World Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes near Ndoi Island, Fiji
San Francisco Chronicle Fri, Feb 24 2:17 AM PST The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck near Ndoi Island, Fiji on Friday. The quake hit at 5:28 AM local time at a depth of 396 kilometers. There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. More information on this earthquake is available on the USGS event page. See the latest USGS quake alerts, report feeling earthquake activity and tour interactive fault maps in the earthquake section. …The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck near Ndoi Island, Fiji on Friday.The quake hit at 5:28 AM local time at a depth of 396 kilometers.There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. More information on this earthquake is available on the USGS event page.See the latest USGS quake alerts, report feeling earthquake activity and tour interactive fault maps in the earthquake section.
MercuryNews.com 17 hours ago SAN JOSE — City officials Friday confirmed no structural failure caused the sudden catastrophic flooding along Coyote Creek that forced thousands to flee their homes, raising further questions about why residents had no warning before rescuers evacuated them by boat. “There was no structure failure,” said David Vossbrink, a spokesman for the city. ”We know the models are never a direct match of reality, but the real factor is, Anderson Reservoir has never spilled at this rate in its history. The question is, how did the model deal with that rate of flow?” var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push([’embed’]); It was unclear whether vegetation or debris in the swollen waterway caused it to spill its …City officials also confirmed no structural failure caused the sudden catastrophic flooding along Coyote Creek that forced thousands to flee their homes, raising further questions about why residents had no warning before rescuers evacuated them by boat.Officials from the city and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which oversees flood control, have indicated there was miscommunication about the extent of the threat. The water district says it alerted the city overnight that waters were rising fast, but city officials said the district continued to indicate water flows were within the creek’s carrying capacity.Mayor Sam Liccardo said Friday he will ask the City Council next week to schedule a public discussion about the city’s response to the flooding to provide a “full accounting” of what happened.Related Articles
“The bureaucratic finger pointing stops today,” Liccardo said. “Regardless of what other agencies did, or didn’t do, these events happened in my city and I take responsibility for them.”David Sykes, director of the city’s Emergency Operations Center, said the number of homes under evacuation order fell from 1,100 Thursday to 765 Friday, and the number of displaced residents from 4,000 to 3,000. Tuesday’s flooding left 14,000 under mandatory evacuation orders.“We’re making a lot of progress,” Sykes told reporters Friday afternoon. “If we encounter homes that are completely un-occupiable we’ll have to figure out what the plan is. At this point we haven’t encountered that scenario.”The city is opening a new “local assistance center” for flood victims Saturday at the Shirakawa Community Center. It will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through next week, and will provide information about tenant assistance and help with various social services and public agencies. He added that “this is a safe place for affected residents regardless of immigration status.”An overnight shelter at James Lick High School’s gymnasium where 133 displaced residents have been sleeping on cots will remain open through Sunday. The city plans to find a replacement after that because school resumes at the campus on Monday, Sykes said.“Our plan right now is to maintain shelter operations until everyone can get back into their homes,” Sykes said.The city is providing commercial trash bins in all three of the areas that flooded Tuesday to collect furniture and other property ruined by the contaminated floodwaters, Sykes said, including the mobile home parks, William Street and Rock Springs areas.Owners of flood-damaged vehicles that have been towed away won’t be charged and can contact the police department’s “auto desk” at (408) 277-4263, Sykes said.While a sprinkling of rain is expected Sunday, followed by a week of clear skies, Sykes said it does not appear there is further near-term flooding danger.