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  • Salton Sea Quake Cluster Increased Probability of Major Quake on San Andreas Fault

    The probability of a magnitude-7 earthquake in Southern California briefly increased as much as 50-fold earlier this week, but has since been dropping back to normal, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and other quake experts. What changed things was a cluster of small quakes that began Monday near the southern end of the San Andreas fault. Seismologists believe that quake activity on one fault can lead to increased stresses on another, said Rob Graves, research seismologist based in the Pasadena USGS office. The cluster was epicentered beneath the Salton Sea, near Bombay Beach, within a handful of miles of...
  • Large-scale motion detected near San Andreas Fault System

    06/21/2016 9:53:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | June 20, 2016 at 2:03 PM | By Brooks Hays
    The top diagram shows the lobes of movement, uplift in red and subsidence in blue, found using GPS data, while the botom diagram shows the lobes predicted by an earthquake simulation model. Image by University of Hawaii, Manoa =============================================================================================== HONOLULU, June 20 (UPI) -- Analysis of GPS data has revealed new areas of motion around the San Andreas Fault System. Using data collected by the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory's GPS array, researchers identified 125-mile-wide "lobes" of uplift and subsidence. Over the last several years, the lobes, which straddle the fault line, have hosted a few millimeters of annual movement. Computer...
  • Lucy Jones is leaving her job - to shake up more than just earthquakes

    03/20/2016 9:34:30 AM PDT · by thecodont · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 18, 2016 | Rosanna Xia
    The questions were coming fast and frantic: How strong was the earthquake? Was it on the San Andreas? Is the Big One coming? A massive temblor had struck near Joshua Tree shortly before 10 p.m., causing buildings to sway all the way to Las Vegas. As the public braced for more shaking, the media flocked to Caltech that night in 1992. One woman seemed to have all the answers. It was a magnitude 6.1, explained U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, and the odds of a larger quake in the next three days stood at 15%. She shifted her weight...
  • Controversial Study Claims 99.9 Percent Chance Of Major Los Angeles Earthquake In 3 Years

    10/21/2015 2:26:16 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    89.3 KPPC ^ | Sanden Totten
    Sanden Totten October 20 Angelenos live under constant threat of a major earthquake, but a controversial new study from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory puts a number on that threat. The scientific paper claims there is a 99.9 percent chance of an earthquake between magnitude 5 and 6.3 in less than three years. The study was published earlier this month by the American Geophysical Union's Earth and Space Science journal. The bold claim has taken many in the seismic community by surprise. Lead author, Andrea Donnellan of JPL, said this study used GPS and airborne radar data to look at land...
  • NASA Gives 99-Percent Probability Of 5.0 Earthquake In LA

    10/21/2015 7:05:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | October 20, 2015 11:21 PM | STAFF
    PASADENA ( — If scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena are correct, a moderately-sized earthquake is expected within the next two-and-a-half years. JPL experts predict a possible 5.0 magnitude quake in Los Angeles, but say it very well could be stronger. JPL geophysicist Dr. Andrea Donnellan, along with seven other scientists, has been using radar and GPS to measure Southern California’s chances for a sizable earthquake, and has made a sobering hypothesis about another big one. “When the La Habra earthquake happened, it was relieving some of that stress, and it actually shook some of the upper sediments...
  • California Earthquake Prediction: Experts Rubbish Claim that Massive 9.8 Tremor Will Hit West Coast

    05/28/2015 7:18:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    ibtimes ^ | May 27, 2015 15:56 IST | Johnlee Varghese
    The 24-minute-long earthquake prophecy video, which has now been watched by over half-a-million people, predicts a massive 9.8 earthquake will hit California at 4pm local time on 28 May. The clip published by Frank Hoogerbeets, the founder and president of Ditrianum Media, claims he was able to assess the 'horrific' event using a computer program called Solar System Scope. The Huffington Post UK citing Hoogerbeets noted that his theory was based on the calculation that the 9.8 quake will strike when "no less than five planetary alignments will converge with the Earth." He claims that even Nostradamus, the famous French...
  • San Andreas Ready to Blow – In Theaters and In Real Life

