Blog Archive: Natural Disasters

‘King tides,’ when sun, moon align, could flood California coast

LOS ANGELES — Exceptionally high tides along the California coast could bring flooding to low-lying areas like marinas and beach parking lots. The National Weather Service says so-called “king tides,” starting Tuesday could affect areas from San Francisco Bay down to Southern California. The highest level of the week will be Wednesday.

USGS says magnitude-6.6 quake hits Gulf of California

MEXICO CITY >> A strong earthquake shook communities along the Gulf of California on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude 6.6 quake struck at 1:14 a.m. local time at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The offshore epicenter was 48 miles (79 kilometers) south-southwest of Los Mochis. It was preceded by two other earthquakes of magnitude 4.9 and 5.3. Mexico’s national coordinator of civil protection, Luis Felipe Puente, sent a tweet saying that there were no immediate reports of damage in Sinaloa state, where Los Mochis lies, or in Baja California Sur on the other side of the gulf.

‘Godzilla’ El Nino could save Southern California from drought, bring flooding

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune There’s a high probability that Southern California will experience drought-busting rains and local flooding this winter, after meteorologists announced Thursday that the chance of a strong El Niño had reached above 90 percent. If the forecast holds, weather experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Climate Prediction Center said the El Niño event would be among the

Powerful earthquake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning

TOKYO >> A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth’s surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of major damage. The magnitude-8.5 offshore quake struck off the Ogasawara islands at a depth of 590 kilometers (370 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometers (421 miles).

Fish found in suspected tsunami debris boat quarantined

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The wreckage of a fishing boat that appears to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was carrying some unexpected passengers – fish from Japanese waters – when it was spotted off the Oregon coast. Scientists say 21 yellowtail jacks and one Asian striped knifejaw hitched a cross-Pacific ride in the bow of the boat. Fish washed up in debris can bring parasites and diseases to native species, but biologists say

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