A police car has been destroyed after being hit by a falling bear in northern California. A Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy was driving on State Route 96 on August 3, when the bear fell or jumped onto the car, apparently from a steep embankment, police said. The officer had been driving to a reported drug overdose in the town of Orleans, near the Oregon border. The bear smashed the hood and windshield. The car hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames. The deputy managed to escape without serious injury. The fire was contained to about half an acre but the car was gutted. However, the California Department of Transportation stated: “Don’t worry, the bear also fled the scene.” - Press Association … [Read more...] about Bear falls on moving police car in northern California
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Twin quakes — the biggest to hit Southern California in decades — struck a stretch of the Mojave Desert last week sending seismic waves rippling through Earth. No deaths were reported, partly because the two quakes hit a sparsely populated region of the Golden State. The ruptured faults were not part of the San Andreas fault system, which snakes 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) from north to south along the coastline, where the North American and Pacific plates meet. But is there a chance that these quakes could somehow transfer stress to the San Andreas Fault, potentially triggering the much feared "Big One" in one of the state's most populous cities? The last Big One struck on April 18, 1906, off the northern California coast, and is believed to have killed 3,000 people, the Express reports. Will the Big One erupt along the San Andreas fault line? The latest US Geological Survey (USGS) quake data estimates that 1906-type earthquakes occur at intervals of about every 200 … [Read more...] about Will California’s next earthquake erupt along San Andreas?
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck 5 kilometres south-southwest of the small community of Petrolia in northern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The tremor on Saturday evening was estimated to have a depth of 9.4 km.There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.Petrolia, in Humboldt County, has an estimated population of a few hundred people, and is located 407 km north of San Francisco in a wilderness area that experiences frequent earthquake activity. … [Read more...] about Magnitude 5.6 quake in Northern California
Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 12:34 PM EDT Jun 17, 2019 As bad as last year's wildfire season was in the western U.S., this season's could be even worse, federal forecasters warn. "It's hard to imagine a repeat of this experience, but this is the potential reality that we face again this year," said Jeff Rupert, director of the Office of Wildland Fire for the Interior Department, during his opening remarks at a Senate hearing last Thursday, CNN reported. The catastrophic 2018 wildfire season ravaged California, killing dozens of people, causing billions of dollars of damage, and leaving behind charred ruins where towns had been, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Two of the worst fires were the Camp Fire – the state's costliest and deadliest ever – and the Mendocino Complex Fire, which was California's largest ever at over 700 square miles. "So it's difficult for me to sit here this morning and say that a … [Read more...] about Wildfire season: Could be worse than last year’s in California
Associated Press Published 2:56 AM EDT Jun 8, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric said it will shut off power Saturday to about 1,600 customers in Northern California and may do the same for thousands more to reduce the risk of wildfires. The utility announced Friday night that as of Saturday morning it will turn off electricity to customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties west of Sacramento. The utility said it also will monitor conditions in parts of the Sierra foothills Saturday night through Sunday when they will be at peak fire risk. The company said it could decide to cut power to 30,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties. That includes portions of Paradise, where a wildfire wiped out nearly 15,000 homes last year. The warning came as forecasters issued the year’s first red flag warning of high fire danger because of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures in portions of the Central Valley and areas north of San … [Read more...] about PG&E shuts power to lower wildfire risks in Northern California