    05/28/2015 6:20:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | May 26, 2015 03:30 PM EDT | Rachel K Wentz
    Admit it, there's nothing more fun than sitting in a dark theatre, munching on a bucket of buttery popcorn, and watching the Earth get demolished. In the latest round of catastrophic flicks, California is destroyed as the famous San Andreas Fault unleashes unimaginable (and unrealistic) devastation across the state. The new film, San Andreas, depicts the rupture of an unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada, which gets the destructive ball rolling by setting off powerful earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault. And although earthquakes are nothing new to Californians, and pose serious threats along the famous fault, Hollywood...
  • Earthquake reality check: Facts behind "San Andreas"

    05/25/2015 7:33:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough accompanied The Associated Press to an advance screening of the film. Despite the implausible plot, she said the San Andreas will indeed break again, and without warning. "We are at some point going to face a big earthquake," she said. The San Andreas is notorious for producing big ones, but a magnitude-9 or larger is virtually impossible because the fault is not long or deep enough, Hough noted. The most powerful temblors in recorded history have struck along offshore subduction zones where one massive tectonic plate dives beneath another. The 1960 magnitude-9.5 quake off...
  • Statewide Mega Quake May Be Possible After All

    01/10/2013 12:08:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    ktla ^ | 5 hours ago
    For decades, scientists have assumed the central portion of California’s San Andreas fault acts as a barrier that prevents a big quake in the southern part of the state from spreading to the north, and vice versa. As a result, a mega-quake that could be felt from San Diego to San Francisco was widely considered impossible. But that key fault segment might not serve as a barrier in all cases, researchers wrote Wednesday in the online edition of the journal Nature. Using a combination of laboratory measurements and computer simulations, the two scientists showed how so-called creeping segments in a...
  • Flooding of ancient Salton Sea linked to San Andreas earthquakes

    06/27/2011 8:31:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies
    University of California - San Diego ^ | June 26, 2011 | Unknown
    Study finds that faults beneath the Salton Sea ruptured during Colorado River floods and may have triggered large earthquakes on the southern San Andreas FaultSouthern California's Salton Sea, once a large natural lake fed by the Colorado River, may play an important role in the earthquake cycle of the southern San Andreas Fault and may have triggered large earthquakes in the past. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Nevada, Reno, discovered new faults in the Salton Sea near the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. By examining...
  • California on edge after Earthquake activity in the Gulf of California

    03/13/2011 3:13:15 PM PDT · by americanophile · 19 replies
    The Weather Space ^ | March 12, 2011 | Jim Duran
    Earthquakes are striking the middle of the Gulf of California, giving U.S. West Coast residents the question ... when? has received many reports and concerns about an Earthquake striking California because of what is happening down in the Gulf of Cailfornia. Six quakes, including a 5.3-magnitude moderate quake have struck the area today. The lingering concern of viewers is the wonder if California is next due to the fact Japan start this same way. "While I cannot speak for USGS or any type of geology official, California needs to have their earthquake preparations in order, including kits", said TWS...
  • California Unlikely to see a quake like Japan's

    03/13/2011 2:57:49 PM PDT · by americanophile · 55 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/11/11 | David Perlman
    Earthquakes the size of the one that struck Japan on Friday are highly unlikely ever to hit the California coast, but smaller quakes along the San Andreas or Hayward faults could prove just as devastating, experts say. No temblor greater than a magnitude 8 is ever likely in California, say scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. "But the next big quake in the Bay Area on either the San Andreas or the Hayward will be a $200 billion disaster," warned Thomas M. Brocher, who leads the USGS region's efforts at preparedness for the next Big One. The...
  • Experts Say The ‘Big One’ Will Be Even Bigger

    10/10/2010 1:12:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    CBS) ^ | October 10, 2010 9:35 AM
    The 340-mile, southern section of the San Andreas fault could slip at anytime, triggering a massive, magnitude 8.1 quake, researchers announced Sunday. A report in the August issue of Geology by researchers at UC Irvine and Arizona State University suggest the fault is long overdue for a major quake — running from Monterey County to the Salton Sea, the Los Angeles Times reported. The last major rupture on the San Andreas was in 1857. Until recently, experts believed that the section of the fault through the Carrizo Plain, located approximately 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, would remain dormant for...
  • SoCal Experiencing Surge in Earthquake Activity

    04/13/2010 7:10:57 PM PDT · by bd476 · 87 replies · 2,009+ views
    KTLA News ^ | April 13, 2010 | KTLA News
    KTLA NewsSoCal Experiencing Surge in Earthquake Activity 70 quakes greater than a magnitude 4.0 have struck the region this year -- more than any year in the past decade. KTLA News 11:08 AM PDT, April 13, 2010 LOS ANGELES -- Southern California, along with Baja California, has seen a surge in moderate earthquake activity this year and scientists are trying to figure out what's causing the uptick. There have been 70 quakes greater than a magnitude 4.0 so far this year. That's the most of any year in the last decade -- and, it's only April. There were 30...
  • Geologist and Meteorologist Successfully Double Team in Earthquake Prediction.