“I would say the risk is extremely low,” Sykes said, “but our emergency operations center will be open all weekend.”Reading this on your phone? Stay up to date with news alerts from our free mobile app. Get it from the Apple app store or the Google Play store.City officials are asking for monetary donations to help flooding victims. By Friday afternoon, a relief fund set up by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation had reached $519,000. The money will be donated to nonprofits that provide food, clothing and shelter to victims.Tuesday’s flooding caught city officials and residents by surprise, something Liccardo has called a “failure.”Rachael Gibson, the water district’s emergency operations center spokeswoman, indicated to the city that flooding along Rock Springs Drive wouldn’t happen until water flows hit 7,400 cubic feet per second.Mayoral staffer Alex Wilson conveyed that to Liccardo in a 10:40 a.m. email Tuesday, but Liccardo wrote from his iPhone at 1:42 p.m.: “Alex, Rock Spring started flooding three hours ago. They’re all wrong.”Like our Facebook page for more conversation and news coverage from San Jose, the Bay Area and beyond.Yet Gibson on Friday noted that district spokesman Jim McCann emailed San Jose officials at 2:47 a.m. Tuesday alerting them that a Coyote Creek gauge showed water already flowing at 6,000 cubic feet per second and that it could reach Rock Springs about 6 a.m.Cheryl Wessling of the city’s Office of Emergency Operations emailed McCann back that she and others were going to get “a few hours sleep” and would check back at 5 a.m. whether to “further update outreach.” Sykes said Friday the emergency center remained staffed all night.For Janet Childs, a crisis counselor who lives in the South Bay Mobile Home Park, this is the second time she’s been flooded out. She was staying with friends after fleeing Tuesday with her two cats, Remy and Mystic, as floodwaters rose to the doors of her Subaru.Childs said she was flooded out in 1983 as well, and is familiar with the range of emotions flood victims go through.“You think it couldn’t possibly happen,” Childs said, adding she was heartened by the support from rescuers as well as the community. “What’s the meaning we can take from this? Even in midst of trauma, we rise together.”Staff writers Paul Rogers and Julia Prodis Sulek contributed to this report.Ramona GiwargisRamona Giwargis is the San Jose City Hall reporter at The Mercury News. After stints in Eureka, Salinas and Merced, Giwargis returned to San Jose to cover local government and politics for her hometown newspaper. Giwargis won numerous awards for investigative journalism and is a graduate of San Jose State University.
The Latest: Most California flood victims allowed home Associated Press Thu, Feb 23 9:45 AM PST Raw: Flooded San Jose Creek Forces EvacuationsScroll back up to restore default view.SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the storms in California (all times local):8:55 a.m.San Jose city officials say more than 10,000 of the 14,000 residents evacuated two days ago because of floods are being allowed to go home.About 3,800 people remain under the mandatory evacuation order prompted by a creek that overflowed following heavy rains and inundated neighborhoods with waist high water.City spokesman David Vossbrink says the city is now focused on cleanup efforts and getting people back into their homes.Residents returned home Thursday to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after the creek water carrying engine fuel and sewage swamped their homes._7:05 a.m.California authorities are expected to head to flooded ranches in San Jose to rescue 28 horses that have been standing in water for two days.KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/2l3wvfi ) the horses have been trapped since Tuesday, when flooding prompted the evacuation of 14,000 San Jose residents.Police and animal control crews have been waiting for flood waters to recede before going in to get the horses.Some horse owners asked for animal control officers to airlift the horses out with helicopters. But officials said that would have required sedating the horses. Doing so could have posed a health risk to the horses because they are probably suffering from hypothermia.Employees at the San Jose Animal Shelter say the number of dogs they are receiving daily has doubled to 40 since the evacuation._6:20 a.m.California officials have closed two evacuation centers set up for residents of San Jose forced to leave their homes two days ago because of floods.The centers were places where evacuated people could get food and water and rest. Two overnight shelters remain open and people there were trying to find out if they would be allowed to go home.Officials say 14,000 were evacuated. No details were immediately provided by authorities on how many people would be allowed to return home Thursday.Water levels were receding from the Coyote Creek that overflowed and flooded parts of the city.The National Weather Service forecasts a storm forming for Saturday in the late afternoon or early evening that could affect the area again._1:35 a.m.Some residents returned home to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after being abruptly evacuated when a surging creek carrying engine fuel and sewage water inundated thousands of homes in San Jose.With water levels from Coyote Creek receding late Wednesday, officials said some of the 14,000 evacuated residents would be allowed to return home, although an evacuation order remained for parts of the city. Authorities warned residents to be careful about hygiene and handling food that may have come into contact with flood water.Residents in knee-high rubber boots waddled through inundated streets to get to their homes, passing by cars submerged in muddy water._This story corrects the last name of the San Jose city spokesman to Vossbrink, not Vossbrook.
