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Reality Check Request: Sulfurous Smell in LA Area? (Vanity)

Posted on 09/10/2012 2:08:49 PM PDT by Talisker

I know asking if things smell in LA sounds like the beginning of a joke... but I've read some dubious - yet pervasive - claims today that people in the San Fernando Valley, the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Northridge/Granada Hills area, Inland Empire in general, etc., are smelling an incredibly sulfurous stench.

Inversions layer, Salton Sea rot, waste plant malfunctions all have been theorized but found wanting for various reasons. Reports are that an elementary school closed in the area because kids felt sick.

Historically, hydrogen sulphide gas has often been forced out of the ground in areas because of the pressure created by an immanent large earthquake. This was noticed in the Sausalito area the day before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and in various European earthquakes going back as far as the 1700s, and before the New Madrid earthquake in the 1800s in Missouri.

Also, in the past week or so, a swarm of over 300 fair to medium sized earthquakes happened in SoCal. Which doesn't necessarily mean any significant pressure was released, since the earthquake scale is logrithmic. And as if that's not enough, a 7.6 earthquake hit right off the coast of Costa Rica a week ago, but didn't taper off with any significant aftershocks, suggesting that the quake didn't finish releasing its eruption pressure, which might be continuing northwards along the plate edge.

So.

If any FReepers are down in that area and can validate, invalidate, or comment generally or specifically on what LA smells like these days (without laughing too hard - remember, you're doing science here, so no giggling), I'd appreciate it.


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: california; earthquake; la; stink; sulfur
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1 posted on 09/10/2012 2:08:58 PM PDT by Talisker
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To: Talisker

Hugo Chavez blames Bush.


2 posted on 09/10/2012 2:10:06 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Talisker

Democrats are turning CA into Hell.


3 posted on 09/10/2012 2:12:27 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Talisker
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THE COAST IS TOAST!
4 posted on 09/10/2012 2:13:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Talisker
Possibly from oil bubbling up -- no, seriously, at least in the area of the tar pits in downtown, particularly when the weather's warm (and it's been hot lately), the oil just below the surface bubbles up and smells like sulphur. Same with the wells in the Signal Hill and Brea areas.

I don't know how many wells there are out in the valley, but if you're anywhere around one, you'll know for sure because of the smell.

5 posted on 09/10/2012 2:14:06 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Talisker

Wonder if Sodom received such a warning?


6 posted on 09/10/2012 2:14:44 PM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: Talisker
Are You Sure it's Not OZONE from a recent TROLL being Zotted in your neighborhood?

that stuff lingers...

/h

7 posted on 09/10/2012 2:16:35 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Talisker

8 posted on 09/10/2012 2:17:14 PM PDT by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: Talisker

There was a large storm in the desert last night which is causing the sulfur odor to be released from the Salton Sea. It is becoming quite strong in the Coachella Valley today. I think the Salton Sea theory is probably spot on.


9 posted on 09/10/2012 2:17:40 PM PDT by bayareablues
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To: Talisker

Didn’t know that the Obamadork was visiting LA.


10 posted on 09/10/2012 2:17:47 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Talisker

Once the sheer volume of Demoncrats hits critical mass, you can’t help but start to smell them.


11 posted on 09/10/2012 2:18:43 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Talisker

Noticed this smell last night when coming down from spending the weekend up in the mountains, it was commented on by co-workers today. I didn’t notice the smell last night in Duarte, but do today.


12 posted on 09/10/2012 2:21:10 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Talisker

The 2 o’clock news report led with this “smell” story.
Many people were interviewed, all of them said the odor was like rotten eggs.
The ‘officials’ they interviewed said they didn’t know what it was or were is was coming from.
It is interesting how wide spread the reports are.


13 posted on 09/10/2012 2:21:47 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: G Larry

Sodom got a “LOT” of warnings.


14 posted on 09/10/2012 2:24:31 PM PDT by Terry Mross (2016 THE MOVIE....scarier than any zombie movie.)
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To: Talisker
The LA Times, the authority of record in covering things that stink, states that authorities are saying that high winds have forced the smell of the annual fish die off in the Salton Sea to come to the urban areas. This makes some sense - I was watching the powerful inland storms overnight, and they were racing westward, driving with them some strong winds.
15 posted on 09/10/2012 2:24:31 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Talisker

I love bill Carroll’s explanation on KFI. mayor Antonio is back in town, and he sure let out a stinky one on stage in Charlotte. As Bill put it, “You know how you go,outside to let a stinky one out, and sometimes it follows you back in?”.


