• Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    Second Earthquake in Four Days Rattles Brea

    There was a magnitude 2.6 earthquake that shook Brea this morning that would not be worth mentioning were it not for this: There was a 3.0 shaker that hit Brea Thursday. Indeed, the earlier event seemed so minor at the time I did not bother posting on it. The shallow temblor (depth: 0.6 miles) was r ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Another Month, Another Newps' UFO Swarm

    As you know, Orange County has experienced a swarm of earthquakes since Friday night's 5.1 magnitude shaker in La Habra. But did you know the ground is not the only place where local swarmin' has been going on recently?

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    April 1, 2014

    As Quake Aftershock Wakes Up La Habrans, USGS Warns of Phony "Big One" Letter

    As aftershocks continue to spook folks in Greater La Habra--a magnitude 2.8 shaker centered a mile south of the city woke some folks up at 6:02 this morning--the U.S. Geological Survey is warning Southern Californians about a fake alert that went out on the agency's letterhead about a Big One coming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Swarm of Earthquakes Frays Nerves, Moves Some Residents But No Serious Injuries Listed

    The swarm of earthquakes and aftershocks that shook Orange County Friday and Saturday caused no major damage or serious injuries, but they did displace some residents. As many as 50 residents of La Habra, which was at or near the center of many of the shakers, spent Friday night in a Red Cross shel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    County Passes Along Tsunami Survival Tips

    See the update at the end of this post on things you can do to protect against tsunami damage. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 26, 7:09 A.M.: If you live in Huntington Beach, and especially along the coast there, you'd be wise to figure out a quick route to reach higher ground. That's the advice of Lucy Jone ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Los Alamitos-Long Beach Hit with 2.7 Quake

    An earthquake measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale just shook the area bordering Los Alamitos and Long Beach. Did you feel it?

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    September 5, 2013

    Alaska Quake Tsunami Scenario Swallows North Orange County Coast and Long Beach: USGS

    A tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off the coast of Alaska would leave the northern Orange County coast and Long Beach underwater, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report released Wednesday. The natural disaster would force the evacuation of about 750,000 coastal Californians a ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Earthquake DOES Jolt Costa Mesa: Update

    See the update at the end of this post about the earthquake that struck Costa Mesa at 1:39 p.m. today.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 4, 1:47 P.M.: Did anyone else just feel that?About five minutes ago, I felt a quick jolt under my feet followed by what sounded like someone running across my roof.Someone on the ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Is Hurricane Isaac and Quake Swarm God's Wrath for Not Nominating Rick Santorum?

    Before we get to the shakers, if no one else has yet, may I be the first to blame Southern California's earthquake swarms and Hurricane Isaac on God's wrath for the Republicans nominating Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum?Or, perhaps the King of Kings is an Obama man and he's just pissed at the GOP for ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    [UPDATED with Sharp A.M. Jolt:] Quake Rolls Through Yorba Linda ... to Yawns

    See update at the end of this post about a sharp jolt that just hit at 9:33 a.m.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 8, 8:59 A.M.: So I'm watching the end of a season one Damages episode via Amazon last night--keep an eye out for that Ted Danson kid, he's quite an actor--and what felt like an invisible train rolled ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    [UPDATED with God's Motive:] 3.9 Earthquake Shakes OC

    UPDATE, APRIL 20, 11:20 A.M.: In addition to shaky stories, we should share with one another the reason God punished us with this earthquake--because as Pat Robertson will tell you, there can be no other reason for seismic activity than a vengeful deity. Gay marriage? The ACLU caravan coming to Sant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Two Earthquakes Strike Southern California

    Feel that? The end is near.​Two 3.0-plus earthquakes rocked Southern California in a recent 14-hour period.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the last one, a 3.5 "shallow" strike, hit just before 9 a.m. today in the mountains near Coachella.A Palm Springs newspaper is reporting that resident ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    [UPDATED with Removal of 100 Trees:] Can Death Be Blamed on Last Week's Small Earthquake?

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 21, 9:45 A.M.: Whether or not a small earthquake earlier in the day caused a 10-ton Blue Gum Eucalyptus to fall and crush to death Haeyoon Miller on Thursday afternoon, the city of Newport Beach is cutting down 100 more trees in the same area.The city announced Tuesday evening that ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    [UPDATED with Corrected Day, New Earthquake:] Today's UC Irvine Chaos and Mayhem was Expected

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 15, 7:23 A.M.: Um, you know those emergency exercises at UC Irvine I reported were happening Wednesday? Major brain fart: the drills are actually TODAY. Just apply the details from the original post on the next page to today, Thursday. But, here's the weird thing: when I thought&nbs ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    4.3 Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles: A Dispatch from the Burbank Bureau:

    Was that a foreshock?​There's nothing more disconcerting than those first moments of an earthquake. Is this the Big One? Is it going to get worse?When you're almost 30 stories up in a building that's attached to bedrock (as I was), even a small earthquake, like the 4.3 earthquake that struck Newha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Stakes Raised in Re-Licensing San Onofre Nuke Plant

    ​The folks who run the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)--and by "folks" I mean "Southern California Edison," or simply "SCE"--can't be happy with what's happening at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant up the coast near San Luis Obispo. Both plants were built in active earthquake zo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Haven Gastropub's Fundraiser for Japan

    ​On Monday, March 28, Haven Gastropub will host a fundraising event and contribute 100% of profits to the survivors of the Japanese earthquake disaster.Employees are donating their time and all of their gratuities from 11 a.m to 2 a.m. Last year, Haven customers raised nearly $11,000 for a similar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Black Eyed Peas, Blink-182, Simon Cowell and More Host Benefits for Japan Via Shows, T-Shirts, Albums, Vids, Tweets

    ​In the wake of the unfathomable disaster in Japan, musicians are showing their support through benefit shows, merch and other creative endeavors, rallying fans to help the country. Their efforts can make a real impact--Gaga's Japan-relief wristbands raised $250,000 in just 48 hours.  Here's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    San Onofre Nuke Plant Needs Inspection Now, Say Senators Boxer and Feinstein

    ​One of the terrible ironies of the unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan is that two of the reactors that are overheating weren't even turned on when the earthquake and tsunami occurred. What sparked their meltdowns weren't the reactors, which were cool, but rather the toxic waste being stored next t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    How the Video Game Community Is Responding to Japan's Quake Disasters

    Masahiro Sakurai's TwitterA photo by Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai shows empty Tokyo streets after the earthquake​With the death toll rising above 10,000 people, 88,000 people reported missing and the threat of numerous nuclear meltdowns, Japan is facing its worst national catastrophe since World ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Japan Quake Disaster Raises Fears and Charity in OC

    Photo by Airman John D. Partlow/U.S. Air ForceDisplaced commercial airline passengers take shelter inside Taiyo Community Center on Friday.​Those following the epic horrors playing out across the Pacific are aware that the 8.9 magnitude earthquake has been officially declared the worst catastrophe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Storm of Biblical Proportions as Likely as Big Quake

    ​Screw the "Big One": a coming storm of biblical proportions may prove to be an even greater threat to Southern California than a mega-earthquake along the dreaded San Andreas fault.So say more than 100 scientists and experts gathered by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to create an "ARkStorm Sce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    UCI Scientists Shake Up History Channel's Megaquake 10.0, But Is 'Big One' Threat Real?

    USGS​Two UC Irvine scientists are among the experts featured in tonight's world-premiere showing of Megaquake 10.0 on the History Channel. The two-hour special is set to shake up your flat-screen at 9 p.m., but, as Fritz and Fred always say, check local listings to confirm the time.The UCI academi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Major Quake Hoax Shakes Up Twitter, Facebook

    ​Scientists agree an earthquake early warning system is close to being a possibility, but everyone agrees the messages posted on Twitter and Facebook about a major California quake happening some time over the next few days is bullshit."Fake California 'Earthquake Warning' Currently Scaring Idiots ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Will Wyclef Jean Get to Run for Haiti President as One of 30 Candidates?​ Today the Haitian elections board will decide whether Wyclef Jean is eligible to run for the country's presidency. There's a five consecutive year Haitian residency requirement for candidates, but Jean has said his roving ambassador stint by President Rene Preval in 200 ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Wyclef Jean Filed Papers to Run for President of Haiti​We knew it was official; Wyclef Jean did tell Time Magazine he was running for president of Haiti after weeks of rumors yesterday. But a few minutes ago, the AP reported that Jean has filed the paperwork to run for president of Haiti at an electoral council office i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    How to Predict an Earthquake with a Doughnut

    ​There is a sweet new way to predict earthquakes and it's making waves throughout Southern California. Many scientists believe that predicting earthquakes is still impossible, but the Mogi Doughnut seems more credible than the Quake Quack's theory. Colorful charts do not a seismologist make. Acco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Is "Quake Quack" Behind Bold Prediction of a Significant SoCal Shaker This Week?​Twitter is all a-twitter with the revelation that a big earthquake will hit Southern California some time today through Friday, but those freaking out likely have no idea that the source of the ground-shaking news has been labeled a "Quake Quack."Luke Thomas has for years made ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Return of the Swallows

    Mission San Juan Capistrano

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    March 11, 2010

    Local Muslims Step Up to Help Haiti

    American Red CrossA Haitian man in temporary shelter receives earthquake relief in a box.​Orange County Muslims on Friday plan to ship out to Haiti a 40-foot container full of clothes, medicine, medical equipment, bottled water and other basic necessities.