GrindTV.com 18 hours ago The remains of a hairy, white sea creature that washed ashore Wednesday afternoon on a beach on Dinagat Island in the Philippines created a buzz among the locals of Barangay Poblacion and on social media. Most speculated it was a sea cow. Some said it resembled an Old English sheepdog. The creepy beast measured 20 feet long and, as it sat on the shoreline, became the subject of many selfies, photographs and videos. Sky News reported that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources at first believed it could be the remains of a sea cow. But after testing samples it was determined to be the carcass of a whale in an advanced stage of decomposition, according to the Sun Star. The type of whale …The remains of a hairy, white sea creature that washed ashore Wednesday afternoon on a beach on Dinagat Island in the Philippines created a buzz among the locals of Barangay Poblacion and on social media.Most speculated it was a sea cow. Some said it resembled an Old English sheepdog. The creepy beast measured 20 feet long and, as it sat on the shoreline, became the subject of many selfies, photographs and videos.Sky News reported that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources at first believed it could be the remains of a sea cow. But after testing samples it was determined to be the carcass of a whale in an advanced stage of decomposition, according to the Sun Star. The type of whale was still being determined.
Specimen samples were also sent to the laboratory of BFAR-Manila to determine the cause of death. One thought was that it might have been hit by a ship.RELATED: Russian fishermen surprised by huge sea creature in fishing net; videoWhatever the cause, it was a disturbing sight for some who saw the carcass as a bad omen.From the Inquirer.net of the Philippines:Many Facebook users said they are worried that the dead animal could be a harbinger of earthquakes.Following the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit Surigao City, photos of dead oarfish have widely circulated on Facebook, with many indicating that the mass deaths may have indicated a coming tremor.[Sufenia] Chua [of the Cagianao Municipal Agriculture Office] said they were still investigating the animal’s cause of death and that residents may have panicked over the carcass because they do not recognize it.
Health Boy miraculously survives spider bite thanks to quick-thinking dad New York Post 16 hours ago A 10-year-old Australian boy has survived a bite from one of the world’s deadliest spiders after taking a record 12 vials of anti-venom, local media reported.Matthew Mitchell was helping his dad clear out the back shed at their home north of Sydney when he was bitten on the finger by a funnel-web spider that had been lurking in his shoe.“It sort of clawed onto me and all the legs and everything crawled around my finger and I couldn’t get it off,” he told the Australian Daily Telegraph.His family used his shirt as a compression bandage to try to slow the venom’s spread and rushed him to a hospital.He experienced convulsions but survived after being given 12 vials of anti-venom, which local media said was an Australian record.The funnel-web spider is among the world’s deadliest spiders. Its venom attacks the nervous system, causing foaming at the mouth, muscle spasms and potentially death.The spider was caught and taken to the Australian Reptile Park, where it will be milked as part of their program to develop anti-venom.The 10-year-old was “as lucky as they get,” Australian Reptile Park general manager Tim Faulkner told The Telegraph.Australia is home to a startling number of the world’s deadliest creatures, including snakes, spiders, jellyfish and octopuses.The funnel-web is particularly feared, but no deaths have been recorded since the anti-venom was developed in the 1980s.In December, a 5-year-old girl was rushed to a hospital with a swollen leg after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a spider bite.Lola Hutton came home from school complaining of an itchy leg and within hours she had developed an agonizing lump “about half the size of a Ferrero Rocher,” a round chocolate treat a little smaller than a ping-pong ball.