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small earthquake rattles california coast near santa barbara


santa barbara, calif. — a small earthquake has rattled parts of the southern california coast.the u.s. geological survey says the magnitude-3.6 quake hit just before 11 a.m. sunday about 3 miles east of santa barbara.a sheriff's dispatcher says there are no immediate reports of damage or injury.the geological survey's website had hundreds of reports of people feeling the shaking nearly 60 miles to the north in lompoc and as far south as los angeles county.






rising sea levels threaten southern california beaches


as the water level in the seas and oceans around the world continues to rise, there are many coastal areas that are at risk. a new study by researchers from the u.s. geological survey (usgs) showed that california is definitely one of those places, and that the golden state could find anywhere between a third and…






helicopter survey of lake michigan's sand to begin


chicago — geologists in illinois are launching a helicopter survey of sand in lake michigan in the chicago area.the chicago tribune (http://trib.in/2mmdomy ) reports that beginning as early as wednesday, a low-flying helicopter hauling what appears to be a giant, mechanical hula-hoop will be carrying a large electromagnetic array from kenosha to the illinois-indiana state line.the illinois state geological survey hopes to figure out where the lake's sand has gone. illinois department of natural resources' coastal management program director diane tecic says there's not enough sand in some areas and too much sand in other spots.equipment on the helicopter will diagram the landscape of the lake floor by using electromagnetic signals. researchers will be able to get a clearer picture of the l






popular pesticide found for first time in drinking water


pesticide found in drinking waterof the many pesticides that u.s. farmers have embraced in their war on bugs, neonicotinoids are among the most popular. one of them, called imidacloprid, is among the world's bestselling insecticides, boasting sales of over $1 billion a year. but with their widespread use comes a notorious reputation — that neonics, as they are nicknamed, are a bee killer.as the bee debate raged, scientists started to detect neonicotinoid pollutants. in 2015, the u.s. geological survey collected water samples from streams throughout the united states and discovered neonicotinoids in more than half of the samples. on wednesday, a team of chemists and engineers at the u.s. geological survey and university of iowa reported that they found neonicotinoids in treated drinking wat






earthquake poses anderson dam risk


russ graymer, a u.s. geological survey geologist, was quoted in the mercury news on dec.12, saying, “the hayward fault, also known as a tectonic time bomb, is connected to the restless calaveras fault that runs through santa clara county’s east foothills.  instead of having separate earthquakes on the faults, they could team up for twice as big as the loma prieta earthquake.”the calaveras fault is near anderson dam. engineers have determined that 68 percent capacity is the safe seismic limit for a 7.25 plus earthquake 1.2 miles or less from the dam.  per valleywater.org: “a breach of anderson dam at full capacity would inundate land more than 30 miles northwest to san francisco bay, and more than 40 miles southeast to monterey bay.”  as of feb. 27, the anderson reservoir is at 100 percent






the u.s. geological survey hails an early spring — and ties it to climate change


as the nation basks in some of the warmest february weather it's seen in decades, the u.s. geological survey has been quick to point out that the early spring conditions are just another symptom of climate change.on thursday, the usgs shared a new analysis just released by the usa-national phenology network, which the agency helps to fund, showing that an early spring has already swept through the southeast and is continuing to work its way across the country. as the agency points out, the new analysis reaffirms a fact scientists have known for at least a decade now -- that "climate change is variably advancing the onset of spring across the united states."the analysis relies on a special "spring index," which defines the start of spring as the point when temperatures allow for certain ear






3 million americans at risk from human-induced earthquakes this year


closeskip in skipxembedxshare according to a u.s. geological survey, three million americans are at risk from human-induced earthquakes in 2017. usa todayemployee talia pershall, 16, puts syrup back on a shelf while cleaning up at white's foodliner grocery store saturday, sept. 3, 2016 in pawnee, okla., following a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that hit just after 7 a.m., in north-central oklahoma.(photo: david bitton, ap) 6823 connect 19 linkedinemailmorethree million americans, primarily in oklahoma and kansas, are at risk from human-induced earthquakes this year, the u.s. geological survey said wednesday.that's the conclusion of a new report that cites wastewater disposal from fracking as triggering the quakes. the number of americans affected this year is less than last year, when the agenc






