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Southland, California Rattled By 4.7 Earthquake

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake -- centered under the Santa Ana mountain range -- shook southern California at 10:29 Sunday morning.

Geologists confirmed preliminary automated reports that the earthquake's epicenter was eight miles west-northwest of the Riverside County city of Lake Elsinore and about 50 miles southwest of the Los Angeles Civic Center.

©USGS

Attention

Powerful monsoon storms knock out power in Yuma

About 600 people remained without power Sunday morning following powerful monsoon thunderstorms that rolled through Yuma.



©The Republic
Lightning flashes above Maricopa, Ariz. Saturday night.


Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Strikes off Solomon Islands

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 struck beneath the Pacific Ocean off the Solomon Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said today on its Web site.

The earthquake hit 96 kilometers (60 miles) south of Lata, Santa Cruz Islands in the Solomon Islands at 12:05 p.m. local time, the Web site said. It occurred at a depth of 35 kilometers, it said.

©USGS

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Magnitude 6.3 - GULF OF CALIFORNIA

Magnitude 6.3
Date-Time

Saturday, September 01, 2007 at 19:14:22 UTC


Location 24.788°N, 109.727°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region GULF OF CALIFORNIA
Distances

* 90 km (56 miles) NE (40°) from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
* 133 km (83 miles) SW (215°) from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
* 137 km (85 miles) SSW (204°) from Ahome, Sinaloa, Mexico
* 1116 km (694 miles) SE (139°) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico


Cloud Lightning

Felix becomes hurricane in Caribbean

Hurricane Felix gathered strength Saturday and pounded Grenada with heavy rains and winds, snapping small boats loose from their moorings and toppling utility poles on its route toward the Caribbean island of Aruba.

The storm was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday evening, with sustained maximum winds near 75 mph. It was expected to strengthen even further as its outer bands started lashing the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao overnight. All three islands were under a hurricane watch.

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Virus threatens Mediterranean dolphins

Dozens of dead dolphins washing up along the Mediterranean coast have alerted environmentalists to a virus they fear will become an epidemic, El Mundo newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The region's striped dolphins, a protected species, are being infected with a virus which has not been identified and has so far killed several dozen animals along the coast and may spread, the report said, quoting environmental experts.

Cloud Lightning

California's Baking Temperatures Spur Heat Advisory, Power Use

California's central and southern regions are baking in a late summer season heat wave that's knocked out power in some areas and left others sweltering in temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit this week.

A hot-air mass is settling over California's Central Valley, while moisture surging north will increase humidity, the National Weather Service in Hanford, California, said in a heat advisory posted earlier today. The heat index, a measure of temperature and humidity that represents how hot it feels, will remain above 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) through tomorrow before cooler air moves into the region, the service said.

Cloud Lightning

Tropical Storm Felix forms in Caribbean

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Grenada. Felix also threatens Venezuela's northern coast.

At 4 a.m. CST, the center of Tropical Storm Felix was located about 30 miles northwest of Grenada.

©TSR

Bizarro Earth

Sinkhole slowly eating Florida home from inside out

The earth opened Wednesday night and gobbled up Rodrigo Coronado's bathroom.

On Thursday, it took his refrigerator.

It swallowed his furniture, clothing and 2-year-old son's toys. From time to time, it threatened to take more -- evident by the creaking walls.

Cloud Lightning

Drought catastrophe stalks Australia's food bowl

But years of drought, which some blame on global warming, have savagely depleted the huge dams built 60 years ago to hold the snow melt from the Australian alps and push it hundreds of kilometers inland to the parched west for farm irrigation.

The Murray-Darling normally provides 90 percent of Australia's irrigated crops and A$22 billion ($18.1 billion) worth of agricultural exports to Asia and the Middle East.

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Murray-Darling Basin.

But with some crops now just 10 days from failure, farmers are to receive no water at all for irrigation through the summer, while others will get a fraction of their regular entitlement to keep alive vital plantings like citrus trees and grapevines.