16 posted on 09/10/2012 2:27:10 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Talisker

I noticed the same smell in Charlotte last week....

It seems to appear wherever and whenever the Satan-in-Chief shows up....


17 posted on 09/10/2012 2:28:12 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Talisker

When it rains, Los Angeles makes its own gravy.


18 posted on 09/10/2012 2:29:24 PM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: bayareablues

MIB says it was swamp gas from a weather balloon.


19 posted on 09/10/2012 2:31:50 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: Talisker

Erf pharts


20 posted on 09/10/2012 2:32:41 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Taranto: "The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog.")
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To: Talisker; svcw

Please keep us posted with any updates as to the source. We hope and pray it’s not earthquake related.


21 posted on 09/10/2012 2:33:05 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Vote for Paul Ryan 2012...... oh, and that other guy running on his ticket that's not Obama.)
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To: bayareablues

We’re in Sierra Madre/ Monrovia and we’re smelling it too. Also reported in San Fernando Valley ~ 15 miles west of here. We are a good 100 miles NW of Salton Sea. We also had a big thunder and lightning storm last night.

I’d like to know references, though, to the ‘this always happens before a huge earthquake’ quotes. Is this an ‘earthquake weather’ National Enquirer sort of scientific theory, or something taken from scientific studies?

( I do need to sleep tonight). Salton Sea is also part of the Rift Zone.


22 posted on 09/10/2012 2:35:06 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Talisker

Hey, I just drove across the entire LA basin and smelled nothing sulfurous. Nowhere.


23 posted on 09/10/2012 2:38:01 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Talisker

‘Historically, hydrogen sulphide gas has often been forced out of the ground in areas because of the pressure created by an immanent large earthquake.’ My husband is a geologist. He does not buy the ‘this happens before an EQ’ because if it were true, they’d have been predicting earthquakes for a long time now, and they would use the early warnings to set off alarms for the citizens.

He thinks it has to do with muggy air + high heat + complex sewer systems with air captured in them due to the storms and humidity.


24 posted on 09/10/2012 2:40:30 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Talisker

We’re way due.


25 posted on 09/10/2012 2:44:16 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1330 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: cripplecreek

Exactly my first thought although it is probably some type of oil/natural gas fissure that has opened up.

LA as a whole stinks anyway so it must be pretty bad if the locals noticed it.


26 posted on 09/10/2012 2:48:19 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Talisker

Something possibly ominous is that California has become very seismically quiet of late:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqscanv/

Compared to a “normal” CA earthquake map, this is the quietest it has looked in many years.


27 posted on 09/10/2012 2:56:47 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: Talisker

Around here it smells like sulfur when they irrigate. Would be surprised if it were earthquake related, I’d be more concerned about the super volcano that is Old Faithful blowing.


28 posted on 09/10/2012 2:57:10 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Talisker

Then again, it was the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, at the podium of the DNC when they thrice rejected God.

Brimstone is the old name for sulphur, btw.


29 posted on 09/10/2012 3:00:42 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: bboop
My husband is a geologist. He does not buy the ‘this happens before an EQ’ because if it were true, they’d have been predicting earthquakes for a long time now, and they would use the early warnings to set off alarms for the citizens.

He thinks it has to do with muggy air + high heat + complex sewer systems with air captured in them due to the storms and humidity.

Well, if he thinks the government would use reliable early warnings to "set off alarms for the citizens"... then bless his heart. As for the following links, you might be interested in the reading - he probably won't. They are neither peer-reviewed nor accepted by mainstream geologists. In fact, they actually rely on eye-witness reports from... people.

Eye-witness Accounts of Several Major Earthquakes

Who is Geologist Jim Berkland?

30 posted on 09/10/2012 3:02:29 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: bayareablues
There was a large storm in the desert last night which is causing the sulfur odor to be released from the Salton Sea.

I lived in Los Angeles for half a century, and don't ever recall any sulfur smell in town after a big desert storm. I spent a lot of years growing up in the south bay region, and definitely remember the smell of the oil fields, but even that isn't exactly a sulfur smell.

31 posted on 09/10/2012 3:07:58 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: OB1kNOb

Top of the hour news:
odor spreading
kids should stay indoors
stop calling 911
the odor is not dangerous


32 posted on 09/10/2012 3:11:43 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Talisker
Wind is moving inland, awaw from LA towards the Salton Sea, NOT from the Salton Sea to LA: Wind Map

Air quality is NOT bad: Air Quality Map

33 posted on 09/10/2012 3:14:57 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

That does sound like earthquake material.


