6.0 Magnitude Earth Quake Northern California, 6 Miles South of Napa … Strongest Quake since 1989 (VIDEO) (Update: Gas Leaks, Fires, 87 People Injured)

6.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HITS NORTHERN, CA

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It was the strongest to hit the Bay Area since 1989, when a quake struck during the World Series.

Sunday’s earthquake struck 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, 6 miles southwest of Napa, and 9 miles southeast of Sonoma, according to the USGS.

Updates can be read at City of Napa.org.

UPDATE I: LA TIMES – 6.0 quake jolts Bay Area; outages, injuries reported

Following the 6.0 quake, there are reports of gas leaks, downed power lines, homes on fire and injuries.

A long rolling temblor pegged at 6.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey shook a wide swath of the Bay Area awake early Sunday.

Centered about nine miles south of wine country’s Napa at 3:20 a.m., the quake was felt as far south as Santa Cruz and into Sonoma County. It was the largest earthquake to strike the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta temblor of 1989, the USGS said.

A little more than two hours after the quake, a shallow magnitude 3.6 tremor was reported by the USGS. The aftershock occurred at 5:47 a.m. at a depth of 5.0 miles.

Residents reported power outages in Napa, and fire departments in several counties, along with the California Highway Patrol, were on the lookout for damage to bridges.

Reports were beginning to stream in of gas leaks, downed power lines and at least one fire.

Napa County Fire Department confirms they are swamped with calls, including reports of injuries. It is unclear how  severe the injuries are because units are still responding.

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UPDATE II: Roads Closed, Thousands Without Power After 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Napa.

Tens of thousands have lost power after an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 struck American Canyon at 3:20 PT Sunday morning.

The quake, the USGS says, was 6 miles south-southwest of Napa, and 8 miles north-northwest of Vallejo, California. It had a depth of 6.7 miles, they report.

A 2.5 magnitude aftershock was also reported in the same area at 5:01 AM.

Calls regarding broken gas and water mains as well as property damage reports are rolling in at agencies near the quake’s epicenter. However, law enforcement and emergency agencies across the Bay Area are asking residents not to call 911 unless they have an emergency.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting the westbound off-ramp of state Highway 37 and westbound Interstate Highway 80 to state Highway 37 are closed due to possible damage. The CHP is on the scene inspecting the roadways.

PG&E also says that tens of thousands of customers are currently without power across the Bay Area, particularly in Napa and Sonoma counties.

UPDATE III: VIDEO of damage caused by earthquake.

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Pic: KTLA Screen GrabClick HERE to Watch KLTA VIDEO

UPDATE IV: 6.0 earthquake jolts Bay Area; damage and at least 87 injuries reported

A long, rolling temblor pegged at 6.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey shook a wide swath of the Bay Area awake early Sunday, causing damage to buildings and sending at least 87 people to a hospital.

At least three people were seriously hurt, including a child who was flown to Santa Rosa Community Hospital. A spokeswoman at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa said most of its injured patients had cuts, bumps and bruises. Many are being treated and released, but some have been admitted.

The quake caused about 50 gas main breaks and 30 water main leaks. The leaks prompted officials by 7 a.m. to open two evacuation centers at Napa High School and Grace Church of Napa Valley. A number of historic buildings have been damaged, including the Sam Kee Laundry, Goodman Library and the Napa County Courthouse, according to the city.

Major 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off Japan, Creating Small Tsunami Waves (Update: Tsunami Warnings Canceled)

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake has hit off of the Northeast coast of Japan that caused tsunami warnings in the area. The earthquake triggered small tsunami waves hit Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture. Tensions were high as this was the same area that suffered the worst damage from the massive 9.0-magnitude quake and resulting tsunami in 2011 that left Japan in ruin with death and destruction.

A powerful earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday evening, rattling buildings in Tokyo and setting off a small tsunami.

It also jarred nerves in a nation still recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that killed thousands of people and triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

Some roads were closed and rail services suspended in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi, where a one-meter (3-foot) tsunami rolled ashore. It was followed by four other waves ranging from eight to 16 inches. Only minor injuries were reported immediately, including five in Miyagi and five on the outskirts of Tokyo.