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    January 28, 2010
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    January 22, 2010

    New UCI Research Will Have You Looking at Earthquakes and Lawns Differently

    UC Irvine researchers have discovered new ways to look at earthquakes and your front lawn. No, not how shakers rip up your green playground. We're talking one study that dispels notions about how experts estimate the potential for the next so-called "Big One," and a second that disproves the idea th ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Website Predicts When Next Earthquake Will Hit

    InternationalProtectionConsulting.comHow far is Kobe, Japan, from 92626 again?​"Open Hazards is a group of scientists, technologists, and business people dedicated to the proposition that, through advances in forecasting and sensor technology, as well as an open, web-based approach to public infor ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    Live From Earthquake Central!

    WikicommonsYou know what's funny? Earthquake coverage. To be specific: coverage of moderate earthquakes. NPR's coverage of the devastating Chengdu tremor in 2008 can be called many things, but not "funny" isn't one of them.When a 4.7 quake hits Southern California, as one did last night, you have to ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    The Glory of Easter

    Crystal Cathedral

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    March 17, 2009

    Stinkin' Royal George Brett Buys Angels Farm Team

    The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, which has been an Angels farm team since 2001, has been sold to a group led by Bobby Brett and his former Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer brother, George Brett. Majority owner Hank Stickney of Valley Baseball Club Inc., which moved the Quakes to Rancho Cucamonga from ne ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    Rockin' Like a 6.0

    NASCAR Pepsi 500

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    July 29, 2008

    Earthquake Strikes So Cal

    Just before noon this morning, an earthquake rocked Southern California--Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles. From the fifth floor of OC Weekly's Santa Ana headquarters, the 5.8** magnitude quake felt like I was standing on a rocking waterbed for at least 12 seconds. The build ... More >>

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    July 29, 2008

    "California's Queer Quake"

    About 75 minutes after this morning's Southern California earthquake, Reverend Wiley Drake named the seismic event, "the California Queer Quake," and announced via email to his nationwide followers that "another queer quake [is] trying to get California's attention." Won't you listen, damn it? "Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Friday's Headlines & Surprises

    No, really? You can finally relax. The Coastline Pilot decided it was time to voice its opposition to alcohol consumption by teenagers. “Drinks, teens shouldn't mix,” the Los Angeles Times-owned community paper serving Laguna Beach declared today. And just in case readers didn't comprehend the s ... More >>

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    March 28, 2007

    Mother Nature gone wild

    "Wild" seems to be the word of choice among headline writers to describe yesterday's weather. The LA Daily News bucked the trend, going with "Crazy", but for the most part, editors across the country agree, it was wild. Of course, in the impressive natural events category, yesterday's weather, wil ... More >>

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    January 3, 2007

    We're doomed, doomed...

    … or maybe not. The AP reports: Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson said Tuesday that God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would cause a "mass killing" late in 2007. "I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his news-and-talk television ... More >>

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    November 13, 2006

    Hear The Earth Move

    Via the excellent BLDGBLOG: German artist Florian Dombois translates the subaudible sound of plate tectonics into something the human ear can hear, revealing unique geological characteristics of brewing earthquakes around the planet. Says Dombois: Usually seismic waves have a frequency spectrum bel ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 26, 2006

    Shake and Break

    'State of Emergency: Disaster Response in California'

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    July 5, 2006

    Shake n' Bake

    It's been funny--not funny ha-ha--sitting here on the sidelines watching the changing global-warming debate. While the international scientific community for years has piled voluminous report atop voluminous report detailing that global warming is real, producing all sorts of climatic problems and e ... More >>

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    May 30, 2006

    Indonesian Earthquake Relief

    For anyone interested in helping the victims of the massive earthquake in Java, globetrotting raconteur and author of the forthcoming Prisoner of Trebekistan, Bob Harris has helpfully posted on his blog a list of charities assisting the survivors. Bob's post also touches on some of the questions you ... More >>

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    March 12, 2006

    Cross that bridge when you come it, if it's still there

    Only 6 days after the San Francisco Chronicle first reported on it and 5 days after The Blotter first noted it, the Los Angeles Times today informs its readers about the state of California's bridges. The state: hundreds of bridges are considered at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake becau ... More >>

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    February 16, 2006

    Earthquake weather or whatever...

    Yesterday, as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was submitting to a public humiliation ritual before a Senate committee, his only punishment for letting New Orleans drown (in other countries, such incompetence would result in dismissal from office and permanent disgrace, but in the land o ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 5, 2005

    We (Almost) Have Ignition

    Vesuvius steams majestically, doesnt erupt

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    July 17, 2003

    Foster-Child Meat

    Californias Republican make-over

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