    01/08/2009 9:42:37 PM PST · by JohnJeykis · 2 replies · 721+ views
    Southern California Weather Authority Blog ^ | January 8, 2009 | JTY - SoCalWeather.Org Staff Writer
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - January 8, 2009 (SocalWeather.Org) Geologist and Meteorologist Successfully Double Team in Earthquake Prediction. A moderate earthquake hit San Bernardino. It was felt as far as Las Vegas, Nevada, in some reports. The USGS reports a 4.5 magnitude quake struck, but reports to the Southern California Weather Authority say the preliminary 5.0 magnitude felt about right. This quake was predicted. The Southern California Weather Authority released a press release to the public at 1am on January 8, 2009. This press release indicated that a geologist by the name of Jim Berkland was eyeing an quake window. Berkland brings...
  • 3.1 Magnitude Quake Hits SoCal

    09/06/2008 3:42:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 183+ views
    WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. Automated equipment indicates that a magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck at 10:27 a.m. Saturday, epicentered 3 miles beneath a site two miles northwest of Wrightwood, either on or very near the San Andreas Fault.
  • Quake shakes city into urging preparedness

    08/01/2008 1:33:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 188+ views
    Valley Press ^ | Friday, August 1, 2008. | JULIE DRAKE
    "Whenever we have a little earthquake or something happens, it always reminds us to remind our citizens - are you prepared?" ... Smith said the city's No. 1 priority is the safety of its citizens. He urged residents to consider "what if" scenarios in order to prepare for a disaster. ... "I'll tell you what: When you're thinking about those three things when the building starts to shake, it's too late. Because if you're not prepared before then, you won't be prepared for the catastrophe that you may be facing," he said. Metro said dealing with a catastrophic event has...
  • Calif. faces 99.7 percent chance of big quake in next 30 years (of magnitude 6.7 or greater)

    04/14/2008 10:54:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 112+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/14/08 | Alicia Chang - ap
    California - land of sun, beaches and earthquakes - faces an almost certain risk of being rocked by a strong temblor by 2037, scientists said Monday in the first statewide forecast of the seismic threat. New calculations reveal there is a 99.7 percent chance a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger will hit the Golden State in the next 30 years. The odds of such an event are higher in Southern California than Northern California, 97 percent versus 93 percent. The last time a jolt this size rattled California was the 1994 Northridge disaster, which killed 72 people, injured more than...
  • San Andreas Fault Likely Much More Destructive Than Current Models Predict

    08/21/2007 4:22:00 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 948+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 8-21-2007 | University Of Oxford
    Source: University of Oxford Date: August 21, 2007 San Andreas Fault Likely Much More Destructive Than Current Models Predict Science Daily — High-speed ruptures travelling along straight fault lines could explain why some earthquakes are more destructive than others, according to an Oxford University scientist. In this week’s Science, Professor Shamita Das suggests that ruptures in the Earth’s surface moving at 6km per second could make future earthquakes along California’s San Andreas fault much more destructive than current models predict. A box canyon on the San Andreas fault: High speed ruptures travelling along the straight section of the fault could...
  • Apocalypse soon?

    08/16/2007 9:39:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 456+ views
    San Berdoo Sun dotcom ^ | 08/11/2007 12:19:22 AM PDT
    It'll be bad. Hurricane Katrina bad. Likely worse. Thousands dead. Buildings collapsed. Freeways severed. Scientists for the first time are figuring out in great detail just how bad it will be when the southern section of the San Andreas Fault, roughly between Palmdale and the Salton Sea, cuts loose. "One of our goals is not to say, `We're all gonna die,"' said Lucy Jones of the California Institute of Technology, who is leading the effort. "It's, `Here's how you're going to die if you don't change anything."' Scientists, academics, utility companies and emergency planners have jumped aboard the project so...
  • Study: San Andreas fault overdue for quake

