Sunday, February 9, 2014

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Multi-Car Crash On Southern California Highway - 6 Dead, Others Injured!

February 09, 2014 - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - A wrong-way driver on a Southern California freeway was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after causing a pre-dawn crash with multiple vehicles Sunday that left six people dead, a highway patrol officer told the Los Angeles Times.

Officials investigate the scene of a multiple vehicle accident where 6 people were killed on the westbound Pomona Freeway in Diamond Bar, Calif. on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2013. Authorities say a wrong-way driver caused the pre-dawn crash that left six people dead. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune,Watchara Phomicinda)

Police arrested the 21-year-old female driver on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony manslaughter in connection with the 4:40 a.m. accident on the westbound Pomona freeway, or State Route 60, in Diamond Bar, said Rodrigo Jimenez, a California Highway Patrol spokesman on the scene, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times, (

The female driver was in serious condition at a Los Angeles County hospital with a broken femur and a ruptured bladder, Jimenez said.

Authorities were seeking blood tests.

Investigators "believe from what they found in the vehicle that alcohol was involved," Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Fred Corral told the newspaper.

Jimenez said the woman was traveling east in a red Chevy Camaro when it collided head-on with a red Ford Explorer. The sequence of events involving the other vehicles was not immediately clear. At least two people were ejected from their vehicles.

Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, and two people died at an area hospital, authorities said. The freeway lanes in both directions were closed for hours Sunday.

Jimenez told the newspaper as he stood near the crumpled vehicles that it was "a horrific collision."

"This tragedy is 100 percent preventable," he said. - The Modesto Bee.

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GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: Precursors To A Global Financial Collapse - 5th Financial Services Executive Found Dead; "From Self-Inflicted Nail-Gun Wounds"?!

February 09, 2014 - GLOBAL ECONOMY - The ugly rash of financial services executive suicides appears to have spread once again. Following the jumping deaths of 2 London bankers,  a managing director in Bangkok, and a former-Fed economist in the US, The Denver Post reports Richard Talley, founder and CEO of American Title, was found dead in his home from self-inflicted wounds - from a nail-gun. Talley's company was under investigation from insurance regulators:

The founder and CEO of American Title Services in Centennial was found dead in his home this week, the result of self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun, according to the Arapahoe County coroner.

Richard Talley, 57, and the company he founded in 2001 were under investigation by state insurance regulators at the time of his death late Tuesday, an agency spokesman confirmed Thursday.

It was unclear how long the investigation had been ongoing or its primary focus.

A coroner's spokeswoman Thursday said Talley was found in his garage by a family member who called authorities. They said Talley died from seven or eight self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head.

Also unclear is whether Talley's suicide was related to the investigation by the Colorado Division of Insurance, which regulates title companies.

The division is a part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies.

DORA spokesman Vince Plymell confirmed that the investigation was focused on Talley and the company but would not provide additional details.

Before coming to Colorado, Talley was a former regional financial officer at Drexel Burnham Lambert in Chicago, where he met his wife, Cheryl, a vice president at the company. The two married in 1989.

Talley had formed a number of companies, some now defunct, according to the Colorado secretary of state's office. Among them: American Escrow, Clear Title, Clear Creek Financial Holdings, Swift Basin, Sumar, American Real Estate Services, and the American Alliance of Real Estate Professionals.

In addition to its headquarters in the Peakview Tower near Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in the Denver Tech Center, American Title has offices in Pueblo, Brighton, Boulder, Westminster, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Fort Collins, according to its website.

Talley's 1989 wedding announcement in the Chicago Tribune noted he was a graduate of the University of Miami and had a graduate degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

It also said he was "a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic swimming team." A spokeswoman for USA Swimming on Thursday said Talley was not on the team.

A funeral mass is to be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial. - Denver Post.

ICE AGE NOW: Big Freeze Refuses To Let Up - About 78,000 Still Without Power After Pennsylvania Ice Storm!

February 09, 2014 - PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES - Utility crews restored power to thousands of Pennsylvania homes Saturday and early Sunday, yet some customers in the dark for days after a tree-snapping ice storm may not regain power until early next week.

Frozen: About 78,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland are still without power, and faced
the prospect of yet another day without electric heat or light.

About 78,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remained without power early Sunday, and faced the prospect of yet another day without electric heat or light.

The majority of them are in the Philadelphia area, with utility PECO reporting about 77,500 outages, as of 1 a.m., down from about 155,000 earlier Saturday.

