Mexico was hit by an 8.2 quake. California could get hit by one, too. (Los Angeles Times)
The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that ravaged southern Mexico on Thursday was the largest to shake the country in nearly a century.
Like California, #Mexico is a seismically active region that has seen smaller quakes that have caused death and destruction. But Thursday’s temblor is a reminder that even larger quakes — while rare — do occur.
Scientists say it’s possible for Southern California to be hit by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake. Such a quake would be far more destructive to the #LosAngeles area because the #SanAndreas fault runs very close to and underneath densely populated areas.
The devastating quakes that hit #California over the last century were far smaller than the Thursday temblor, which the Mexican authorities set at magnitude 8.2 and the U.S. Geological Survey placed at 8.1. Mexico’s #earthquake produced four times more energy than the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a #ma
MIAMI — After battering Cuba early Saturday and leaving more than 20 dead across the Caribbean, a dangerous Hurricane Irma is taking aim at south Florida with winds nearing 160 mph as another hurricane follows close behind. Irma regained Category 5 status overnight, then dropped back to Category 4 […]
Hurricane Irma pummels Cuba before expected turn to Florida
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#MIAMI — After battering Cuba early Saturday and leaving more than 20 dead across the Caribbean, a dangerous #HurricaneIrma is taking aim at south Florida with #winds nearing 160 mph as another hurricane follows close behind.
#Irma regained Category 5 status overnight, then dropped back to Category 4 early Saturday as thousands of people in the #Caribbean fought desperately to find shelter or escape their storm-blasted islands and more than 6 million people in #Florida and #Georgia were warned to leave their homes. Wind speeds early Saturday were about 155 mph
#Hurricane Irma #forecast to strike Florida Keys as Category 5
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Hurricane Irma is now forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a #Category 5 #storm.
“Obviously Hurricane #Irma continues to be a threat that is going to #devastate the United States,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. “We’re going to have a couple rough days.”
Irma was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 storm early Friday morning. As of 5 p.m. Eastern Time, the storm was moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami.
The National Hurricane Center cautioned that Irma is “extremely dangerous,” with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, which are strong enough to uproot trees, bring down power poles and rip off the roofs and some exterior walls of well-built frame homes.
Map: The expected path of Hurricane Irma as project at 2pm ET, Sept. 8. 2017.
At least two people died in the islands of St. Barts and St. Martin, officials said. A third death was an infant in #Barbuda, officials there said.
— It’s too early to tell whether it will make landfall on the US mainland. Computer models show it could churn near Florida’s east coast by late Sunday, and forecasters warn the core could hit the Florida peninsula.
— The tropical storm force wind field from Irma stretches over 300 miles from end to end. If it were centered over New York City, the tropical storm force winds would stretch from Baltimore to Boston.
170906102648-01-st-martin-hurricane-irma-0906-medium-plus-169 Hurricane Irma slams into Caribbean as Florida awaits storm
— Meanwhile, #Jose, in the open #Atlantic far to the southeast of Irma, became a hurricane. Katia, in the Gulf of Mexico, also became a #hurricane.
The #Bahamas orders evacuations
A hurricane warning is in effect for the central and southeastern Bahamas, and officials there are not taking chanc
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