us: nuke site cleanup efforts paying off for idaho aquifer


boise, idaho (ap) — a giant aquifer below an eastern idaho federal nuclear facility is as free of radioactive contamination and other pollutants as it has been in more than six decades of monitoring but the water level of the aquifer is at its lowest ever recorded, according to a u.s. geological survey report released this week.better environmental practices and cleanup work at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) u.s. department of energy site that includes the idaho national laboratory is paying off, said united states geological survey scientist roy bartholomay.“overall the aquifer is better quality than it has been at the idaho national lab,” bartholomay said. “there are just some anomalies out there we want to keep an eye on.”the federal site built in high-desert sagebrush ste






oklahoma now on par with california earthquake activity


the earthquake damage risk in oklahoma and southern kansas is now on a par with california’s, the u.s. geological survey forecast released wednesday shows. the forecast noted 2016 saw 21 earthquakes of at least a 4 magnitude and three that were at least a 5 in oklahoma. earthquake activity is expected to be similar this year.…






moderately strong quake hits southeasterm turkey


ankara, turkey — a turkish government agency says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 has hit southeastern turkey.the government crisis management center says the earthquake was centered in the town of samat, in adiyaman province.the u.s. geological survey put the magnitude at 5.6 and said the quake was very shallow at around 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep.it was not immediately clear if there was any damage.






earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near angwin


a shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported monday morning eight miles from angwin, calif., according to the u.s. geological survey. the temblor occurred at 6:02 a.m. pst at a depth of 4.3 miles.according to the usgs, the epicenter was 17 miles from napa, 19 miles from sonoma and 20 miles from vacaville.in the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.this information comes from the usgs earthquake notification service and this post was created by an algorithm.read more about southern california earthquakes.






earthquake: 3.5 quake strikes near yucaipa


a shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported friday morning six miles from yucaipa, calif., according to the u.s. geological survey. the temblor occurred at 2:10 a.m. pst at a depth of 5.6 miles.according to the usgs, the epicenter was eight miles from redlands and 11 miles from lake arrowhead.in the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.this information comes from the usgs earthquake notification service and this post was created by an algorithm.read more about southern california earthquakes.






us army map symbols download


download download application describes topographic symbols used for interpretation of us military maps. symbols given in this application are in general agreement with those employed by the british army, the canadian army, the aeronautical chart and information service of the us air force, the hydrographic office of the us navy, the us coast and geodetic survey, the us forest service, the us geological servey and others. topographic symbols are arranged by categories, such as drainage features, relief, roads etc.






earthquake: magnitude 3.0 quake strikes near banning


a shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported urday morning eight miles from banning, according to the u.s. geological survey. the temblor occurred at 8:07 a.m. pacific time at a depth of 7.5 miles.according to the usgs, the epicenter was 12 miles from beaumont, 13 miles from yucaipa and 21 miles from palm springs.in the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.this information comes from the usgs earthquake notification service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.read more about southern california earthquakes.






earthquake: 3.5 quake strikes near rid ark, calif.


a shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported monday evening three miles from rid ark, calif., according to the u.s. geological survey. the temblor occurred at 9:35 p.m. pacific time at a depth of 5.6 miles.according to the usgs, the epicenter was six miles from hollister, calif., 16 miles from prunedale, calif., and 17 miles from salinas, calif.in the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.this information comes from the usgs earthquake notification service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.read more about southern california earthquakes.






earthquake: 3.3 quake strikes near the geysers, calif.


a shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported monday evening two miles from the geysers, calif., according to the u.s. geological survey. the temblor occurred at 11:39 p.m. at a depth of 0.6 miles.according to the usgs, the epicenter was 13 miles from clearlake,  13 miles from healdsburg,  17 miles from windsor and 71 miles from sacramento.in the past 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.this information comes from the usgs earthquake notification service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.read more about southern california earthquakes.