The latest outages include nearly 39,000 customers in hard-hit Chester County, or more than one in five customers.

Snowed in: More than 1 million customers lost power at the ice storm's peak

Wrecked: Most outages are in the Philadelphia area, with utility PECO reporting about 77,500 outages

Montgomery County had about 19,000 customers without electricity, while Bucks County had less than 16,000.

PECO spokesman Greg Smore says weakened trees and limbs continue to fall, creating new obstacles.

The company expects to restore power to everyone by Monday.

Maryland officials reported 500 outages.

More than 1 million customers lost power at the storm's peak. - Daily Mail.

FUK-U-SHIMA: Radiation Everywhere - Scientists Confirm Fukushima Radiation In California Kelp - 70 U.S. Sailors On USS Ronald Reagan Stricken With Brain Tumors, Thyroid Cancer And Leukemia As Mass Animal Die-Off Continues!

February 09, 2014 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - Scientists analyzing kelp off the coast of San Diego confirmed the presence of cesium this week, a radioactive isotope directly linked to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Part of the ongoing “Kelp Watch 2014″ project, government and academic institutions have begun receiving results from samples of Bull Kelp and Giant Kelp collected along the California coast. Despite attempts by the media to downplay the ongoing disaster, the discovery has only confirmed the continued build up of radiation in West Coast waters.

“We’re trying to figure out how much is there and how much is getting into the ecosystem,” said Dr. Matthew Edwards, a professor from San Diego State University. “Things are linked a little more closely than sometimes we’d like to think. Just because it is on the other side of the world doesn’t mean that it doesn’t effect us.”

The discovery coincides with statements made by researchers at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems in Spain, who predicted the early 2014 arrival of Fukushima radiation along the North American West Coast.

Although scientists claim the levels of cesium are safe, the public’s distrust has only grown given the government’s continued denial of other issues related to radiation.

Currently, more than 70 U.S. sailors involved in the USS Ronald Reagan’s 2011 Fukushima rescue efforts have been stricken with ailments such as brain tumors, thyroid cancer and leukemia. Despite the clear connection to Fukushima, the federal government has continued to deny any link.

Following the recent discovery of radiation levels over 1,400% above normal on a California beach, thought to be from naturally occurring thorium in the sand, government officials rushed to call the levels completely safe. Independent experts quickly refuted the claim, even warning that children playing in the sand were at risk.

Given radiation’s ability to bio-accumulate in sea life, many fear that the massive animal die-off along the west coast is related to the continued consumption of radioactive isotopes. Sea stars and sardines have been especially effected, with other strange anomalies such as the discovery of “never before seen” conjoined gray whale calves off the coast of Northern Mexico, sparking increased worry as well.

While the government attempts to reassure the public that there is absolutely no risk whatsoever, tens of millions of doses of Potassium Iodide have been quietly purchased by the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Pentagon.

With experts predicting a 40 plus year cleanup at Fukushima, the likelihood of increased cesium in the Pacific Ocean seems inevitable. - Info Wars.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Increased Lava Flow From The New Southeast Crater Of Italy's Mount Etna Volcano!

February 09, 2014 - SICILY, ITALY - Activity from the New SE crater continues essentially unchanged.

Weak strombolian activity and the lava flow from Etna's New SE crater last evening

Weak strombolian activity occurs at the summit vent, sometimes associated with more or less pronounced ash emissions.

Current tremor amplitude (ECPNZ station, INGV Catania)

The currently active 2 branches of the lava flow seen from the Monte Cagliato
webcam (INGV Catania) this morning

When observed last evening, ejections at the NSEC rarely exceeded 50-100 m above the rim and only occasionally, bombs landed on the outer flank. The lava flow, only about 500-600 m long last night and half way down to the bottom of the Valle del Bove headwall, increased over night. It developed a second branch and its most advanced fronts have now reached again the base of the Valle del Bove.

Tremor fluctuates with an overall slowly rising trend. This seems to correspond rather to an increase in effusive(lava flow) than explosive activity. - Volcano Discovery.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: (IHN) Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis - 60,000 Fish Killed Due To Outbreak Of Virus At Robertson Creek, British Columbia, Canada!

February 09, 2014 - CANADA - A virus outbreak has killed 60,000 juvenile steelhead at Robertson Creek Hatchery and prompted the involvement of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

File photo.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has confirmed that there was an outbreak of Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis (IHN) virus at the Robertson Creek Hatchery.

