YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A small earthquake jolted Yellowstone National Park near Old Faithful geyser on Sunday.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.6 magnitude temblor occurred just before 10 a.m. with the epicenter located about 6 miles north of Old Faithful, one of the park’s main attractions.
We have seen a rash of earthquake activity, first California then El Salvador and now Costa Rica with a very large quake. Thank goodness that there are minimal human casualties so far. Now there is a higher alert status on the Turrialba Volcano there as scientists have noticed increased activity and believe that an eruption might be imminent.
I love Costa Rica and am happy to know that there is so little damage. It does remind us thought that very large earthquakes can and do occur in this hemisphere and we should all be ready to respond should one occur near us.
Thank God that this didn’t occur near one of the nuclear facilities in our country. We wouldn’t worry so much about the radiation from Fukushima and would instead focus on the destruction here at home! Believe me, it would be an event that no one, not even a politician would ever, ever forget!
Be prepared, be healthy.
Wow, yet another pair of earthquakes in Oklahoma. Seems like there is beginning to be as much activity there as in California.
Two earthquakes strike central Oklahoma
Two earthquakes struck central Oklahoma this morning. The first occurred about 1:21 a.m. two miles southeast of Jones. The second struck about 10 minutes later near Paden. Paden is about 60 miles east of the Greater Oklahoma City Metro area.
KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City is also currently reporting on July 13th the first earthquake in Jones registered at a 3.3 magnitude on the Richter scale. The second earthquake was smaller. It only registered at a 2.8 magnitude on the Richter scale.
“Oklahoma is getting as bad as California,” Heidi Dennis, a life-long resident of Oklahoma City, said. “I was born here and lived her all my life; I’ve heard of so many earthquakes in Oklahoma.”
“I know Oklahoma is on a fault, but we’ve had a lot of earthquakes lately,” Dennis continued. “I’m just glad no one has been hurt and the damage hasn’t been too bad.”
Getting a bit better prepared might not be a good idea for everyone. Looks like we will see more on the horizon!
In all the frightening disaster scenarios out there an earthquake, a large one, along the New Madrid fault is perhaps one of the most serious. The last time there were major earthquakes along the fault, entire cities disappeared and rivers changed their course. There is no way to know exactly how many casualties there were as this was well over 120 years ago and longer.
If this blog has any truth in it the government might be expecting something. Then again it is the government and how reliable are they?
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Personally, irregardless of this I have been preparing for any type event where I will need water, food and fuel for an extended period of time. It just costs so little in the whole scheme of things that it just makes sense, at least to me!
If I were a parent with children in school in an earthquake prone area, I would most definitely make darn sure that the building was structurally sound and could withstand an earthquake!
I would also make sure my kids knew about earthquake safety…i.e. how to act in the event of an earthquake.
KTLA SPECIAL REPORT: Can Your Child’s School Withstand An Earthquake? (Part 2)
:01 p.m. PST, February 15, 2012
HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) — Several Southern California school campuses have been flagged with structural issues, but students continue to attend class daily.
Helen Bernstein is one of dozens of schools that have been placed on a list no California school wants to be on, which is leading some to question whether the high school is structurally safe, if an earthquake strikes.
Martir Gomez has a daughter who is a student at Helen Bernstein and while he likes the school, he says he wishes he would have known about the problem three years ago when his daughter first enrolled.
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Classes have been in session since 2008 at the modern, five-story Hollywood campus which cost an estimated $177 million to build.
But, according to documents uncovered by California Watch — a reporting initiative launched by the independent, nonpartisan Center for Investigative Reporting — there are structural flaws and potential safety hazards that a state agency called the DSA (Division of the State Architect which provides design and construction oversight for K12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and leased facilities) has not approved.
“There’s bracing issues, bracing issues in the wall, there’s issues with some of their sheer wall brackets,” says Eric Lamoureux who works for the California Department of General Services.
Lamoureux says it’s DSA’s job to make sure schools being built meet standards to withstand earthquakes and Helen Bernstein has been given the dreaded Letter 4 status.
