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Significant Earthquake Strikes South of Palm Springs, CA

Posted by feww on June 10, 2016

M5.2 strikes 44km S of Palm Springs, Calif.

Centered at 33.431°N, 116.443°W [20.0 km NNW of Borrego Springs] the event occurred at a depth of 12.3km, reported USGS/EHP.

  • The quake struck at 08:07:11 UTC [2016-06-10] and was followed by a swarm of at least nine aftershocks, as of posting.

Testimonies [EMSC]

Witness location : La Quinta (United States) (28 km NE from epicenter)
Strongest I have felt in a long time. Things really rattled. Pictures sitting on furniture came down

Witness location : Palm Desert (United States) (32 km N from epicenter)
First felt a rumble then the house shook and could here stretching sounds. This was the scariest I’ve experienced in CA in last50 years. The cats were terrified and are hiding somewhere in the house. Street lights still on, nothing fell inside house which seems to be intact.

Witness location : Cathedral City (United States) (38 km NW from epicenter)
the whole ground shaking… seeing everything around shaking is the scariest feeling imaginable… i felt like the ground was going to open.

Witness location : Cathedral City (United States) (38 km NW from epicenter)
We are used to earthquakes in Southern California but for some reason, this one was felt as a very big one. Surprised it was only 5.2. I heard most people felt it through southern California from San Diego to Joshua Tree.

Witness location : Temecula (United States) (65 km W from epicenter)
Born and raised in Ca. & this earthquake truly got my attention. We were sleeping in my second story and it shook so vigorously I thought the earthquake felt like a 6.0 pretty bad rattling on second floor.

Witness location : Homeland (United States) (70 km NW from epicenter)
Felt way bigger than a 5.2 was a lot longer than other quakes.

Witness location : Fallbrook (United States) (75 km W from epicenter)
There was some thunderous sound and the whole house swayed.

Witness location : Rosarito (Mexico) (132 km SW from epicenter)
Scary woke up to approx 10 second jolt in Baja Mexico felt like a railroad train passed by me.

Witness location : Los Angeles (United States) (204 km NW from epicenter)
At the hospital and noticed the curtains and IV bag shaking.

Witness location : Mohave Valley (United States) (238 km NE from epicenter)
Lived here 20 years in mohave desert never felt anything like this. 3 to 4 seconds of rolling pretty strong

Witness location : Bullhead City (United States) (258 km NE from epicenter)
I’m in Arizona and felt light shifting like motion, totaling 6-10 seconds

Witness location : Bodfish (United States) (303 km NW from epicenter)
A little rolling lasted a couple seconds.

Other Significant Seismicity

  • M5.3 at 38.396°N, 144.528°E; depth=25.1km  about 249km ESE of Kamaishi, Japan 2016-06-10 12:07:02 UTC


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Mountain Fire: State of Emergency Declared in Riverside County

Posted by feww on July 21, 2013

Mountain Fire grows to about 30,000 acres

California’s Lieutenant Governor has issued an emergency proclamation for Riverside County in response to Mountain Fire, a massive wildfire that has destroyed residences and threatens thousands of homes and commercial properties forcing mass evacuations evacuations.

Mountain Fire has grown to 27,179 acres and remains at 15% containment as of Friday p.m. and more than 6,000 people have already been evacuated.

Additional Evacuation Orders/ Warning/ Notices

  • The Riverside County Sheriff in cooperation with Idyllwild Fire Protection District has issued an evacuation notice for the Idyllwild and Fern Valley area. This does not include Mountain Center and Poppet Flats.
  • This evacuation notice also includes the San Jacinto State Park Wilderness, Forest Service Wilderness and Forest Service Campgrounds.
  • An Evacuation Warning was issued for the community of Pine Cove just before noon on July 19, 2013.

Campground and Trail Closures:

The Pacific Crest Trail is now closed from Highway 74 (mile 152) to Strawberry Junction (mile 183) near the San Jacinto State Park boundary. All of the trails connection to the Pacific Crest Trail are closed as well, including South Ridge Trail, Carumba Trail, Spitler Peak Trail, Fobes Trail, and Cedar Springs.

All Forest Service Campgrounds located along Highway 243 are closed, The San Jacinto State Park is closed, and the San Jacinto Wilderness is closed.

Hurkey Creek County Campground, and all hiking and mountain biking trails out of Hurkey Creek and May Valley are closed.

Road Closures and Evacuations:

Evacuations orders for Trails End, Morris Ranch, and Camp Joe Scherman have been lifted as of 1:00 P.M. on July 20, 2013. Evacuation orders are still in effect for Idyllwild and Fern Valley. An Evacuation Warning also remains in place for the community of Pine Cove.

Closures have been lifted for Highway 74. Please be advised that fire crews and apparatus will still be working in the area; proceed with care for their safety and yours. Highway 243 is under a hard closure south of Pine Cove at the Nature Center to the junction of Highway 74. Residents have been allowed to return to the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista areas.

Camp Ronald McDonald has been voluntarily evacuated due to health concerns related to air quality.

Evacuation Centers:

Hemet High School, 41701 E. Stetson Ave, Hemet

Hamilton High School, 57430 Mitchell Road, Anza – Can accept small animals

Beaumont High School, 39139 Cherry Valley Blvd., Cherry Valley

Large and Small animals can be brought to the San Jacinto Animal Shelter, 581 S. Grand Ave, San Jacinto CA

Mountain fire continues to rage in the San Jacinto Mountains

The full text of the emergency proclamation is below:


WHEREAS a wildfire started on July 15, 2013, and continues to burn in Riverside County; and

WHEREAS the fire has burned over 24,000 acres, destroyed homes and commercial properties, and is threatening thousands of other residences and scores of other commercial properties, necessitating the evacuation of residents, and the opening of emergency shelters; and

WHEREAS on July 18, 2013, Riverside County proclaimed a local emergency and requested that I proclaim a state of emergency; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of this wildfire, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single county, city and county, or city and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exists within the County of Riverside due to these events.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Lieutenant Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist within Riverside County.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 19th day of July, 2013.

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Wildfire Forces 6,000 Residents, Visitors Flee Calif. Town

Posted by feww on July 18, 2013

Fierce, fast-moving wildfire turns on Calif. town, surrounding communities

At least 6,000 people were under mandatory evacuation Wednesday night as a massive wildfire exploded out of control in mountain terrain SW of Palm Springs.

The so-called Mountain fire has already consumed about 20,000 acres and destroyed 15 structures including at least 6 homes.

Mandatory evacuations were issued as a wind shift pushed the massive Mountain fire toward the resort town of Idyllwild.

At least 2,200 homes were evacuated and 4,100 residences including hotels, condominiums and cabins were threatened, said Forest Service spokeswoman Melody Lardner.

Large amounts of smoke and ash from the fire has prompted the authorities to issue a smoke advisory for multiple areas including Hemet, San Jacinto Valley, Banning Pass, Anza and the Coachella Valley.

The blaze is burning in the San Jacinto Mountains about 12 miles from the site of the 2006 Esperanza fire that destroyed 34 homes and five U.S. Forest Service fire crews, AP reported.

Timelapse of “Mountain Fire” near Idyllwild/San Jacinto wilderness

“Mountain Fire” in the San Jacintos destroys homes

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