The virus was diagnosed in January after extensive laboratory testing, said Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) spokesperson Carrie Mishima, who only responded to questions from the News by e-mail.

The virus has infected more than 60,000 juvenile steelhead at the hatchery, which have since been destroyed, officials said.

Hatchery staff became aware of the outbreak after noticing higher than normal mortalities in juvenile steelhead. Staff noticed signs of the virus and initiated lab tests.

According to the fisheries department, IHN is a naturally occurring pathogen in wild fish throughout the Pacific West Coast from Alaska to California.

IHN poses no risk to humans but it can spread quickly and has a 100 per cent mortality rate if a fish population becomes infected.

The virus is known to exist in Great Central Lake where the hatchery draws its water supplies. Lab tests identified the virus as the endemic, naturally occurring strain that is commonly found in Pacific sockeye.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency was called because IHN is a reportable disease.

Staff have isolated the area where the infected fish were being held, and are cleaning and disinfecting the area.

Measures have also been put in place to control the movement of staff and fish in and out of the hatchery.

Cleanup will be completed when the CFIA is satisfied that the process has met their requirements. - AVN.

RATTLE & HUM: HAZMAT Called In To Upstate South Carolina Homes After Loud Explosions And Booms Rattled Residents?!

February 09, 2014 - SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES - Deputies are investigating reports of an explosion that rocked residents Friday night.

Dispatchers told FOX Carolina that the calls started coming into their call center around 10 p.m.

People in Chesnee, Gaffney, Pacolet, SC and Grover, NC all reported to FOX Carolina that they felt and heard an explosion.

Lt. Tony Ivey with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said a firefighter in Chesnee noticed a small area next to the roadway that appeared to be the site of an explosion.

An investigator from the Hazardous Devices Unit responded to Henderson Road near Turkey Farm Road to investigate.

Robbie Buhl lives three miles from Henderson Road and felt his house shake and heard a loud boom Friday night. He said it's happened many times before and wants someone to figure out what's going on.

There were no reports of injuries.

Ivey said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. - FOX Carolina.

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Stormpocalypse Pound Britain Hard As Another Atlantic Storm Brings Extreme Gales And Heavy Downpours - Many Villages Cut Off By Floodwater, Rail Links Severed And Monster Waves Pound The English Coastlines; Widespread Chaos; Over 500 Flood Warning And Alerts; The Wettest January Since 1766! [STUNNING PHOTOS+VIDEO]

February 09, 2014 - BRITAIN - Villages cut off by floodwater, rail links severed and huge waves pounding coastlines.

A wave bigger than Sennen Cove, in Cornwall, crashes over the cliffs as a series of devastating storms
swept in bringing gales of up to 80mph

Powerful gales and torrential downpours battered southern Britain over the weekend in a fresh surge of extreme weather that has caused chaos across the country.

And there is no letup yet.

Britons face more misery, as forecasters are warning there will be little respite from hurricane-force winds and lashing rain that have seen hundreds of people forced from their homes.

Dozens of people line the sea wall at Porthcawl in South Wales, risk their lives, eager to
get a look at the giant waves crashing ashore

A man is lifted off the ground as gale force winds sweep up his jacket in Sennen Cove, Cornwall

A fierce swell whips against the sea wall at Porthleven in Cornwall as the sun briefly breaks through the clouds

Buildings on the sea front in Porthleven, Cornwall are dwarfed by a huge wall of water crashing on the front

A spray from a wave reaches the top of the 35-metre high Longships Lighthouse at Lands End, Cornwall

Britain has been hit by bad weather since early December, and swaths of southwestern England have been flooded in continuously stormy weather.

"We have another Atlantic storm bringing gales and heavy downpours to many parts of the UK this weekend," Paul Gundersen, Met Office chief meteorologist, said in a written statement.

"Monday is expected to bring a brief respite from the stormy conditions before more strong winds and rain set in from the west on Tuesday. This will bring the continuing risk of flooding and damaging winds bringing down trees to cause disruption to travel and power networks."

Wettest January in 248 years

England suffered the wettest January since 1766, and there are hundreds of flood alerts in force for low-lying areas in southern and central England and Wales.

Gusts of up to 80 miles per hour, heavy rain and massive waves make up the latest extreme weather coming from the Atlantic Ocean and driven, meteorologists say, by a long and powerful polar vortex.

Hundreds of people have already been forced out of their homes. And with the ground heavily saturated, any more rain will increase the flood risk across the country.

