife works at the seismology dept. in L.A. and they called everyone in today a ... More >>
polyvf via Twipic: http://tweetphoto.com/17203656Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey have come up with a name for Sunday's 7.2 shaker felt throughout the Southwest: The Sierra El Mayor earthquake. It was named for the mountain range near the temblor's epicenter on the Laguna Saluda fault. ... More >>
USGS(UPDATED) A 4.4 shaker woke up the Los Angeles region about 4:04 a.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was about one mile east-northeast of Pico Rivera (map), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A sheriff's official from the county's Pico Rivera station told ABC7 news there were no reports o ... More >>
USGSThe U.S. Geological Survey is studying using Twitter to get fast data about the latest earthquakes, the USGS announced this week. In a separate announcement, the Survey said that separate technology could allow for warnings 10 seconds or so ahead of major quakes. First, Twitter: While th ... More >>
Today's L.A. Times reports that "authorities" have decided to rebrand Malibu's Negrohead Mountain with a more palatable designation. (No, not African American Dome.) The idea is to rename the 2,000-plus-foot peak for the name of its original inspiration, John Ballard. Ballard was a former slave who ... More >>
The good old U.S. Geological Survey website is fast out of the gate pegging the recent earthquake as a 5.8 magnitude tremor. They also show the epicenter near Chino Hills, 29 miles southeast of downtown L.A. Culver City note: The new LA Weekly building shakes like a leaf (at least around my de ... More >>
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