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No significant correlations have been identified between the rate of earthquake occurrence and the semi-diurnal tides when using large earthquake catalogs. There have, however, been some small but significant correlations reported between the semi-diurnal tides and the rate of occurrence of aftershocks in some volcanic regions, such as Mammoth Lakes. (UC Berkeley)
A mystery disease is striking California's huge flocks of pelicans, which are being found disoriented far from their usual habitat, and displaying extreme fatigue and bruising inside their beaks, reported Wednesday. Bird rescuers suspect that fatal algae toxins may be responsible for the scourge, but the birds do not display many of the symptoms associated with those toxins, which normally occur in the summer. Another suspect is run-off from the fire retardant that was used in huge amounts to battle wildfires along the coast last summer. The birds are usually seen flying in formation along the Pacific Coast or diving into the ocean to catch fish in their large beaks. But in recent weeks many have been found deep inland and far away from their usual routes. Adding to the consternation is that many of the dead pelicans are adults, while it is usually the younger birds that are the most frequent victims to disease. "We have ruled out starvation because there are plenty of fish in coastal waters right now," said Jay Holcomb, executive director of the northern California-based International Bird Rescue Research Centre. "We are seeking answers from all the experts we can find.")
Speaking of predictions, I think we should keep and eye on the region off the coast of NE Sth America, especially around lat 3 to 5 degrees Nth and 47 to 49 deg. W.
posted on 1/9/09 @ 06:35 PM single this post "quote"REPLY TO:
Picking up SoCal. If it's not San Bernadino aftershocks, then it's Coalinga over to San Simeon on the coast...
Originally posted by mountaindog
Here we go again...
A week after the fact, a 3.3 off the coast of northern California has popped up on the USGS map:
* Thursday, January 01, 2009 at 20:22:21 UTC
* Thursday, January 01, 2009 at 12:22:21 PM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 40.423°N, 125.966°W
Depth 4.9 km (3.0 miles) set by location program
Region OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Originally posted by kattraxx
Magnitude 3.6 - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
2009 January 11 01:05:59 UTC
Location 34.309°N, 116.915°W
Depth 5.9 km (3.7 miles)
Region SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances 7 km (4 miles) N (356°) from town of Big Bear Lake, CA
8 km (5 miles) NW (308°) from Big Bear City, CA