U.S. Earthquake rattles Cleveland area, overwhelms Eastlake’s emergency dispatch system John Bacon•Art’s Cameras Plus Picture of the Day for 5/30! Scroll back up to restore default view.A magnitude 4.0 earthquake centered 20 miles northeast of Cleveland rattled some buildings in the area and overwhelmed one small city’s emergency communications system.It was not immediately clear what if any damage was caused by the quake. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 10:50 a.m. and was centered a couple miles north-northwest of Eastlake, Ohio, a city of about 20,000 on Lake Erie.”Please do not call dispatch unless it’s an emergency,” Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley said in a Facebook post. „They are overwhelmed with calls. It was a 4.0 magnitude earthquake and safety forces are working to help where needed.”The Perry Nuclear Plant, about 20 miles northeast of the Eastlake, said the plant appeared to be unaffected by the temblor.
„Workers are conducting a comprehensive visual inspection to assure there is no change in the condition of plant equipment,” plant managers said in a statement.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. restored power to more than 20,000 customers in Northern California after the company shut it off over the weekend to guard against wildfires amid a heat wave that fueled a blaze still burning in a rural area, officials said Monday.
Power to all 20,500 affected customers in Butte and Yuba counties was restored by Sunday night, said Jeff Smith, a PG&E spokesman.
The utility also turned off electricity Saturday morning to 1,600 customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties amid windy, dry and hot weather. Power to those areas was restored later Saturday.
PG&E is under enormous pressure after downed power lines and other equipment have been blamed for previous devastating fires.
About 700 firefighters are battling a wildfire that erupted Saturday afternoon in Yolo County and spread quickly across brush-covered hills fueled by strong winds and hot temperatures.
The fire near the community of Guinda, which is about 78 miles (126 kilometers) north of San Francisco, remains at 3.4 square miles (7.8 square kilometers). It was 30% contained as of Monday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
An evacuation order issued for an unknown number of homes on a rural road remains in place. Officials have not determined what caused the blaze.
Meanwhile, firefighters in Southern California have mostly contained a fast-moving brush fire that erupted Sunday near Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash.
The blaze, which has burned about 100 acres, was 70% contained Monday, when the parks opened as scheduled. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
In Arizona, firefighters ramped up efforts to suppress a wildfire burning in the Coconino National Forest. The lightning-caused blaze was reported May 30 and has burned roughly 9.6 square miles (25 square kilometers). It is only 10% contained.
Smoke is impacting surrounding areas such as Blue Ridge and Payson. Officials said traffic along State Route 87 has been reduced to one lane and drivers should expect delays for the next two days.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze.
Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor announced the evacuation shortly after noon, citing concern for the safety of park visitors and employees. About a half-hour later, the park said on its Twitter account that fire officials asked guests to shelter in place due to nearby road closures.
Park visitors were asked to move to the back of the 260-acre (105-hectare) property, away from firefighting activity near the entrance, said Rachel Gallat, who was visiting a friend who works at the park.
„I was getting iced coffee and when I walked outside, ash was raining down on me,” Gallat said. „There was a big cloud of smoke. I saw people around me panicking; they didn’t know where they were supposed to go.”
A Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher told the Los Angeles Times the park voluntarily evacuated visitors.
„We did not tell them to do this,” Melanie Flores said.
Los Angeles County fire officials said nine people were taken to the hospital due to smoke exposure.
Shalane Gonzales, 34, said she saw people running out of the park in bathing suits.
„It was pretty scary. We saw trucks packing people,” Gonzales said. „They were just telling people to load up on their truck beds.”
She said when she tried to drive to the entrance to pick up her partner and their two young sons, police told her to return to the parking lot.
„The fire was feet away from where we were,” she said.
The park later announced it was closed for the day after police reopened the roads, allowing everyone to leave in their cars.
Magic Mountain is located north of Los Angeles and its twisting roller coasters are a familiar sight to motorists on Interstate 5.
Firefighters battled the 40-acre (16-hectare) blaze in hot, dry and windy conditions during the first day of a heat wave baking the region in nearly 100-degree (37.8-Celsius) heat.
The National Weather Service said temperatures reached 96 degrees (35.6 Celsius) at Magic Mountain, with humidity dipping to 10% and winds gusting to 25 mph (40 kph).
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Associated Press writers Daisy Nguyen in San Francisco and Michelle A. Monroe in Phoenix contributed to this report.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – There won’t be any Crosby weather this week at the U.S. Open.
Just brilliant sunshine, comfortable temperatures and moderate winds.
Wind, rain and cold long have plagued the annual PGA Tour stop here, including this past February, when inclement weather pushed the event, eventually won by Phil Mickelson, into a Monday finish.
