USGS reports quake off of Humboldt County California on Friday Sep 22

USGS reports quake off of Humboldt County California on Friday Sep 22

Sep 23, 2017

The United States Geological Survey maps initially reported two moderate earthquakes off of Humboldt County on Friday afternoon, but officials have since clarified that one magnitude 5.7 quake hit in the ocean off of Ferndale. The quake, recorded at 12:50 PM local time at a depth of 9 kilometers, struck West of Humboldt Bay in an area that frequently experiences seismic activity. “It occurred on the Mendocino Fracture Zone,” says Jack Boatwright, a seismologist with the USGS office in Meno Park. “It’s an active area. We get a lot of earthquakes here.” A magnitude 6.5 quake rocked the area in December 2016, magnitude 7.2 and 6.6 quakes hit the region in June 2005, and a 6.8 shaker struck in March 2014. Though several people reported feeling shaking on Friday on the USGS “did you feel it feature,” few people took to Twitter in Ferndale, Eureka or Arcata to report feeling the shaking....

Tropical Storm Norma expected to become hurricane on the night of “El Grito”

Tropical Storm Norma expected to become hurricane on the night of “El Grito”

Sep 15, 2017

Tropical Storm Norma is expected to become a hurricane within the next several hours, the National Hurricane Center said. In a 9 a.m. Friday advisory,, the NHC said the center of the storm was located 85 miles east of Socorro Island and 290 miles south of Cabo San Lucas. The storm was traveling north at 2 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. Forecasters said Norma should strengthen into a hurricane by Friday night and a hurricane watch could be required later for parts of the Baja peninsula. “Norma is moving toward the north-northwest near 2 mph, and this slow motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days,” the NHC said, “A faster northward motion should begin by early Sunday.” Tropical Storm Lidia made landfall on the peninsula earlier this month, causing extensive flooding and leaving at least seven people dead. Hurricane Max, meanwhile, was churning just south of Norma, but was moving east toward Mexico’s west coast.  ...

New visitor’s center inaugurated at Cabo Pulmo National Park this summer

New visitor’s center inaugurated at Cabo Pulmo National Park this summer

Sep 12, 2017

A new visitor’s center has been inaugurated this summer at Cabo Pulmo National Park. The coral reef in Cabo Pulmo Bay is one of the few reef areas in the eastern Pacific and the only one in the Gulf of California or Sea of ​​Cortez. The biological diversity ranks among the highest on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The reef attracts 11 species of sharks, of which the bull shark is most common. The marine park is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Cabo San Lucas. Cabo Pulmo National Park was decreed a Protected Natural Area in 1995 and a Marine National Park in 2000. The new center will connect visitors to local community services and provide education on the region’s biodiversity. The center is powered by solar energy and will be open everyday. The park receives about 8,000 visitors annually. Planeta.com will be updating our guide to ecotourism and responsible travel in the park. Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/baja#cabopulmo Key Links http://pncabopulmo.conanp.gob.mx @PNCaboPulmo...

Jose upgraded to Category 4 hurricane as it heads to islands already destroyed by Irma

Jose upgraded to Category 4 hurricane as it heads to islands already destroyed by Irma

Sep 9, 2017

According to Yahoo News, The National Hurricane Center said that its planes had found Jose is now a Category 4 hurricane, with speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. Hurricane categories go up to 5, but it is possible that Jose will be further upgraded before it makes landfall. The new hurricane’s path passes over many of the islands that took the biggest beating from Irma, including Barbuda and St. Martin. Countries including France and the UK have sent resources and people to the islands in an attempt to get them resilient before Saturday, when the huge new storm is set to arrive. Two Dutch navy ships were in St. Martin with vital supplies. And two Dutch military aircraft were being sent the island of Curacao and on to St. Martin to deliver food and water intended to last the population of 40,000 five days. The aircraft were carrying 100 extra troops to deliver aid, repair infrastructure and restore order. Britain was sending hundreds of troops and the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean to Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands. In Anguilla, officials reported extensive damage to the airport, hospitals, shelters and schools and said 90 percent of roads were impassable. On Barbuda, nearly every building was damaged when the hurricane’s core crossed almost directly over the island early Wednesday. About 60 percent of its roughly 1,400 residents were left homeless, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said. He said roads and telecommunications systems were wrecked and recovery will take months, if not years. “It is just really a horrendous situation,” Browne said. Additional reporting by Associated Press...

Tijuana and Mexicali continue registering record temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius

Tijuana and Mexicali continue registering record temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius

Sep 2, 2017

Civil Protection of Baja California issued alerts since Friday September 1, before the arrival of the tropical storm “Lidia” to the south of the Peninsula. The southern part of the municipality of Ensenada, have been affected by the rains, regardless of the San Felipe area, in the Gulf of California. Civil Protection officials said that the Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali area are ruled out, although it may be that on Sunday afternoon some isolated rains could arrive. For now there is the presence of a high pressure system, which has brought very high temperatures, in Tijuana 40 degrees celsius have been registered, while in the area of ​​Mexicali, there are temperatures of 45 to 46 degrees Celsius. This Saturday, the meteorological phenomenon will be located on land on the southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula, moving towards the northwest, and its cloudiness will continue to affect western Mexico, with wind gusts above 80 kilometers per hour and waves 4 to 5 meters high. Wind gusts over 70 kilometers per hour and waves 3-4 meters high will hit the south coast of Sonora, north coast of Sinaloa and coasts of southwest and southeast of Baja California....

“Even when it was just a tropical storm, Lidia hit us harder than a hurricane”: People of Cabo

“Even when it was just a tropical storm, Lidia hit us harder than a hurricane”: People of Cabo

Sep 2, 2017

The people of Cabo will never forget August 31, when Lidia, without reaching the category of hurricane, covered the entire territory with cloudiness and caused havoc as it had not happened for a long time. Hundreds residents of Los Cabos, through social networks were reporting minute by minute the situation in their communities, refering to the magnitude of the phenomenon. “It’s too much water, my God, when is it going to stop?” People wrote on social networks. “What’s going on down the road? We hear a lot of shouting, “said Andrea Perez in a Facebook group that caused more than 300 comments. They asked for help for family and friends in the Lagunitas, Caribbean, Tierra y Libertad neighborhoods;  the Riu and the City Express hotels were totally flooded; people described how the cars were being washed away by the current or how the water rose all the way up to the second floor of a house. The collapse of a four-story building in Colonia Chulavista of Cabo San Lucas was reported on social networks too. Photographs, videos, prayers, laments, memories, everything was shared and as the night went by and the dawn brought images of destruction all over Cabo. Social networks played a fundamental role, because that was how authorities got to know the level of damage. The images of a looted Oxxo, the video of a car dragged by the current, photographs of cars piled up and muddled, cries of help because 911 collapsed. They simply did not answer anymore. On Facebook, Mrs. Ydequel Gutiérrez began organizing the community to bring help to Colonia Bajo Caribe, where dozens of families were trapped in their homes built of wood and cardboard, “with water upr to their waist”, says the woman. Interviewed by EL UNIVERSAL, she stated that she had no major problems, but her neighbors did have a bad time. “Poor people, down there. As soon as the rains stopped we started to help them, ” she says. Gutierrez arrived in Los Cabos 12 years ago, from Sinaloa. She is familiar with cyclones; However, she recounts, “The storm hit us harder than Hurricane Odile in 2014. It was windy and there was not so much damage from the water accumulation. Source:...