black women paid around 21 percent less than white men in tech: survey


the tech industry may lead all others in invention and innovation but is no less regressive when it comes to hiring practices that discriminate against women, says a survey by job website hired. the survey found that about 63 percent of women receive lower salary offers than men for the same job, in the same company.…






magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes panama's capital


panama city — an earthquake caused skyscrapers in panama's capital to sway monday and led to the evacuation of some buildings. there were no immediate reports of injuries.the u.s. geological survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 for the afternoon's quake.the shaking set off car alarms and local news media said the local subway system was halted.the quake at 2:35 p.m. (1935 gmt) was centered 6 miles (10 kilometers) deep about 51 miles (83 kilometers) south-southeast of panama city in the gulf of panama.






earthquake: 3.3 quake strikes near the geysers, calif.


a shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported monday evening two miles from the geysers, calif., according to the u.s. geological survey. the temblor occurred at 11:39 p.m. pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles. according to the usgs, the epicenter was 13 miles from clearlake, calif., 13 miles from healdsburg, calif., 17 miles from windsor, calif. and 71 miles from sacramento, calif. in the past 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. this information comes from the usgs earthquake notification service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.read more about southern california earthquakes.






6.5 magnitude earthquake shakes southern philippines


manila, philippines — a strong earthquake of 6.5 magnitude shook the southern philippines late friday, but no major damage was immediately reported.the u.s. geological survey said the quake was centered about 10 kilometers (6 miles) north-northeast of mabua in mindanao. it was about 28 kilometers (17 miles) deep.the pacific tsunami warning center said no ocean tsunami was expected.the philippines lies on the "ring of fire," the line of seismic faults surrounding the pacific ocean where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.






district receives parent survey results


even though cupertino union school district is releasing its superintendent from her contract in june, results from a recent survey say the majority of parents are “somewhat or completely satisfied” with the district.the survey results were shared with the school board during a meeting on march 14. the annual survey, conducted by hanover research, is designed with parent involvement, according to superintendent wendy gudalewicz .the survey was taken by almost 5,000 parents in the district, representing about a third of total district families. the district says results show that 68 percent of parents who took the survey are either “somewhat or completely satisfied” with the district, and 16 percent are “neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.” sixteen percent of participants reported that they






a section of the san andreas fault close to l.a. could be overdue for a major ea


southern california could be overdue for a major earthquake along the grapevine north of los angeles, according to a sobering new study by the u.s. geological survey.the research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years. the last major temblor occurred 160 years ago, a catastrophic geological event that ruptured an astonishing 185 miles of the san andreas fault.the land on either side of the fault has been pushing against the other at a rate of more than 1 inch a year since 1857, the researchers said, accumulating energy that will be suddenly released in a major earthquake, when the land along the fault would move by many feet.“so you expect that amount of accumulation of energy will be released in the future in a large-magnitude rupture, somewhere along the san andreas,”






stream of quakes rattles chilean coast


santiago, chile — more than a dozen moderate earthquakes have rattled the chilean coast within just over two hours, the most powerful of them registered at magnitude 5.9.the continued rattling prompted some cities to suspend classes and give workers the afternoon off. there are no reports of damage or injury.the u.s. geological survey says the strongest hit at 12:30 p.m. (1530 gmt). that magnitude 5.9 shake was centered about 26 miles (41.5 kilometers) southwest of valparaiso and about 65 miles (110 kilometers) west of the capital, santiago.it was followed within about two hours by 15 other quakes of magnitude 3.8 to 5.7, centered in the same region.a magnitude 6.9 quake shook the same general region on monday.






5.5 quake hits southern caribbean, no damage reported


willemstad, curacao — a 5.5-magnitude earthquake has shaken the southern caribbean off the coast of venezuela but caused no reported damage.the u.s. geological survey said the earthquake hit friday morning just before 10 a.m. local time about 40 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of aruba. it occurred at a depth of a little more than 6 miles (10 kilometers) offshore from the city of la vela de coro.the quake was felt as far away as the venezuelan capital of caracas, as well in aruba, curacao and other nearby islands. it followed a smaller earthquake that occurred in the same region before dawn on friday.






