Salton Sea likely source of rotten egg smell in SoCal

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posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 06:15 PM
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The source of the rotten-egg smell wafting through the Inland Empire and the Los Angeles Basin is most likely the Salton Sea, said Chief Julie Hutchinson, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Hutchinson said the monsoonal moisture being pushed into the area from a storm in Mexico is delivering the pungent odor, which has been so strong that some homeowners have been worried they may have a leaky sewer pipe.

"I'm 99.9% sure it's the Salton Sea,'' Hutchinson said. "It's just a nasty, funky smell from the Salton Sea. … We've had it before.''

Officials with the Southern California Air Quality Management District said they've received hundreds of calls about the sulfur odor and have dispatched investigators to positively identify the source.

latimesblogs.latimes.com...

I'm not sure I believe what the MSM is selling here. Look at the area in question on this map.

www.dailynews.com...

That is a pretty large area. Some of these areas are actually upwind of the Salton Sea as well. I actually suspect this is more likely linked to the recent uptick in seismic activity in the So-Cal area.
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posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 06:28 PM
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I used to live in la Quinta next to the salton sea and the fish die offs smell nothing like a rotten egg. What people are smelling is sulfur that comes from deep in the earth and it's possible that the faults could be venting.

I think that the fact that officials are trying to blame the smell on dead fish is proof of a cover up. If they came out and said " ok what you are smelling is sulfur from heavy volcanic activity under California and be on the defense for a major earthquake" there would be widespread panic.

I have a bad feeling about this



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 06:30 PM
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Well thank God we got that cleared up!
I just thought San Diego farted.



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 06:32 PM
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Originally posted by Brujobrett13


I have a bad feeling about this


I do too, my father's side of the family lives in So-Cal. I've smelled both of the scents in question in my life. There is just no way you can confuse them. Rotting fish always retains the fishy odor. You just couldn't confuse it with eggs. I smell a BS campaign (sorry for the pun).



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 06:46 PM
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Well i am no expert but rotten eggs smell=sulpher
And as far as i know this is more volcanism orientainted than seismology
At the southern end of the Salton Sea Near Mullet Island are five small volcanos



Volcanoes? In the Imperial Valley? At the south end of the Salton Sea, southwest of Mullet Island, are five small volcanic domes. They are oriented along a northeast trend, or perpendicular to the trace of the San Andreas fault system. The domes rise 100 to 150 feet above the valley floor, and collectively are known as Obsidian Butte. They are extruded into the Quaternary alluvium and are thought to be fewer than 20,000 years old.

www.sci.sdsu.edu...
I think the Sulpher/Rotten Eggs smell is from here

Cran



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 06:47 PM
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I posted this in the Quake thread earlier. Very strange, Salton Sea is seeing some
action again as well at the tail-end of the San Andreas.

1.4 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 19:37:58 33.286°N 115.714°W 1.7
1.3 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 17:19:04 33.286°N 115.705°W 8.6
1.9 19km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 16:46:41 33.285°N 115.718°W 3.2
1.6 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 16:42:34 33.281°N 115.713°W 2.3
2.2 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 16:22:16 33.283°N 115.711°W 3.3
2.0 19km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 16:12:04 33.282°N 115.717°W 3.4
1.2 17km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 16:04:20 33.291°N 115.701°W 7.6
1.6 19km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 16:04:03 33.281°N 115.718°W 2.3
2.0 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 16:01:50 33.280°N 115.716°W 3.4
1.7 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:59:15 33.290°N 115.708°W 3.3
2.4 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:57:00 33.280°N 115.717°W 3.0
2.0 19km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:55:54 33.282°N 115.717°W 3.1
1.5 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:55:12 33.286°N 115.712°W 3.1
1.5 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:54:52 33.281°N 115.713°W 2.5
1.8 19km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:52:14 33.279°N 115.719°W 2.2
1.3 19km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:51:57 33.286°N 115.720°W 1.6
1.3 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:51:28 33.284°N 115.705°W 3.0
2.6 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:46:02 33.289°N 115.706°W 3.5
2.6 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:45:48 33.282°N 115.714°W 2.8
3.3 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:44:42 33.280°N 115.713°W 3.4
1.8 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:26:24 33.286°N 115.709°W 3.6
1.0 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:09:54 33.280°N 115.716°W 2.5
1.0 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:09:32 33.282°N 115.710°W 2.3
1.1 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 15:09:05 33.284°N 115.715°W 2.3
1.5 18km WNW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 14:52:59 33.282°N 115.714°W 2.7
1.6 5km WSW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 01:49:08 33.228°N 115.573°W 5.5
1.5 4km W of Niland, California 2012-09-10 00:38:04 33.235°N 115.572°W 5.3
1.1 4km WSW of Niland, California 2012-09-10 00:31:29 33.233°N 115.563°W 6.7
USGS
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posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 06:48 PM
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or maybe its california slowly sinking into hell for gathering the largest amounts of filth, shallowness, inhumanity and perversion the world as ever seen.