    06/22/2006 7:37:21 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 15 replies · 507+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 06/22/06 | ALICIA CHANG,
    New earthquake research confirms the southern end of the San Andreas fault near Los Angeles is overdue for a Big One. The lower section of the fault has not produced a major earthquake in more than three centuries. ADVERTISEMENT The new study, which analyzed 20 years of data and is considered one of the most detailed analyses yet, found that stress has been building up since then, and that the fault could rupture at any moment. "The southern section of the fault is fully loaded for the next big event," said geophysicist Yuri Fialko of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography...
  • Caltech Study: Buildings Can't Take The 'Big One'

    08/15/2006 7:22:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies · 460+ views
    CBS) ^ | Aug 14, 2006 8:00 am US/Pacific
    PASADENA, Calif. A new computer model projecting a massive earthquake suggests that even buildings constructed in accordance with the latest codes would tumble in the Southland, it was reported Monday. Structural engineer Swaminathan Krishnan and his colleagues used Caltech’s large supercomputer and modeled what might happen if a massive earthquake rattled tall buildings in the Los Angeles area, the Pasadena Star-News reported. The results, researchers told the newspaper, are both a hint at the possible devastation of "the big one" and a starting point for future generations of even more accurate models. With the supercomputer, the researchers watched as a...
  • San Andreas Fault So Stressed, Next Quake Could Be Magnitude 8

    07/29/2006 12:04:14 PM PDT · by Blogger · 75 replies · 2,278+ views
    July 27, 2006 La Jolla, California - Last month, the June 22, 2006, issue of the science journal Nature, published recent detailed research of the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults in Southern California. The data shows the San Andreas so stressed that its next quake release of energy could be a magnitude 8 on the Richter scale. The San Andreas Fault is considered the main boundary between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates that are slowly moving past each other. Some day in the far distant future, those moving plates might even break off sections of the Pacific...
  • Southern San Andreas fault waiting to explode: report

    06/21/2006 10:33:10 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 284 replies · 6,307+ views
    Yahoo News & Reuters ^ | June 21, 2006 | Jeremy Lovell
    The southern end of the San Andreas fault near Los Angeles, which has been still for more than two centuries, is under immense stress and could produce a massive earthquake at any moment, a scientist said on Wednesday. Yuri Fialko, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at La Jolla, California, said that given average annual movement rates in other areas of the fault, there could be enough pent-up energy in the southern end to trigger a cataclysmic jolt of up to 10 metres (32 ft). "The observed strain rates confirm that the southern section of the San Andreas fault may...
  • Southern CA at risk for massive quake

    06/21/2006 1:27:40 PM PDT · by GI-Frog · 59 replies · 1,075+ views
    KPBS ^ | 6/21/06
    Southern CA at risk for massive quake KPBS San Diego KPBS SAN DIEGO (2006-06-21) A new study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography indicates a considerable amount of strain is building on the southern end of the San Andreas fault, and could result in a significant earthquake at any moment. The study, led by Scripps' geologist Yuri Fialko, is comprised of more than 20 years' worth of detailed data, and suggests the two plates on either side of the southern San Andreas fault are slipping past each other at 25 millimetres per year. Without a recent quake to alleviate that pressure,...
  • Study: Bay Area Quake Would Be Staggering

    04/17/2006 8:48:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,017+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/17/06 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - If an earthquake like the one that devastated the city in 1906 struck today, the toll would be staggering: tens of thousands of buildings damaged and hundreds of people dead, according to a new study. The report released Monday calculated that a repeat of that 7.9-magnitude temblor would cause 1,800 to 3,400 deaths, damage more than 90,000 buildings, displace as many as 250,000 households and result in $150 billion in damage. "We already witnessed the effect of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from last year's hurricanes," said Bill Ellsworth, a geophysicist with the U.S....
  • USGS: 1906 Ground Motion Simulations

    03/28/2006 10:19:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 483+ views
    USGS ^ | 3/28/06 | USGS
    Overview To better understand the distribution of shaking and damage that accompanied the great 1906 earthquake, seismologists have constructed new computer models to recreate the ground motions. The simulations show how ground moved on the two sides of the San Andreas fault and how seismic waves radiated away from the fault to produce the shaking. The earthquake, which began 2 miles offshore from the City of San Francisco, ultimately grew to cause shaking and damage along more than 300 miles of the San Andreas Fault. The movies and snapshots available here portray the shaking over a 155 mile by 70...
  • Next Big Quake? Maybe East of Bay Area