“The one you need to be most concerned about… is a Letter 4s. Those are projects we’ve determined there’s a structural issue,” Lamoureux said in an interview with KTLA.
Documents show that before the school opened its doors, more than 1300 changes made to contract documents had not gone through for approval and the contractor continued to build over those deviation items.
During construction, inspectors listed missing bolts and missing welds on support beams, missing anchors and lopsided walls.
One engineer noted that ceiling framing and braces were bending and weak and later added that “if any accident occurs in the future, who will be liable for that?”
“At the end of the day, the school district is responsible,” says Lamoureux.
KTLA tried several times to get an on camera interview with the LA Unified School District and the station was told that no one responsible for the construction of Helen Bernstein works at the district currently and it would be unfair to put a new employee’s face on camera to answer questions.
Over the phone, the district admitted there was friction on the job site each day between the contractor and inspectors.
LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive, Kelly Schmader, said “We’re looking at each deviation closely. There are some things that have not been fixed because we don’t believe they are deviations and we’ve had professionals in the industry confirm that Helen Bernstein is safe.”
KTLA contacted the contractor for Helen Bernstein, but the station was told no one was available for comment.
The DSA says it cannot specify which structural issues have been resolved and which ones still remain.
The district insists that students are not in danger, but Gomez says, “If I would have known that, I would have taken my kid out of this school and put her someplace else.”
Bernstein is one of dozens of California Schools that have not met earthquake standards. To see if your school is on the list, go to: CaliforniaWatch.Org
We also have posted about common things that you can do in the event of an earthquake and they are surprising.
Wow, the surprise for me in the below article is that heretofore they were not required to do an earthquake assessment! Incredible that this somehow slipped by and these plants were built, some directly over fault lines know for high earthquake activity!
Hopefully, we won’t see a devastating earthquake anywhere near one of these plants ever…but the facilities have 4 years to comply with the new rules…I am betting that they find a way to put that off…indefinitely!
Updated Earthquake Risk Assessment Required at Nuclear Plants
By TAMMY WEBBER | February 4, 2012
Nuclear plants throughout the central and eastern United States must be reassessed within four years to determine how well they might withstand earthquakes, including plants in Illinois and Iowa where new geological data suggest earthquakes could be more frequent and intense than previously believed, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
The commission this week released an updated seismic risk model that plant operators must use to recalculate risks. The model has been in development for four years but took on a greater urgency after last year’s nuclear disaster in Japan following an earthquake and tsunami, said Viktoria Mitlyng, a Lisle, Ill.-based spokeswoman for the NRC.
Exelon Energy, which operates Illinois’ 11 nuclear reactors, believes it will take three to five years to complete studies for all of its plants before determining whether any need upgrades, but “would not expect to incur significant costs as a result,” said spokesman Marshall Murphy. He said the company’s units already are designed to withstand an earthquake of 6.0 to 6.9 on the Richter scale.
Murphy said the plants also are built to withstand “variety of other significant natural events and … are constructed in a safe manner in which there are numerous redundant safety systems in place.”
Exelon’s Dresden Nuclear Power Plant, about 65 miles southwest of Chicago, and NextEra Energy’s Duane Arnold Energy Center, just north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are in areas where scientists believe that seismic risk is slightly greater than indicated by past data, Mitlyng said.
Both also use Mark I boiling-water reactors, which are the same model as the Fukushima Daiichi plant that failed in Japan, a design that has been a concern to some environmentalists and scientists in this country.
David Lochbaum, director of the nuclear safety project for Union of Concerned Scientists, said spent fuel rods at those plants are stored above and outside of the reactor containment chamber instead of at ground level, and systems used to cool the rods were not built to withstand earthquakes. He said the assumption when the plants were built was that the rods would be shipped off-site for burial. But that didn’t happen after a U.S. plan to bury spent rods in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain was stalled.
If the storage area or piping were to rupture, it might be more difficult to keep the rods covered with water, which is required to protect them “because they’re up in the attic,” Lochbaum said, adding that, “I don’t want to imply that Dresden is a house of cards.”