34 posted on 09/10/2012 3:16:06 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: Talisker

GET. OUT. OF. DODGE. This is not a drill.


35 posted on 09/10/2012 3:28:15 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: Talisker

It’s a tough call but I would be outa there

Watch animal behavior- they know when the big one is coming
Of course by the time the birds leave, the fish leave, the dolphins beach themselves and the dog starts whining, it’s too late to leave

Stock survival supplies!


36 posted on 09/10/2012 4:08:47 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Talisker

I just heard from a relative in south orange county. She’s heard/smelled NOTHING.


37 posted on 09/10/2012 4:28:56 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Talisker

Correction: She’s heard nothing OF this situation, nor smelled anything.


38 posted on 09/10/2012 4:40:19 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Talisker

Santa Ana winds blowing?


39 posted on 09/10/2012 4:41:59 PM PDT by IamConservative (Well done is better than well said. - Ben Franklin)
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To: IamConservative

Orange County, CA weather...

http://weatherforyou.com/reports/index.php?forecast=zandh&pands=orange+county,california

Los Angeles County weather....

http://www.weather.com/weather/today/90012

Nope. No Santa Ana’s


40 posted on 09/10/2012 4:49:33 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Talisker

Tofu gas.


41 posted on 09/10/2012 5:36:25 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the world.)
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To: Ron C.
Hey, I just drove across the entire LA basin and smelled nothing sulfurous. Nowhere.

That's more a statement about your deficient olfactory system than an observation on the surroundings.

42 posted on 09/10/2012 6:12:48 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Talisker

If it was H2s, you’d be dead the second that your nose registered the smell of rotten eggs.


43 posted on 09/10/2012 6:34:00 PM PDT by Texas Tea
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To: steve86
"your deficient olfactory system" - LOL

Yep - could be, but somehow I still manage to smell the roses out front - without having to go put my nose into one of them.

44 posted on 09/10/2012 6:50:44 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Talisker

Don’t worry about it; just remember this time of year you have a pretty constant onshore flow from the ocean down around Long Beach. It’s just recirculated human and animal farts from the millions of idiots who still live there. I know because I used to live in Downey and we would get it coming right up the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel river channels every year.
Now I just have to live with the smoke from the forest fires.
Still smells better than LA basin so called air.


45 posted on 09/10/2012 6:52:35 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: IamConservative

Santa Ana’s are offshore winds, they blow everything out to sea.


46 posted on 09/10/2012 6:58:54 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Da Coyote
Didn’t know that the Obamadork was visiting LA.

Not him, just his Master.

47 posted on 09/10/2012 7:03:42 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Texas Tea

No...if you smell H2S it’s a good thing. Once the concentration gets very high (enough to kill you) you will not be able to smell it.

It’s funny that this happened today...I was actually testing an H2S air quality analyzer in Lompoc, CA and I have a cylinder of 50 ppm H2S to test it. It smells BAD!

Unfortunately, The SCAQMD do not outfit any of their air quality sites with H2S air quality analyzers. If they did, we would be able to see activity (if it were H2S).


48 posted on 09/10/2012 7:12:12 PM PDT by halo66
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To: Texas Tea
If it was H2s, you’d be dead the second that your nose registered the smell of rotten eggs.

Not so.

Minimum perceptible odor concentrations are as low as .005 ppm, at 4 ppm the odor is easily detectable, 10 ppm and the eyes start to get irritated, 27 ppm and the odor is strong, 100ppm and the eyes and respiratory tract are noticeably irritated (and the sense of smell paralyzed--you stop smelling it, even if the concentration increases). At 250 ppm prolonged exposure may cause pulmonary edema, and at 500 ppm dizziness and cessation of breathing in a few minutes.

Rapid unconsciousness happens at 700 ppm, almost immediate collapse and respiratory paralysis at 1000 ppm, and 5000 ppm and above you are down for the dirtnap if you aren't very promptly removed from the source of exposure and resuscitated.

It is nothing to mess around with (those poison gas signs are there for a reason around oil well sites), but it won't kill you as soon as you smell it unless you blundered into a high concentration (a twentieth to a half a percent or more in air).

49 posted on 09/10/2012 7:18:15 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: bboop

Yes, it is always dark the night before the biggest earthquakes. It’s that kind of 100% correlation.

That and a burrito festival....


50 posted on 09/10/2012 8:19:38 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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