marijuana has truly gone mainstream, survey finds – the denver post


by christopher ingraham, (c) 2017, the washington postmany marijuana users hide their stash in their closets. most people who use marijuana are parents. there are almost as many marijuana users as there are cigarette smokers in the u.s.those facts and many more are among the conclusions of new survey from yahoo news and marist university, which illustrates how pot has become a part of everyday life for millions of americans.—1. nearly 55 million adults currently use marijuanamore than half of american adults have tried marijuana at least once in their lives, according to the survey. nearly 55 million of them, or 22 percent, currently use it – the survey defines “current use” as having used marijuana at least once or twice in the past year. close to 35 million are what the survey calls “reg






midwest economic survey suggests more improvement in january


omaha, neb. — results from a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest economic conditions continue to improve in nine midwest and plains states.the mid-america business conditions index report released wednesday says the overall economic index for the region rose to 54.7 in january from 53.1 in december. it's the highest figure since february 2015 and the third monthly increase in a row.creighton university economist ernie goss oversees the survey, and he says the increases point to an improving regional manufacturing economy.the survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor. a score below that suggests decline.the survey covers arkansas, iowa, kansas, minnesota, missouri,






midwest survey suggests manufacturing boosting economy


omaha, neb. — results from a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest manufacturing is boosting economic conditions in nine midwest and plains states.the mid-america business conditions index report released wednesday says the overall economic index for the region rose to 60.5 in february from 54.7 in january. it's the highest figure since april 2014 and the fourth monthly increase in a row.creighton university economist ernie goss oversees the survey, and he says the increases point to the improving regional manufacturing economy.the survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor. a score below that suggests decline.the survey covers arkansas, iowa, kansas, minnesota, miss






l.a. overdue for major earthquake that would 'impact our ability to be a world-c


southern california could be overdue for a major earthquake along the grapevine north of los angeles, according to a sobering new study by the u.s. geological survey.the research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years. the last major temblor occurred 160 years ago, a catastrophic geological event that ruptured an astonishing 185 miles of the san andreas fault. the land on either side of the fault has been pushing against the other at a rate of more than 1 inch a year since 1857, the researchers said, accumulating energy that will be suddenly released in a major earthquake, when the land along the fault would move by many feet.“so you expect that amount of accumulation of energy will be released in the future in a large-magnitude rupture, somewhere along the san andreas,”






6.0 earthquake strikes northern peru, felt throughout region


lima, peru — a 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck an amazonian region of northern peru. there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, though the quake could be felt strongly as far away as colombia and ecuador.the u.s. geological survey reports the tremor occurred early tuesday afternoon in a sparsely populated area 263 kilometers (163 miles) northeast of the peruvian city of iquitos.in ecuador's capital city of quito people fled buildings and congregated in plazas after feeling the quake.the earthquake comes days after ecuador commemorated the first anniversary of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left nearly 700 dead.






illinois geologists to launch helicopter survey of sand in lake michigan


if you see a low-flying helicopter hauling what appears to be a giant, mechanical hula-hoop near lake michigan's shoreline this week, there's no need to panic. it's only illinois' latest science project.starting as soon as wednesday, a helicopter will be carrying a large electromagnetic array from kenosha to the illinois-indiana state line as the illinois state geological survey hopes to shed light on a question that's plagued chicago-area beachgoers for decades: where has all the sand gone?"in some areas, there's not enough sand and, in other places, there's too much," said diane tecic, program director of the illinois department of natural resources' coastal management program. "what we realized is we don't have all the information that we need to make decisions and find actual solutions






survey reveals pothole problem - bbc news


28 march 2017 last updated at 08:52 bst roads in england and wales are in need of billions of pounds' worth of repairs, a survey warns.potholes 'the talk of the canteen'






as sea levels rise, vital salt marshes are disappearing


wells, maine — scientists working on an assessment of salt marshes along the u.s. coast say half of those they studied will be gone in 350 years if lost ground isn't regained.salt marshes provide vital habitat for animals and are important for their role in coastal protection. but the ecosystems along the coasts are falling victim to pressures such as sea-level rise and changing land uses, and are flooded frequently by seawater.the u.s. geological survey set about to determine the danger erosion poses to eight salt marshes on the two coasts. the agency says it was surprised to find all eight of the marshes losing ground, some severely.the study involved marshes in california, maine, maryland and new jersey.