Exelon officials have said all their reactors are safe.
A spokeswoman for the Arkansas Nuclear One plant near Russellville, Ark., said officials will review the new seismic model to determine if upgrades are needed, but the plant doesn’t anticipate major changes. She said the plant was designed and built to withstand the largest earthquake historically reported in the area, plus a margin of safety.
“Our original design is pretty solid,” Gregory said. “We feel like we’re safe today and we’ll be safe tomorrow, but we constantly reevaluate our processes.”
However, Gregory cautioned that it’s too early to tell whether the plant, which is operated by Entergy, will have to make any tweaks based on the new seismic model.
“The challenge is going to be simply meshing this with the time expectations that the regulator has,” said Steve Kerekes, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, a Washington-based policy group. “It’s not going to be a surprise to them because this is an issue that’s been percolating for many years now.”
In Kansas, Jenny Hageman, spokeswoman for the Wolf Creek Nuclear plant, said it’s unclear if there will be a change in risk for Wolf Creek, about 90 miles southwest of Kansas City. She said Wolf Creek is designed to withstand an earthquake equivalent to the maximum potential earthquake in the region, with an additional safety margin.
“Wolf Creek will use the information from the new seismic model in evaluating seismic hazards as part of our ongoing efforts to incorporate lessons learned from events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant,” Hageman said.
Scott Bond, manager of nuclear development for Ameren Missouri, also did not anticipate major changes in risk for the company’s Callaway Nuclear Generating Station in central Missouri.
“What we would stress here is really this is not associated with Fukushima,” Bond said. “This was ongoing. It really is just part of the constant reexamination of nuclear safety by the industry and the regulators.”
The Associated Press reported in September that the NRC believed a fourth of America’s reactors might need modifications to make them safer in the event of an earthquake. The report, based on a preliminary AP analysis of government data, came after the largest earthquake to hit Virginia in 117 years appeared to exceed what the North Anna nuclear power plant was built to sustain. The plant northwest of Richmond was shut down for three months after the Aug. 23 quake caused peak ground movement about twice the level for which the plant was designed.
(Associated Press Reporters Jeannie Nuss in Arkansas and Maria Sudekum in Missouri contributed to this report.)
Personally, I would never even consider living within hundreds of miles of one of these monsters! Once the monster is out of the box, the damage is irreversable as we are witnessing in Fukushima!
3rd earthquake in 2 years hit Beeville in S. Texas this morning. Unusual? Yes! Why, well no one knows exactly but some suspect the drilling activity close by. It is under investigation…
I am sure that the oil companies will squash any info that might support such a theory. Can you tell I am a bit skewed against the objectivity of the media these days?
Third Sizeable Earthquake in Two Years
It happened without many people even knowing it but early Saturday morning an earthquake rumbled through the Beeville area.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the tremor happened at 6:48 AM, 38 miles northwest of Beeville. No damage was reported.
It came in as a 3.0 on the Richter Scale.
This is the third sizeable earthquake to rock the area in the past two years. A quake back in October had nearly the same epicenter. That one was a 4.6 magnitude earthquake and was felt by people as far away as Corpus Christi. Another trembler back in April of 2010 in Aqua Dulce came in as a 4.0.
So are three sizeable quakes in two years unusual? Could they be related to all the new oil drilling along the Eagle Ford Shale?
Geologists are looking at that possibility. Mark Besonen, a geologist at TAMUCC says “there is scientific evidence that suggests injecting fluids under pressure deep into the earth can promote seimistiy or earthquakes… if these start happening more frequently than in the past we can say it’s abnormal.”
Scientists say the only way to prove the recent oil boom is responsible for the earthquakes would be if additional quakes occur.
This is the case in point that one never knows when or how bad an ‘event’ might be. I would think that it is a reasonable action to get a bit prepared in case of an event that could disrupt your life. It is a small price to pay to have some stored food, water and other supplies.
Talk about odd, 2 earthquakes in one month is South Texas! I am from that part of the world and have never heard of, or can remember such a thing as an earthquake in that area!
