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Local Fires Shut Down Freeway And Prompt Evacuations – Green and Grass Valley Blazes Consume Number of Homes

Local Fires Shut Down Freeway And Prompt Evacuations – Green and Grass Valley Blazes Consume Number of Homes

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(Best Syndication) Yesterday I spoke to our local fire chief, Bob Kettleman, who told me that they may be called to help out the firefighters at the Lake Castaic fire. Since then it seems like the whole world caught on fire with blazes breaking out near Running Springs and in the Cajon Pass. Now there are more fires burning in Canyon Country and even more incidents in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

Today I spoke with Norma to the US Forest Service who said that (as of 7:15 pm) there was no information available on containment. She told me that the fire in the Cajon Pass was a San Bernardino County fire department operation. The fire in the Cajon Pass near Devore shut down the 15 Freeway for a “short time” today and consumed about 200 acres.

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Near Wrightwood In Pinon Hills California – Small Aftershocks Felt – No Reports Damage Injuries

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Near Wrightwood In Pinon Hills California – Small Aftershocks Felt – No Reports Damage Injuries

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(Best Syndication) Pinon Hills Calif. - A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck Pinon Hills California at 1:53 a.m. Tuesday morning. The quake was felt as far away as the San Fernando Valley and was centered approximately 3 miles north of Wrightwood in the unincorporated area of Pinon Hills in San Bernardino County. The epicenter was likely between Pinon Hills and Wrightwood.

There are no reports of damage. The quake felt like a quick jolt with a small shaking motion. It lasted less than 6 seconds here in Pinon Hills. The US Geological Survey (USGS)says the quake was at a depth of 5 miles (hopocentral). The coordinates were 34 Ddeg. 23.1 min. North, 117 Deg. 38.1 min. West.

The San Andreas Fault runs through Wrightwood, and Pinon Hills is located in the Southern California rift zone. (See Video Below)

Opinion: Big Earthquake Inevitable; Catastrophe Isn’t

Opinion: Big Earthquake Inevitable; Catastrophe Isn’t

Brad Mitzelfelt
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Experts tell us a major earthquake hits about every 150 years on the San Andreas Fault. It’s been 300 years since the most recent such event on the lower segment of the fault.

But our response to this realization shouldn’t be fear or denial. It should be to hasten our preparations for such an event. (See Video Below)

To help inform residents about the role they can play in earthquake preparedness, on August 31st I launched a new addition to my website at www.sbcounty.gov/mitzelfelt/earthquake_preparedness.htm. The new page includes links to resources and information such as how to how to get involved in your community’s disaster response team, how to develop a family evacuation plan, how to prepare children for disasters and how to prepare your home for an earthquake.

UN Meeting on Climate Change Missing Urgent, Critical Data

UN Meeting on Climate Change Missing Urgent, Critical Data

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KELOWNA, BC – The very important UN Meeting in New York is unknowingly missing critical data regarding climate change and the Canadian Government isn’t addressing it says Curtis Bennett of Thermografix Consulting Corporation in Kelowna, B.C.

Bennett is a temperature specialist with an architecture, engineering and electrical energy provision background. Bennett explains that buildings in different areas are designed for the high and low temperature over the year. An example is Kelowna’s design criteria are -20 degrees C for the winter and +33 degrees C for the summer extreme.

Every state and province uses this data to determine energy consumption, emissions and overall sustainability of the building. United Nations Meeting, Al Gore, Governor Schwartzenegger, PM Harper, Environment Minister John Baird, David Suzuki, governments of the world, pine beetle experts, biologists, agriculture, water, weather, environment and health is depending on building compliance to do their jobs. Codes and laws are in place to ensure building sustainability.

Earthquake in Indonesia causes Tsunami Warnings to be issued

Earthquake in Indonesia causes Tsunami Warnings to be issued

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[Best Syndication] An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2, jolted people in the Sumatra area of Indonesia this Wednesday which caused officials to issue a tsunami warning for the Indian Ocean.

The coastal areas receiving the tsunami warnings sparked a panic in Southeast Asia and two deaths have been caused from the turmoil.

Two separate tsunami warnings were issued. The first 8.2 earthquake had a two hour tsunami warning which was lifted, but soon afterwards an aftershock tremor of 6.6 (the US Geological Survey measured the second quake at 6.0 magnitude) happened in the same region which prompted a second tsunami warning to be issued.

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