    03/27/2006 3:12:02 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 22 replies · 819+ views
    Herald-Zeitung | AP ^ | 3/27/06 | Scott Lindlaw
    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) -- New cracks appear in Elke DeMuynck's ceiling every few weeks, zigzagging across her living room, creeping toward the fireplace, veering down the wall. Month after month, year after year, she patches, paints and waits. "It definitely lets you know your house is constantly shifting," DeMuynck said. So do the gate outside that swings uselessly 2 1/2 inches from its latch, the strange bulges in the street and the geology students who make pilgrimages to her cul-de-sac. DeMuynck could throw her paint brush from her front stoop and hit the Hayward Fault, which geologists consider the most...
  • Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake in Gulf of California

    01/04/2006 2:01:43 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 23 replies · 1,679+ views
    Kyodo News (Japan) | January 4, 2006
    M7.0 quake hits N. America An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 jolted North America at around 5:32 p.m. Wednesday Japan time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The focus of the quake was some 30 kilometers under the seabed around the Gulf of California, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The quake may cause small tsunamis around its epicenter, but they will not bring about any damage, the agency said.
  • State Plans Cut in Quake Premiums

    08/26/2005 7:28:34 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 10 replies · 280+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 26, 2005 | Marc Lifsher
    The cost of residential coverage would drop by an average of 22%. But some areas, including Palm Springs, could see a dramatic increase. SACRAMENTO — In an effort to get more homeowners to buy earthquake insurance, the California Earthquake Authority on Thursday proposed changes in premiums for next year that would result in an average rate reduction of 22% statewide. The reduction, which could save some policyholders hundreds of dollars a year, would be the first since 1999, when premiums were cut by 4.5%. The state hasn't been hit by a major temblor in more than a decade, enabling the...
  • Scientists Drill Into San Andreas Fault

    08/03/2005 7:02:59 PM PDT · by Flavius · 25 replies · 912+ views
    ap ^ | 8.3.05 | na
    PARKFIELD, Calif. - Geologists drilling a borehole into the San Andreas Fault to better understand the physics of earthquakes have hit a seismically active section of the fault for the first time. ADVERTISEMENT The scientists, who began drilling in 2004, finally entered the fault zone about two miles below the surface of the Earth on Tuesday. The entire borehole will be covered with steel and cement at the end of the month so scientists can later install instruments to measure future temblors. "It's the first time we've been inside the earthquake machine," said Bill Ellsworth, a geophysicist with the U.S....
  • House requests FTC investigation of 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'

    07/25/2005 5:34:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,613+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/25/05 | Juan-Carlos Rodriguez - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An uproar over hidden, sexually explicit scenes in the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" spread to the halls of Congress on Monday. On a 355-21 vote, the House passed a resolution asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the game's manufacturer, Rockstar Games, and its parent company, New York-based Take Two Interactive Software Inc. "If that company purposely hid that information or material to make a sham of the ratings, it is nothing less than deceptive advertising, and should be punished, in this case severely," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.,...
  • SLIP OF STATE (California Is Slowly Parting With Mainland, And Tectonics Are At Fault

    05/11/2005 5:21:22 PM PDT · by Scenic Sounds · 25 replies · 952+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 11, 2005 | Scott LaFee
    In Las Vegas, folks can't wait for the "Big One," the massive earthquake that will some day cause California to fall into the ocean. When it happens, the joke goes, Las Vegas becomes waterfront property. It's not true, of course. When the "Big One" does strike, today or a thousand years from now, California isn't likely to fall anywhere except down. Still, don't bet entirely against that notion of new waterfront property. A monster earthquake won't create it, but scientists say the passage of time and giant crustal plates might. Someday, Southern Californians might enjoy ocean views not just to...
  • Tremors rock earth deep beneath San Andreas Fault - Puzzling vibrations baffle researchers

    12/10/2004 8:59:17 AM PST · by NYer · 95 replies · 3,928+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | December 10, 2004 | David Perlman
    Mysterious tremors deep beneath the San Andreas Fault near the quake-prone town of Parkfield are shaking the earth's brittle crust, far below the region where earthquakes normally strike -- and scientists say they can't understand what's happening or what the motions mean. Seismic researchers are monitoring the strange vibrations closely. But whether the faint underground tremors -- termed "chatter" by some seismologists -- portend an increased likelihood of a major quake in the area is an unsolved puzzle. Robert Nadeau, a geophysicist at the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, charted more than 110 of the faint vibrations since they were first...
  • Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (what do you think about the sucess of the "murder game"?)

