U.S. Geological Survey

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    An Inconvenient Thirst

    Looking out the large windows from Jay Famiglietti's corner office at UC Irvine on a sun-drenched late-spring day, you take in an inviting deep greenbelt and, just beyond that, the green, green grass of Aldrich Park. Contrast that with the view from the UCI hydrologist's new office at the NASA Jet ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Old Bob, the Monster of Fullerton's Laguna Lake, Swims With the Fishes

    Remember the story of Old Bob?  He was a prehistoric monster who for years before his 2004 capture trolled the waters of Laguna Lake in Fullerton, terrorizing ducks and snatching fish from the lines of baffled anglers. For decades the legend of the "monster of Laguna Lake" conjured images ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Biologist Accuses Inland Water Districts of Spooking Populace Over Expanded Santa Ana Sucker Habitat

    ​Inland water districts are using unfounded claims, invented projections and a "staged sham" hearing to spread fears to the populace about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) having designated a portion of the Santa Ana River as a "critical habitat" for a little fish known as the Santa Ana su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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

    November 5, 2010

    3.7 Quake Shakes North OC and Long Beach

    ​I was sprinkling a light dusting of blueberries and Trader Joe's Organic Granny's Apple Granola on top of my bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat cereal at 9:06 this morning when it sounded as if something was trotting across the attic over the kitchen cabinets.My wife in bed with a col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    UPDATED: Earthquake! 5.4 Near Borrego Springs

    Boilerplate quake graph.Originally posted July 7 at 5:09 p.m. Updated at 5:34 with damage survey, see bottom of post​No, that wasn't you having a meth flashback. Yes, the ground was shaking. The US Geological Survey says that a 5.4 quake centered near Borrego Springs--inland from Orange County--ha ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2010

    [UPDATED] Baja-Centered Earthquake Rattles OC, SoCal

    ​ A magnitude 7.2 earthquake (initially reported as 6.9)  hit Baja California at 3:40 today, with shaking and rolling felt throughout OC. Aftershocks have continued both in Mexico and Southern California, according to the United States Geological Service.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    No. 1 on the Palin/Hewitt/Colbert Threat Down: (Polar) Bears!

    Sarah Palin invigorated the conservative base with her surprisingly poised speech to GOP delegates last night, kicking new life into what had been a ho-hum convention previously “highlighed” by the Dead Man Talking triad (George W. Bush, Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman). Clockwork's favorite sce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2006

    So long, suckers!

    Having recently considered some of OC's dirtiest coastal waters, let's turn our attention to freshwater– specifically the Santa Ana River, where even the good news is sometimes bad news. Take this nugget of good-ish sounding news about how things have changed since the '80's found in this mor ... More >>

  • Features

    September 2, 2004

    Its Snot Unusual

    Im George W. Bush, and I Approve This Destruction

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Off Again

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 112

  • News

    June 17, 1999

    The Silent Treatment, Part II

    Whats next for Ward Valley? Dont ask the governor