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Dead Sardines in California Redondo Beach Harbor prompts investigation

Dead Sardines in California Redondo Beach Harbor prompts investigation

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(Best Syndication News) - There was around one million dead sardines that were floating in the Redondo Beach harbor in the morning of March 8, 2011. This massive death of fish has prompted Southern California state biologists to investigate the sardines to see if there was contaminated water or toxins. The harbor remains open and is in the process of being cleaned up from the dead sardines.

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) was out collecting samples of the dead fish and water to send to their Rancho Cordova laboratory to run several tests.

Currently the officials suspect that the fish were deprived of oxygen and that is why they died. One theory is that the sardines were moved into the harbor because of the storms that occurred and got trapped and suffocated.

Japan Rocked By Large Earthquake Today

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(Best Syndication News) Today a large earthquake rocked the ocean off the coast of Japan (see maps below). The 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, or more precisely 193 km (119 miles) southeast of Morioka, Honshu.

The large distance from the epicenter reduced the risk of casualties or damage. The large earthquake was felt as far away as Tokyo where buildings reportedly rocked back and forth.

There was a tsunami warning issued and a 24 inch (60cm) tsunami did hit the town of Ofunato.

Southern California Weather Forecast - Heavy Snow Storm in Mountains and High Desert this Friday and Saturday

Southern California Weather Forecast - Heavy Snow Storm in Mountains and High Desert this Friday and Saturday

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(Best Syndication News) - Snow is on its way to Southern California's high desert and mountain areas with the snow level dropping as low as 2,000 to 2,500 feet in elevation. The National Weather Service announced a winter storm warning starting Friday (February 25, 2011) at 6 pm and going through Saturday (February 26, 2011) until 4 pm.

Snow accumulations are going to be substantial. Elevations above 3,500 feet can expect between 8 to 12 inches of snow, and elevations above 5,500 feet can expect between 12 to 24 inches. The heaviest snowfall will occur overnight between 3 am through 5 am. There will also be 20 – 30 MPH southwest winds that can have gusts up to 50 MPH as well during this snow storm.

The first drops of rain and precipitation should arrive around 6 pm. As the temperature drops enough snow will start to fall and could possibly continue into the next day up until around 2 pm. The rain and snow could return around 6 pm and continue in the early hours of Sunday morning, however the amount and chance are less likely.

Two major Earthquakes shake New Zealand today causing deaths and serious damage

Two major Earthquakes shake New Zealand today causing deaths and serious damage


(Best Syndication News) - Near Christchurch, New Zealand in the South Island of the country, there was two major earthquakes that shook, one was a 6.3 magnitude and was followed by a 5.6 magnitude a few minutes later.

The first earthquake was the 6.3 magnitude tremor that was located at 43.600°S, 172.710°E at a depth of 3.1 miles said the US Geological Survey. The event happened at February 22, 2011 at 12:51:43 PM local time at the epicenter. It was near Christchurch, New Zealand. The quake was reported to have lasted around one minute.

The second earthquake happened a few minutes later at 01:04:18 PM local time at the epicenter which was located at 43.580°S, 172.798°E at a depth of 4.2 miles. This was nearby and probably would be considered an aftershock tremor.

Earthquakes shake Baja California Mexico

Earthquakes shake Baja California Mexico

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(Best Syndication News) - An 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook Baja California, Mexico at 11:34 am this Sunday, February 20, 2011. The location of the earthquake was at 32.178°N, 115.159°W at the depth of 16.8 miles.

The nearest major city to the earthquake was 8 miles away at Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico. There wasn't many reports received to the US Geological Survey of people feeling the earthquake.

There has been another recent earthquake activity nearby. On Friday, February 18, 2011 at 9:47:35 am there was a 5.1 magnitude earthquake. This earthquake was located at 32.047°N, 115.062°W with a depth of 9.3 miles. The nearest city was Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico which was 17 miles away from the center of the earthquake.

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