weed has definitely gone mainstream. here are 11 stats that prove it


many marijuana users hide their stash in their closets. most people who use marijuana are parents. there are almost as many marijuana users as there are cigarette smokers in the u.s.those facts and many more are among the conclusions of new survey from yahoo news and marist university, which illustrates how pot has become a part of everyday life for millions of americans. 1. nearly 55 million adults currently use marijuanamore than half of american adults have tried marijuana at least once in their lives, according to the survey. nearly 55 million of them, or 22 percent, currently use it – the survey defines “current use” as having used marijuana at least once or twice in the past year. close to 35 million are what the survey calls “regular users,” or people who use marijuana at least once






magnitude 4.0 quake, 3 smaller temblors rattle oklahoma


stroud, okla. — the u.s. geological survey reports a magnitude 4.0 earthquake and three smaller temblors have struck oklahoma.the 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded wednesday near stroud, about 60 miles northeast of oklahoma city. the three smaller quakes were a magnitude 2.7 temblor near fairview and magnitude 2.5 quakes near mooreland and near pawnee.no injuries or damage are reported and geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in oklahoma in recent years, and many have been linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas operations.regulators have directed oil and natural gas producers to close some disposal wells or reduce the volume of fluids they inject.






earthquake rocks indonesia’s tourist bali island


jakarta, indonesia (ap) — an earthquake has hit indonesia’s resort island of bali, causing some panic among resident, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.the united states geological survey says the magnitude 5.5 earthquake that struck at 7:10 a.m. wednesday (23:10 gmt tuesday) was centered 2 kilometers (1,4 miles) northeast of banjar pasekan, a town on the southeastern part bali, at a depth of 118 kilometers (74 miles).witnesses said many residents and tourists ran out of their homes and hotels toward higher ground, but the situation returned to normal after they received text messages saying the quake had no potential to trigger a tsunami.indonesia is prone to the seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called pacific ring of fire.most read storiesunlimited






agency reports earthquake felt across hawaiian islands


honolulu — minor shaking was felt across hawaii's island chain friday morning after a moderate earthquake struck between the big island and maui, but no damage was reported.the u.s. geological survey says a magnitude-4.7 temblor was recorded at about 26 miles deep and centered about 15 miles off the northwest coast of the big island. more than 1,300 people logged onto a website to report they felt the earthquake.the usgs says the depth, location, and seismic waves suggest the earthquake was due to bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the hawaiian islands.the quake didn't generate a tsunami, and officials say aftershocks could be possible.the quake caused no change in activity at any of hawaii's active volcanoes.






southwestern pakistan rattled by magnitude 6.4 earthquake


quetta, pakistan — a pakistani official says a strong, magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck the country's remote southwest and that there are reports of damages to houses but no casualties.nasir mahmood of pakistan's meteorological department says the epicenter of the quake was west of the coastal town of pasni in baluchistan province, which borders afghanistan and iran. the town lies about 700 kilometers (437 miles) south of quetta, the provincial capital.the official says wednesday's quake had a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). the u.s. geological survey described the temblor as a magnitude 6.3 quake.regional commissioner tufail baluch says disaster mana ent departments have been put on high alert in case of any aftershocks.






park service: 61 million visited dc-area parks in 2016


washington (ap) — the national park service says 61 million people visited its monuments, memorials and other sites in the washington area last year. that’s an increase of nearly 5 million over 2015.the park service said tuesday that those visitors spent $1.2 billion while visiting parks in the u.s. capital, maryland and virginia. it says that spending supported more than 18,000 jobs and contributed $1.75 billion to the regional economy. in 2015, there were 56 million visitors and the economic impact was $1.59 billion.the report on visitor spending was prepared by economists from the park service and the u.s. geological survey. visitors spent the most money on lodging, followed by food and beverages.






this flowchart helps you decide if that impulse purchase is a good idea


in the moment, you can justify pretty much any purchase decision. maybe you do need a third coffee maker and more flannel shirts—they’re 40% off! but wait, do you really? this flowchart helps you figure out if your desire to buy is actually out of necessity or just an impulse.a bit of planning can save you a ton of money when it comes to buying throughout the year. here’s… read more read morewe’re not really good at stepping back and asking ourselves the hard questions that need to be asked, such as “do you already own one of these?” or “do you really need it now?” and so we might end up wasting money on things we don’t truly need or want. no worries, we can get better at resisting impulse buys with practice, and the series of questions in this flowchart is a starting point. i’ll be the fi