    11/18/2004 9:40:03 AM PST · by red_is_beautiful · 218 replies · 3,667+ views ^ | 4/11/2004 | Doug Elfman
    This time, the blood spills in "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," which looks, feels and sounds a lot like its predecessors. That means you pull off drive-bys and other hard-core criminal goals, while killing cops, prostitutes and hundreds of innocent victims on the side. Some people complain that the game could desensitize children to murderous images. But it's rated M for Mature. Kids aren't supposed to have access to it, even though we know that many will. [...] There's sex in "San Andreas," as there was in "Grand Theft Auto III." For a small amount of money, you can pick...
  • The Color of Mayhem, in a Wave of 'Urban' Games

    08/16/2004 8:18:21 AM PDT · by TerP26 · 30 replies · 5,966+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 08/12/2004 | MICHEL MARRIOTT
    The Color of Mayhem, in a Wave of 'Urban' Games By MICHEL MARRIOTT Published: August 12, 2004 HE screen crackles with criminality as a gang of urban predators itch for a kill. The scene erupts into automatic-weapons fire in a drive-by nightmare of screaming car engines, senseless death and destruction set to a thumping rap soundtrack. The action is not part of a new film, but of a video game in development - the latest permutation of Grand Theft Auto, one of the most popular game series ever. Partly set in a city resembling gang-ridden stretches of Los Angeles of...
  • Study: Big quakes the rule on key stretch of San Andreas Fault

    07/21/2004 7:04:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 501+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/21/04 | AP - LA
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study concludes that a long stretch of the mighty San Andreas Fault close to highly populated Southern California has usually only had very large earthquakes. The researchers' finding challenge an idea that frequent small temblors slowly relieve accumulating strain on faults and therefore reduce the likelihood of big quakes. Digging trenches at a site on the San Andreas 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles, geologists identified six events and found evidence that about 95 percent of slippage there has occurred during big quakes, with magnitudes ranging from 7.5 to 8, according to the study...
  • San Andreas may see more, bigger quakes

    04/15/2004 6:30:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies · 250+ views
    AP Science ^ | Thursday, April 15, 2004. | ANDREW BRIDGES
    PALM SPRINGS - The San Andreas fault may be on the cusp of producing larger and more frequent earthquakes in a flurry of seismic activity that could rattle Southern California with a strong temblor every few decades or less, a geologist said Wednesday. A detailed analysis of two periods of past quake activity on a section of California's most notorious fault suggests a drawn-out period of little seismic activity may be coming to an end, said Ray Weldon, a University of Oregon geologist. "Possibly we are at the point of switching from a period of time with a relative paucity...
  • Earthquake forecast: Hold on tight Team of scientists predicts a big one will hit this year

    02/17/2004 4:10:02 PM PST · by happygrl · 38 replies · 415+ views
    The Desert Sun ^ | Feb. 16,2004 | By Benjamin Spillman
    <p>Jeff Gardner is deep in the heart of a seismological amusement park and the only thing shaking is his 12-year-old Suburban.</p> <p>Gardner, 39, is an off-road tour guide whose typical route bounces directly on top of the San Andreas Fault north of Interstate 10 in the Coachella Valley.</p>
  • 'Pregnant' San Andreas Could Be Ready to Deliver

    12/30/2003 8:26:09 PM PST · by formercalifornian · 33 replies · 284+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 30, 2003 | Paul Pringle
    <p>Many scientists say the Coachella Valley is where the 750-mile San Andreas seems most prone for an epic earthquake, a monster that would be enormously more powerful than the recent temblors in San Simeon, Calif., and Bam, Iran.</p> <p>"There's not a lot we can do about that," Barrows said with a resigned smile. He was outside the preserve's visitors center, a 1930s log cabin that sits directly above the fault. "I'm not a worrying type person."</p>
  • Charley Reese Examines Natural Disasters: "Loans and Grants"

    11/03/2003 5:51:08 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 248+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 11-03-03 | Reese, Charley
    Loans And Grants It's too bad Southern California isn't part of Iraq. If it were, then the federal aid it will get would be in the form of grants instead of loans. If Southern California were Israel, it could get $4 billion a year in grants without fires. Even so, it's better to be temporarily scorched Southern California than part of Iraq. Iraq doesn't have forest fires, but that's because there are no forests. Iraq has sandstorms instead. Israel is afflicted with perpetual war. It's sad to see so many lose their homes, but it's just nature. Southern California has...