A real-time global wind map shows the 80mph gales battering the west coast of Wales and Devon and Cornwall

Using data from the Global Forecast System, the map updates every three hours, showing near-current weather
patterns worldwide. This image shows just how the winds are affecting Britain compared to the rest of the world

Darren Gwilliam helps a friend leave a flooded home in Moorland, Somerset. Flood waters have risen more
than a foot over night and residents now believe the village will be completely lost to the water

Some of the last residents are evactuated from flooded homes in Moorland, Somerset

In Chertsey, Surrey, where the River Thames burst its banks, a 7-year-old boy died and 17 people were hospitalized after falling ill, police said Saturday.

Police said the cause of illness was unknown but "cannot rule out that there may be a link to flooding in the local area."

Efforts were under way to build flood defenses in the area, where nearby homes were damaged and riverside benches and trees were submerged in the water.

Soldiers and sandbags

Prime Minister David Cameron is promising government help for regions that have literally been under water for weeks now.

He visited flood-hit Somerset on Friday and will chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee, known as Cobra, on Sunday to discuss the crisis.

"All Govt depts doing all they can to help those affected," Cameron tweeted last week following a similar meeting.

Storm waves have been beating rocks and spraying mist onto coastlines in seaside towns, where many shops have been closed.

Military personnel have been sent out to some areas to deploy sandbags and improve flood defenses.

WATCH:  Gales and rain hit coastal areas.

On top of flooding, the weather has caused some areas to be cut off from power as well as rail links.

In one area, Dawlish, high tides and stormy seas destroyed a sea wall, causing a significant stretch of railway to collapse into the sea. Nearby homes and a road were also damaged. - CNN.

FUK-U-JAPAN: Mother Nature Strikes Back For Fukushima Radiation, And The Slaughter Of Dolphins And Other Animal Life - Japan Hit By The Worst Snowstorm In Nearly Half A Century; 11 Dead; 1,200 Injured! [PHOTOS+VIDEOS]

February 09, 2014 - JAPAN - The heaviest snowstorm in nearly half a century in Tokyo and other areas of Japan has caused a rash of snow-linked accidents, resulting in nearly a dozen deaths and injuring more than a thousand people.

 Lexus vehicles are covered with snow at a vehicle shop in Tokyo on February 9, 2014 one day
after heavy snowfall hit the capital

Up to 27 centimeters (10.6 inches) of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late Saturday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according to meteorologists.

Approximately 35 centimeters (13.8 inches) of snow was dumped on the northeastern city of Sendai as a depression moved along the Pacific coast on Saturday, resulting in the heaviest snowfall in 78 years. Fukushima was also blanketed in 44 centimeters (17.3 inches of snow.)

WATCH: Deadly snowstorm hits Japan.

Local media now report that at least eleven people have been killed in snow-linked accidents – mostly caused by drivers crashing after losing control on the icy roads. In central Aichi prefecture, a 50-year-old man died after his car lost traction and slammed into a billboard, AFP reports, citing a local rescuer.

NHK reported at least 1,253 people have been injured nationwide, many of whom slipped and fell while shoveling the snow off their roofs.

 Meanwhile, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said that as of 6 am local time, more than 20,000 households in Ibaraki and Chiba prefecture were without power, the Japanese public broadcaster reports. The heavy snowfall and wind are believed to have caused the power outages.

A woman walks in a park near the Imperial Palace as snow falls in Tokyo February 8, 2014
(Reuters / Toru Hanai)

A jetliner of Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) taxis at Tokyo's Haneda airport covered by
the snow on February 8, 2014 (AFP Photo / Kazuhiro Nogi)

Visitors take photos at the Imperial Palace as snow falls in Tokyo February 8, 2014 (Reuters / Toru Hanai)

A woman walks with sticks on a snow-covered road in Tokyo on February 9, 2014 one
day after heavy snowfall hit the capital

A woman walks past bicycles covered with snow at Tokyo's Ginza shopping district in Tokyo February 8, 2014

Pedestrians cross an intersection at Tokyo's Ginza shopping district during heavy snowfall in Tokyo February 8, 2014

The inclement weather has also disrupted air travelers, with over 200 domestic flights being canceled on Sunday. Around 5,000 travelers flying internationally were forced to spend the night in Tokyo Narita Airport because of the weather. Train services in the capital were also disrupted.

Weather officials say that more snow, strong winds and high waves are expected on Sunday.