One never knows when they might need provisions…Are you prepared?
Magnitude 3.3 earthquake shakes South Texas
Updated 09:50 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2011
A magnitude 3.3 earthquake shook a rural area south of San Antonio early Saturday morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, whose epicenter was about 44 miles southeast of the city, struck at about 4:35 a.m. No damage was reported.
A 4.8 magnitude quake struck the area last month, the largest recorded in South Texas since USGS began keeping track.
Experts say small earthquakes are not uncommon in the area. Alan Dutton, chairman of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has said the region gets a tremor about every two to four years.
The state’s largest recorded quake happened Aug. 16, 1931 — a 5.8 magnitude temblor near Valentine in far West Texas’ Jeff Davis County.
No matter where I might be I would make sure to have some Water and Storable food just for starters!
This new FEMA commercial is great and alarming. On the one hand it is urging you to be prepared and on the other you have to wonder why it is coming out now…
Is there something coming that ‘they’ don’t want to tell you about? ‘They’ just want to urge you to be prepared, I doubt that. There is something coming and ‘they’ know it!
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Commercial continued: As the small family walks out the door with their grab n go bag, they are met at the sidewalk by ‘FEMA’ trucks (deuce and a halves) staffed by the U.S. military armed with semi automatic weapons ‘ready’ to escort you to a ‘FEMA’ camp…and the small family is so happy to have been ‘SAVED’!!!
Breaking News! A 5.3 earthquake has hit Southern Spain just a bit ago and there are many injured, many buildings have collapsed and there are confirmed dead already. They are still trying to find out if there were people in the collapsed buildings and homes…too early to tell yet it is late evening now in Spain so the darkness will impede their efforts.
If you don’t believe that something is going on in the Universe/World then you must be a bit hard headed these days. How many of these disasters does one need before they admit that maybe, just maybe the world is changing…and what can they do about it?
As I have said before, with the power structure as entrenched and controlling as it appears to be, it will take an ‘outside’ event(s) that just overwhelm that structure before we see real change in our country and the world.
Spain: Earthquake rocks Lorca, Murcia, killing 10
At least 10 people were killed after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake toppled several buildings in southern Spain, near the town of Lorca, officials say.
The quake struck at a depth of just 1km (0.6 miles), some 120km south-west of Alicante, at 1850 (1650 GMT), the US Geological Survey reported.
Lines of cars lay crushed under tonnes of rubble and a hospital was evacuated as a precaution.
The quake followed a 4.4 magnitude tremor about two hours earlier.
It is not clear how many people were injured, although Spanish media say there are dozens.
Spanish TV captured dramatic images of a church bell tower crashing to the ground, landing just metres from the cameraman.
Shocked residents and workers rushed out of buildings and gathered in squares, parks and open spaces. Old buildings were badly damaged.
A doctor told the online edition of El Pais that she and her colleagues went into the streets and treated people with serious injuries, many of them “unconscious”.
“The ambulances could not reach them. They took more than 40 minutes,” she said.
The earthquakes were felt over a wide area.
“Unfortunately, we can confirm… deaths due to cave-ins and falling debris,” Lorca Mayor Francisco Jodar told radio station Ser.
“We are trying to find out if there are people inside the collapsed houses,” he added.
Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has deployed emergency military units to the scene, the Spanish Efe news agency reported.
Mr Zapatero was in a meeting with Spanish King Juan Carlos when he was informed of the quake, the premier’s office said in a statement.
The BBC’s Sarah Rainsford in Madrid says the quake is the most serious to hit Spain in about 50 years.
The US Geological Survey said both earthquakes happened at a depth of about six miles (10km).
Spain has hundreds of earthquakes every year but most of these are too small to be noticed. Murcia – the region where Lorca is situated – is the country’s most seismically active area and suffered tremors in 2005 and 1999.
Murcia is close to the large fault line beneath the Mediterranean Sea where the European and African continents meet.
A number of aftershocks have been felt in the region after Wednesday’s quake, and authorities fear the death toll could rise.
Are you in the area? Send us your comments.
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