UPDATE I: According to reports the tsunami warnings have been canceled.

Obama Leaves Martha’s Vineyard on Separate Plane from Michelle … “don’t let the hatch door of Air Force One hit you on the way out of Massa-tu-setts”

President Herbert Hoover, oops Barack Obama leaves Martha’s Vineyard the same way he arrived, on separate planes from his wife and family. As Howie Carr of the Boston Herald says, “Hey, it’s only money, our [the people's] money.”Although Howie said it with a much thickah Boston accent.

And so farewell, Barack Obama, don’t let the hatch door of Air Force One hit you on the way out of Massa-tu-setts, as you pronounce it.

The first family came in separate planes, and they’re leaving, ditto. Hey, it’s only money, our money.

Even before Irene, this wasn’t much of a presidential vacation compared to the earlier ones. An Obama vacation on the Vineyard has been downgraded from Cat 3 to tropical storm. It’s hard to get excited about the arrival, yet again, of the second coming of Herbert Hoover.

Of course Obama had to leave the golf course and Martha’s Vineyard early. Not even Obama has the audacity to stay in the lap of luxury while Americans are getting pounded by Hurricane Irene and eight people were confirmed dead. Sadly, the death toll is now at 9. Let alone the hurricane was coming that way which meant his golf game would have been interrupted. The President left the friendly confines of “Life styles of the Rich & Famous  to try and act presidential.  However, it seems like more of a shameless photo-op. Maybe Barack can use Irene in his next economy speech and blame this hurricane as well for the bad economy.Just like his economic mouth piece did when Austan Goolsbee blamed the bad US economy (VIDEO) on earthquakes, tsunami’s and hurricanes, oh my. You really can’t make this crap up.

Thursday night, Austan Goolsbee was on Fox trying to blame the cratered economy on the “earthquakes out of Washington, D.C. I mean, we’ve had a series of things that have put some heavy blows and slowed the economy back down.”

I’m not making this up. The “earthquake” is causing the double dip.

Now that Obama is back in charge and not on vacation, America don’t you feel better? Who can wait for his jobs and economic speech he is supposed to give in September? I know I am on pins and needles, NOT!

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Washington, DC, President Barack Obama Playing Golf at the Time at Martha’s Vineyard (Update: 5.9 Earthquake)

A 5.8, Reuters is reporting a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, has rocked Washington, DC and the East Coast.  According to ABC News, the earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, VA, shook much of Washington, DC, and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City. The epicenter of the earthquake is being reported to have been in Mineral, VA.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County

You are never going to guess what the President was doing when the earthquake hit … PLAYING GOLF OF COURSE.

UPDATE I: FOX News reporting that JFK International Airport has been shut down. Federal buildings in DC, Pentagon and Capitol have been evacuated. Obviously, there is a fear of aftershocks so authorities are not going to want people to go back into buildings or underground transit.

The Pentagon has been evacuated, CNN’s Barbara Starr reports. “When the building began shaking rather violently, hundreds of people began streaming out,” she said, because many people thought that the building was under attack. Starr was standing in the Pentagon’s press office when the roof started to shake.

UPDATE II: Being reported that the quake was felt from New Hampshire to Atlanta.  Its now being called a 5.9 magnitude quake according to the USGS.

UPDATE III: Two nuclear power plants taken offline following quake. No reports of damage to the reactors, most likely a precautionary measure.

A nuclear power plant located in Louisa County, the epicenter of the earthquake in Virginia, has shut down.

The North Anna Power Station, operated by Dominion Power, has two reactors.  The plant declared an “unusual event” in the wake of the 5.9 magnitude quake, which is the lowest stage on the plant’s emergency scale.

UPDATE IV: Reagan National in Washington, DC is closed, flights are on hold.

I would say, if you do not need to be on your cell phones in the affected areas, please don’t. It would appear that there has been not that much structural damage and no reported deaths or serious injuries. Thank God, great news.