 The massive snowstorms come as the Tokyo gubernatorial election commenced on Sunday. The former governor, Naoki Inose, was forced to resign in December over a political funds related scandal.

Major candidates include former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, former Air Self-Defense Force chief Toshio Tamogami, and Kenji Utsunomiya, former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Kyodo News Reports.

WATCH:  Western Pacific Weather reports on the snowstorm.


Octogenarian inventor, Yoshiro Nakamatsu, is also running for the governor's post for the seventh time, along with Kazuma Ieiri, a 35-year-old company executive who is crowd sourcing policy ideas from citizens.

The hotly contested race could be damped by the weather, however, with observers saying heavy snowfall could affect turnout in the city of 13 million people. - RT.

WAR DRUMS: Tracking The Military Buildup Towards World War III - Iran Dispatches Warships To U.S. Maritime Border And New Chinese Submarine Patrol Puts Hawaii, Alaska Within Nuke Range!

February 09, 2014 - WAR - Iranian warships and Chinese submarine dispatched to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans respectively, will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time in a bid to send 'a message' to the White House, in what seems to be an inevitable spiral towards world war.

Iran Dispatches Warships To U.S. Maritime Border.
Iranian navy warships (Reuters / Stringer)

Ships from the Iranian army’s naval fleet are headed towards the United States maritime borders as part of a longstanding protest against US vessels in the Persian Gulf, Fars News Agency reports.

"The Iranian Army's naval fleets have already started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via the waters near South Africa," Commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, announced on Saturday.

The admiral, who also heads up the Iranian Army's 4th Naval Zone, added that the ships are approaching the United States' maritime borders, “and this move has a message."

The agency gave no details on the number or types of vessels deployed.

Sayyari first announced Iran would begin a naval buildup "near maritime borders of the United States" in September 2011. The move is part of Iran’s response to Washington’s sizeable naval presence in the Persian Gulf.

The US Navy’s 5th fleet, which is responsible for naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean, is based in Bahrain.

"Like the arrogant powers that are present near our maritime borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to the American marine borders," Sayyari said at the time.

Sayyari reiterated Iran’s plans to dispatch its naval forces to deploy along US marine borders in the Atlantic in September 2012, saying this would happen “in the next few years".

In September 2012 the admiral reiterated Iran's plans for sailing off the US coasts to counter the US presence in its waters in the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian Navy has been boosting its presence in international waters since November 2008, when it deployed warships to the Gulf of Aden in response to the Somalia pirates’ threat.

New Chinese Submarine Patrol Puts Hawaii, Alaska Within Nuke Range.
AFP Photo / Guang Niu

The Chinese are preparing to deploy submarines armed with nuclear missiles that will patrol the northern Pacific Ocean and come within range of at least two US states, according to a new report from the US Navy.

The US Naval Institute (USNI) reported that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has tapped the Jin-class nuclear ballistic submarines to begin patrols in 2014. The subs will carry intercontinental range missiles that are thought to have a range of no less than 14,000 kilometers (8,699 miles) and can deliver a single or multiple warheads.

“With a range in excess of 4,000 [nautical miles], the JL-2 submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM), will enable the JIN to strike Hawaii, Alaska and possibly western portions of CONUS from East Asian waters,” Office of Naval Intelligence Officer Jesse Karotkin wrote in his testimony last month to the US China Economic Security Review Commission.

The new Jin-class Type 094 submarines are a technological marvel when compared to the Type 092 class that the PLAN has traditionally relied upon. Weighing 11,000 tons when fully submerged, the Navy sees this development as proof that the Chinese “want to get more on par with Western countries.”

“The three JIN [ballistic missile submarines] currently in service would be insufficient to maintain a constant at-sea presence for extended periods of time, but if the PLA Navy builds five units as some sources suggest, a continuous peacetime presence may become a viable option for the PLAN,” Karotkin noted.

Karotkin explained in his report that a number of factors have forced China to modernize its Navy, which now has more than 60 submarines, 55 medium and large amphibious ships, roughly 77 principal surface ships, and nearly 100 other small craft.

