LONG BEACH >> The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego — but it banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them. Animal rights activists praised the decision as a death blow to the use of killer whales at the California ocean park. The vote “ensures that no more orcas will be condemned to a non-life of loneliness, deprivation and misery,” said a statement from People from the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
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.