Brian in a Blue State

VP Joe Biden Shows Up to NY Yankees Spring Training for Photo Op as US Wages War in Libya, Middle East in Crisis & Japan Recovers

Is it possible that President Obama and VP Biden could actually take their jobs serious?

While President Barack Obama plays tourist in Latin America,VP Joe Biden not to be outdone takes time for a photo op and some laughs at NY Yankee Spring Training. UNREAL. Could these two clowns actually take their job serious, especially at a time in which they have committed US troops to yet another military action? Oh that’s right, Obama cancelled his trip to the Mayan Ruins so to appear to look like a leader.

Mr. President, would an act of war against Libya be considered a big “F’n” deal?

As stated by the Toronto Star, gues happens when Biden shows up to watch a Spring Training game … TOTAL CONFUSION. This seems to be par for the course with any thing done by Obama and Biden these days. That same confusion appears to be the order of the day in Obama’s war in Libya as well. The US along with the “Coalition of the Unwilling” goes to war against Libya in an effort to protect civilians and not target Qaddafi as Obama who wants no part of leading the action tells the world and Libya that we will in no way put boots on the ground. Who tells the enemy what their plans are?

From the overwhelmed, over their head, Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight …  the Middle East in crisis, Japan struggling with fixing nuclear reactors and recovering from an earthquake and tsunami, more terrorist attacks in Israel and the US is now implicated in another military action, this time with Libya and Biden is in FL at a fund raiser for Ben Nelson and off to see the Yankees (VIDEO).

Maybe the reason why Biden decided to have some fun and take in a game was because French PM Francois Fillon said we were not at war. Could you imagine what the MSM would be reporting if a Republican President and VP acted like this at such a time of crisis? It is simply frightening that Obama and Biden were elected at this point in time of our county’s history. How out of touch could they be?

2012 cannot come fast enough!

As the World Burns … President Barack Obama Fills Out his NCAA Basketball Brackets

As Rome burns, Nero played the violen, the World burns and is in chaos, President Barack Obama managed to take time and do the most important task of the day … fill out his NCAA Mens College Basketball March Madness brackets. Good grief. Far be it from this President actually acting Presidential and getting down to the hard issues of the day like the Middle East in chaos, Japan trying to recover from a massive earthquake and tsunami and trying to prevent a nuclear disaster, the US economy is disarray, Americans still unemployed and gas heading to $4 per gallon. Nope, Obama is lost in smallness and makes sure that he fills out his brackets. How’s that “Hope & Change” treating you America?

 

The Middle East is afire with rebellion, Japan is imploding from an earthquake, and the battle of the budget is on in the United States, but none of this seems to be deterring President Obama from a heavy schedule of childish distractions.

This morning, as Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes.

Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.

As stated by Weasel Zippers, in a word … PRIORITIES!

Remember when Obama was billed as a different kind of President and and “Outside the beltway” one. All one has to do is look at the fact that Obama picked all four #1 seeds in his brackets to see that was a lie as well. This supposed deep thinking and intellectual president went status quo and went out on a limb and went with Ohio St, Pitt, Duke and Kansas in the Final Four. Wow, Mr. President, Dare to Dream.

Some one has to say it, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS PRESIDENT! Remember when US President used to lead? Obama seems to be incapable. In crisis the world looks to the US for leadership and Obama is filling out March Madness brackets. Can 2012 come fast enough?

60 Year Old Japan Tsunami Miracle Survivor: Hiromitsu Shinkawa Found 10 Miles Out at Sea Clinging to Roof

Miracle … Japan Tsunami survivor found 10 miles out at sea clinging to the roof of his home.

In the midst of all the horrible and terrible stories of death and destruction in the aftermath of the Japan 8.9 earthquake and tsunami, comes the following miraculous story. 60 year old Hiromitsu Shinkawa was found safe and rescued 10 miles out to sea floating on the roof of his home. After clinging to the roof for two days following the tsunami, Shinkawa was spotted by a self-defence force destroyer taking part in the rescue as he waved a self-made red flag.

A 60-year-old man has been found on the roof of his floating house nearly 10 miles out at sea, two days after the tsunami that devastated the north-east coast of Japan.