“At the dawn of the 21st Century, the People’s Liberation Army Navy remained a largely littoral force. Though China’s maritime interests were rapidly changing, the vast majority of its naval platforms offered very limited capability and endurance, particularly in blue water. Over the past 15 years the PLAN has carried out an ambitious modernization effort, resulting in a more technologically advanced and flexible force,” he wrote, as quoted by

“This transformation is evident not only in the PLAN’s gulf of Aden counter-piracy presence, which is now in its sixth year, but also in the navy’s more advanced regional operations and exercises. In contrast to its narrow focus a decade ago, the PLAN is evolving to meet a wide range of missions including conflict with Taiwan, enforcement of maritime claims, protection of economic interests, as well as counter-piracy and humanitarian missions.”

China also proved it has updated other military forces last month when, according to the Pentagon, the PLAN flight-tested a hypersonic missile delivery vehicle capable of penetrating any existing defense system with nuclear warheads. The weapon is one that experts have hailed as a game-changer for its ability to hit a target with a nuclear warhead before defense systems can react.

The Pentagon confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that the test flight had taken place but offered no further explanation. The US is the only country in the world known to have such a weapon in its arsenal.

“We routinely monitor foreign defense activities and we are aware of the test,” a spokesman said.

- RT.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Hollywood Earthquake Is Third In 10 Days - Foreshock For A Large Quake Along The Hollywood Fault?!

February 09, 2014 - HOLLYWOOD, UNITED STATES - A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake that was centered near Hollywood and shook parts of the Los Angeles basin Saturday morning was the third temblor to hit the area in the last two weeks.

The Hollywood fault is believed to have last ruptured 7,000 to 8,000 years ago.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times / July 31, 2013)

The latest quake occurred at 10:13 a.m. at a depth of 5.0 miles and was felt from the Westside to East L.A., said Anthony Guarino, a seismologist at Caltech.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was near the intersection of Melrose and Virgil avenues, on the eastern edge of Hollywood. It was the third magnitude 3.0 or greater quake to hit that area in the last 10 days.

“It’s pretty standard for L.A.,” Guarino said. “There are a lot of different faults there.”

Clusters of small quakes are common in the Los Angeles basin, and generally don’t signify that the "big one" is coming, Guarino said. Every earthquake has a one in five chance of being a foreshock for a larger quake, he added. The odds of that decline quickly as time goes by.

USGS earthquake shakemap intensity

The region remains overdue for a massive quake. The southern section of the San Andreas Fault, which starts near the Salton Sea and runs north to Palmdale, has historically caused a large earthquake every 150 years on average. It has not ruptured since 1680.

“There is a very high probability that it will rupture in our lifetime or our children’s lifetime,” Guarino said.

“We use these small quakes as a reminder: You need to be prepared with a week's worth of food and water and have a plan of action,” he said. “Don’t run outside, don’t get in the doorway. Drop, cover and hold on to something.” - LA Times.

MASS SHOOTINGS: Another Rare Shooting Spree In Russia - Gunman Kills Two In Orthodox Cathedral On The Island Of Sakhalin, Off Russia's Eastern Coast!

February 09, 2014 - RUSSIA - A gunman opened fire on Sunday in a Russian Orthodox cathedral on the island of Sakhalin, off Russia's eastern coast, killing a nun and a churchgoer and wounding six other people, officials said.

A man who worked as a security guard at the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
was arrested after the shooting. (Dmitriy Sindyakov/Associated Press)

The shooting happened as Russian security forces are on high alert due to concerns about possible attacks on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, thousands of kilometers (miles) to the west. There was no apparent link to the Games.

The gunman was detained at the scene after the shooting at the main cathedral in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, on the island in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan, the federal Investigative Committee said.

It added that the suspect had worked as a security guard in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, some 6,650 km (4,130 miles) from Moscow.

There was no immediate word on a motive in the attack, which came six days after a Moscow teenager killed a teacher and a policeman and held classmates hostage in the first major school shooting in Russia.

Most of the wounded in Sunday's mid-afternoon attack were shot in the legs and their lives were not in danger, RIA cited the regional leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Tikhon, as saying.

He said a prayer service for the victims would be held later on Sunday at the cathedral, which is the main Russian Orthodox church in a region that includes Sakhalin and the Kurile island chain.

The part of the church where the shooting took place would have to be cleaned of victims' blood and blessed, he added.

The Investigative Committee said psychiatrists would attempt to determine the suspect's mental condition.

There have been a handful of shooting sprees in offices and public places in Russia in recent years, but they are relatively rare and state-run media tend to treat such attacks as a largely American phenomenon.

The February 3 shooting at a Moscow school, in which a student used his father's rifles, has led to calls for stiffer punishment for gun owners whose weapons are used in attacks. - Reuters.