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 07:00 PM
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I assume a gas leak wouldn't be the culprit with that large of an area being affected, in my area that smell is usualy a key indication of a gas leak but I dont believe the smell carries that far. Just far enough to find the leak I suppose.

Someone light a match?... Lol




 
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posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 07:02 PM
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It could be from H2s. Here is a link explaining it. It could be from organic matter, or from volcanoes. Just saying that no one is wrong, we just don't know what it is from.



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 07:07 PM
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Originally posted by superman2012
It could be from H2s. Here is a link explaining it. It could be from organic matter, or from volcanoes. Just saying that no one is wrong, we just don't know what it is from.


I got way overexposed to H2S gas when I was in the Navy and if thats what it really is then those people need to gtfo. 10ppm constant exposure will cause long term health effects, 200ppm can kill people in a few minutes and 1000ppm will kill you before you take your first breath. PPM stands for Parts Per Million for the folks that didn't know.

I guess most of my reply is redundant I checked your link after i posted.
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posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 07:14 PM
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No problem, you explained it better than my posting a link anyways. Most people don't realize how deadly it is, and I'm sorry to hear of your overexposure to it, but glad that you are alive. You are very lucky!



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 07:15 PM
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Ugh, I smelled this earlier today. Read some comments on a few news articles about it possibly being a precursor to a violent earthquake if it's sulfuric acid. Pretty scary if true. It's always a good idea to have those earthquake kits ready when you live on the west coast.



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 07:40 PM
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Originally posted by superman2012
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No problem, you explained it better than my posting a link anyways. Most people don't realize how deadly it is, and I'm sorry to hear of your overexposure to it, but glad that you are alive. You are very lucky!


Thanks in case it's also known as sewer gas to most people and the reason indoor plumbing has p traps. en.wikipedia.org...(plumbing)



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 07:43 PM
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Originally posted by superman2012
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. You are very lucky!


I guess, I have neurological injuries and the va screws me over. I'm sure one of the reasons they do that is because it was due to sabotage aboard the ship, and they really don't want to admit to things like that.
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posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 07:50 PM
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Yep I smelled it here in Newhall all morning. I live very far away from the Salton Sea. It lingered for hours. I noticed Niland had many EQ's this morning too.

I thought at first if was a broken gas line as I live near the Tico and Berry Oil fields in Placerita Cyn. Soon after I heard it was the Salton sea letting off volcanic sulfer odor.

Yeah......not too happy about that, kind of scary if you ask me.



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 08:52 PM
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It is getting some local MSM coverage.

Local News Video

Apparently, the smell is being reported over a very extensive area. For those familiar with the area, from Simi Valley all the way to Palm Springs.



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 09:05 PM
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I just hate that the MSM isn't telling the truth about it. C'mon, dead fish smell nothing like sulfur.



posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 09:21 PM
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I have found some anecdotal accounts linking a strong smell to the lead up to the San Francisco quake of 1906


Also, according to Edgar Larkin (1906), who collected a great many accounts, the odour of hydrogen sulphide was noted in the area of Sausalito. He also reported that sulfurous odors were pungent in Napa County during the night of the 17th and 18th before the upheaval, and lasted all day. . . . From many of the letters it is clear that the entire region north and east of San Francisco is saturated with gases of sulfur origin. . . .

In Santa Rosa, according to Lawson and others (1908), a strong smell of sulphur had been noticed two days before the earthquake by one Charles Kobes. Since during an earthquake eight years previously, "sulfur fumes came up from under his house which almost drove his family from home", the recurrence of this phenomenon on 16 April 1906 caused Kobes to tell his family that there would be another earthquake.


Larkin, E.L. (1906). The great San Francisco earthquake. Open Court 20, 393-406.
trilogymedia.com.au...

It would be rather...ironic if an earthquake occurred tomorrow.
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posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 09:34 PM
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Here is another MSM article that pretty much dismisses the rotten fish theory:

Foul smell reported across Southern California


But Andrew Schlange, interim general manager of the Salton Sea Authority, told NBC4 that it is not yet clear whether the inland sea is the culprit.
"We are in the process of trying to track it down," Schlange said. It would be unusual, he said, for a fish die-off to cause odors so far from the Salton Sea.



I believe this will end up being seismic related...or possilby volcanic. Given the huge area involved and historical info, I'm going with a presursor to a large event
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posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 09:39 PM
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I think your right about the earthquake activity. I don't think it's the sea, that wouldn't smell like sulfur. Although if there was a quake under the sea it could account for it and actually be linked together.



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