There’ll be no such issues this week, beginning with a postcard, 80-degree afternoon on Monday for the official start of tournament week.
The near-record warmth will cool over the next few days, with a thicker, lower-level marine layer that could arrive as early as Tuesday or Wednesday.
As for the tournament rounds, the early forecast calls for highs between 63 and 65 degrees, with no more than a 20% chance of precipitation each day. Winds should remain between 8-15 mph, with the highest chance of stronger gusts on Saturday (14-21 mph).
‘An explosion like this’ echoes 9/11
A tense crash in Manhattan, a massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico and a growing crisis of homeless college students make up today’s Short List. Here’s what to know from Monday.
A helicopter hits a building in New York
A helicopter crashed into a New York City high-rise Monday, killing the pilot and halting traffic on nearby streets in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the city Fire Department said. The crash drew a major police and fire response to the 752-foot-tall skyscraper near Times Square. „There was a fire when the helicopter hit the roof,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, but no one in the building was injured.
Franklin Acosta heard what sounded like a small airplane passing by from his 38th-floor office, he told USA TODAY: “Then it stopped, and the building shook. I didn’t wait. I told my people to come down and get out of the building.” Jacqueline Fajardo, who was on the 42nd floor, said it evoked the Sept. 11 attacks. “When I hear an explosion like this, it makes me think of that day,” she said. „You don’t forget.”
- Preliminary info indicated an emergency landing on the building, Cuomo said, and It was unclear whether the pilot cleared his flight with LaGuardia Airport.
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was „no nexus to terror” and ” no ongoing threat to New York City.”
- The helicopter had no passengers aboard, de Blasio said.
Red Sox legend David Ortiz shot in the back
Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is in serious condition after he was shot in the „lower back/abdominal region” at a bar Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic. Ortiz underwent surgery at a hospital: He reportedly suffered liver damage and had “parts” of his intestines and gallbladder removed but was expected to survive. The Red Sox sent a plane down to the Dominican Republic Monday to take Ortiz to Boston for further treatment. The World Series champion received well-wishes from around the world. Leo Ortiz, David’s father, said outside the hospital that „Big Papi will be around for a long time.”
Health care for young undocumented migrants – it’s coming to California
California looked poised Monday to become the first state to provide health care coverage to young, low-income adults who are undocumented. That’s after legislative leaders gave a thumbs-up to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $98 million plan aimed at almost 100,000 low-income adults. How’s it going to be covered? The state will start taxing the uninsured. The deal, which will become effective in January, is part of a larger effort to ensure everyone in the state has access to health insurance. Lawmakers have until Saturday to approve the budget or face losing their pay.
- A mom stormed into school to confront her kid’s bullies. She was arrested.
- The Supreme Court remains mum on the constitutionality of gun silencers.
- No one is saying „Praise Be” after Kylie Jenner threw a „Handmaid’s Tale” party.
- Officials recovered four more bodies from Mount Everest.
- Prices for Rolls-Royce and other luxury car prices have plunged.
- A theme park employee helped calm a child with autism by lying on the floor.
- A symbolic blow: A tree planted by Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron died.
H2(n)o: Dead zone in Gulf of Mexico predicted to be near record in 2019
Scientists announced Monday that the annual dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, a region of depleted oxygen at the bottom of the sea, is predicted to become the second-largest on record this summer. The region, which is harmful to sea life, will be roughly the size of New Hampshire, according to researchers at Louisiana State University. The dead zones occur because of runoff nutrients deposited into the water primarily from a surplus of fertilizer used in the spring. Shrimp and fish are among the marine creatures threatened.
Homeless college students: A growing crisis
Between midterms and term papers, college students have a lot on their plate. Increasingly, students also have to worry about having a roof over their head. Homelessness affects 18% of two-year college students and 14% of four-year college students, according to a survey of nearly 86,000 college students by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice. The cause? A combination of factors, including rising tuition, inadequate financial aid packages and a lack of affordable housing. A growing number of lawmakers, colleges and organizations in states such as California, Massachusetts and Washington aim to address the often unimagined crisis.
College cheating scandal: Huffman gives in, Loughlin digs in
The star-studded college admissions bribery case enters a new phase in Boston this week as sentencing begins for the first of 20 parents, coaches and other defendants. Twenty-eight people who pleaded not guilty are digging in for trials that could drag on for months. „Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 for her daughter’s SAT scores to be corrected while „Full House” star Lori Loughlin pleaded not guilty to paying $500,000 for her daughters to be athletic recruits. Prosecutors recommended Huffman serve four months of a 20-year maximum prison sentence. Loughlin could face a more severe sentence, given the amount of money and the more serious charges.
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