Californians are aware of the frequency of seismic activity that the state is prone to. Anyone who has lived in California for an extended period has probably felt the earth rattle and roll beneath them. According to the United States Geological Survey, California is among the top 16 states at high risk for a damaging earthquake in the next half-century and it is the number two state for most frequent and highest magnitude quakes. The experience of an earthquake can be an unsettling one for some, and for others, it can be a favorable event on occasions of low magnitude. The Great California Shakeout 2019 is an event coordinated by the Earthquake Country Alliance, who according to … [Read more...] about Drop, Cover, and Hold On
CSUSB participated in the Great ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill, and evacuated hundreds of students and faculty within minutes. The annual drill was set for 10:19 a.m. on Oct. 19 and started exactly on time. Over the university's announcement system and via the emergency text line, students and staff were instructed to duck and cover. Minutes after the simulated quake, buildings were evacuated entirely. However, some buildings, like University Hall, had police officers go into the buildings to practice an emergency scenario and help facilitate the evacuation. Evacuees were led to open areas away from any structures where they awaited further … [Read more...] about Great ShakeOut!
By Josh Adamson |Staff Writer| The city of San Bernardino, which lies squarely along the San Andreas Fault, faced an increased risk of a major earthquake in early October. Future major quakes are still possible. Other nearby cities located on or near the fault include Palmdale and Desert Hot Springs. The alert came after seismologists recorded several small quakes that occurred around 100 miles east of San Diego, according to The Christian Science Monitor. “The recent swarm of earthquakes beneath the Salton Sea occurred close to the San Andreas fault, so the US Geological Survey issued an alert stating that this swarm could potentially be a foreshock to a magnitude seven or larger … [Read more...] about Waiting for the great shake
By Erika Aguilar |Staff Writer| Oct. 22 Homeless man killed while sleeping A crash in Ocean Beach, San Diego killed a 60 year-old homeless man while he was sleeping under a tree, on Saturday morning, according to Fox 5 news. The driver was going eastbound on I-8 but in a matter of seconds, lost control of the car and ended up crashing into a tree where the man was sleeping, according to police officers. After the accident, two people helped the driver out of the car and he was taken to UCSD Medical Center for his injuries. Oct.24 A man shot seeks help from 7-11 A man was shot in the arm early Monday morning, near Highland Avenue in San Bernardino and drove to 7-Eleven … [Read more...] about CC Briefs
By Shirleena Racine Baggett |Staff Writer| It is not if it happens, but when it happens. Scientists believe that there is a 99 percent probability that a major earthquake will rock California within the next three years, according to nasa.gov. And I believe that many Californians are not prepared at all. There are more than 39 million Californians, according to Census.gov. Family disaster plans were found implemented in only 40 percent of homes in the sunny state, and 20 percent of homes were inspected for earthquake resistance or structurally reinforced, according to nbclosangeles.com Southern California is also the home of the world famous San Andreas Fault that stretches … [Read more...] about Are you ready to rumble?
By Randall Higgins |Staff Writer| Nepal will slip into economic chaos as a result of the devastating earthquake that not only destroyed buildings and killed thousands of people, but devastated Nepal’s entire tourism industry. Tourism accounts for eight percent of the country’s economy, according to APR. IHS Global Insight estimates the cost of reconstruction at five billion dollars, and will take approximately five years. According to The Economic Times, rebuilding the economy will require time, foreign aid and money from its overseas workers. The tourism industry has been shattered and it is unknown when it will return. Thousands died when Nepal suffered a 7.8 earthquake at … [Read more...] about Earthquake devastates Nepal
By Danni Ybarra |Staff Writer| A new study estimates that over 200 earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas this year are due to fracking. A “big one” may be in store for the future, reported ABC News. Although there is a slim chance that a large earthquake will happen in the near future, the study, conducted by Geophysicist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), shows that the continuous fracking responsible for the increase in smaller earthquakes can eventually lead to a “big one” with devastating results, reported ABC News. “Fracking does cause earthquakes. Last year, Oklahoma overtook California as the state with most earthquakes, and the only reason is because of … [Read more...] about Fracking = earthquakes
By Kara Dement |Staff Writer| The CSUSB campus shook things up last Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 when they participated in the Great California Shakeout Drill. It was the fourth time CSUSB participated in the nationwide drill and it brought awareness to the fact that we need to take precautions about our surroundings and the possibilities of something drastic happening such as an earthquake. The drill was based on a scenario of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the southern section of the San Andres Fault, and because this is such a realistic threat, it is important to have these drills according to www.ShakeOut.org. “The drill’s main focus was not only to test the CSUSB emergency … [Read more...] about California Shakeout Drill at CSUSB