Hiromitsu Shinkawa must have resigned himself to his fate when he was swept away by the retreating tsunami that roared ashore in his home town of Minami Soma in Fukushima prefecture.

As the wave approached, Shinkawa took the fateful decision to return home to collect belongings. Minutes later he was out at sea clinging to a piece of the roof from his own home.

Talk about your real life version of Japan ‘Survivor” or ‘Castaway’.

The Comedian in Chief Obama Yuks it Up at the Gridiron Club Dinner as the World Burns

This is hardly a laughing matter … Nice priorities

Barack Obama, the Comedian in Chief does what he does best, provides us with yet another “Lost in Smallness” moment as he yuks it up and jokes around as the world is literally burning. Is an 8.9 magnitude Japanese earthquake, a subsequent tsunami where 10,000 are presumed dead, Japan’s worst crisis since WWII10.1% unemployment & 19.8% underemployment, increasing cost of oil & $4.00 gasoline, chaos in the Middle East, continued foreclosures in the US, states on the verge of bankruptcy, an out of control federal deficit, continued terror threats and Americans still trying to find jobs a laughing matter?

President Obama used his first appearance at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner as POTUS to push home an already labored point — with a little help from The Boss.

Taking the stage to give the evening’s closing remarks, the president looked toward the live band at the back of the room and asked, “Can we go with the song we talked about?”

The band struck up Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” drawing big laughs from the some 650 government officials, political figures, news executives and journalists in gathered at the Washington Renaissance hotel for the club’s 126th anniversary. (read the full story at the Politico)

We stated how inappropriate this was yesterday, guess what, it is still inappropriate today. Because it is such a laugh riot that at the Gridiron Club they would play Bruce Springsteen’s ”Born in the USA”as a reference to Obama’s lack of producing a long form birth certificate as the World burns. Hell, this President could not even produce a budget that was worth the paper it was written on, maybe they should have played Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ instead.

President Obama Grapples with Japan Earthquake, Libya and Oil Prices … As He Plays Golf & Yuks It Up at 126th Annual Gridiron Club Dinner Saturday Night

Could Obama be any more inappropriate?

According to President Barrack Obama, the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan that has killed so many and caused so much destruction has left him heart broken.  Really? I guess he was trying to get over his broken heart while playing golf again today or attending the 126th Annual Gridiron Club dinner is DC tonight, yuking it with the press.

 

In the video above Obama also tried to defend his handling of the volatility of the situation in Libya by saying, “we are slowly tightening the noose on Muammar Gaddafi”. Tightening the noose? Imagine if any one in the GOP every used such verbiage, it would be deemed hate speech. Obama also tried to dowenplay the soaring gas and oil prices.

President Barack Obama will speak at the 126th annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington on Saturday evening.

The white-tie event is an opportunity for journalists to poke fun at public figures and political themes of the day. .

With the world in turmoil from earthquakes to escalating oil prices to uncertainty in the Middle East to the world and US economic down turn and Obama us going to find fun and humor in the political themes of the day. Really? How appropriate. Obama missed last years event because shilling for Obamacare was too important; however, with crisis every where … The Comedian in Chief thinks it is perfectly A-O-K to joke around while Americans are jobless, losing their homes and Japan is in complete disarray.

Google: Missing Persons Finder Tool To Help Find Loved Ones In Japan

Following the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Google has launched  the Person Finder Tool to help locate or get information on missing loved ones and friends.

Now, Google has launched the Person Finder Tool, a free information service for those posting information about people or looking for someone. The tool is available in multiple languages. Google uses data from the social networking sites and across the Internet to find records on missing people – they are currently tracking 64,600 records as of Sat., March 12.

 Google Missing Person Finder Tool: 2011 Japan Earthquake page can be found HERE or in English.  More information about the Google Missing Person Finder Tool, HERE.

Google Person Finder, a project of the Google Crisis Response division of Google.org, was built by Google engineers in response to the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti to help those affected by the earthquake connect with their loved ones. Google Person Finder can also accept data from other similar registries and display them together at one place.

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