18 Burst results for "U. S. Geological Survey"
No Injuries as 4.3-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles
"Mild earthquake shook los angeles friday night the us geological survey put its magnitude four point three and said it was centered about twenty miles southeast of downtown los angeles there no reports of major damage or injuries. This is npr
Hurricane Ida Slams Louisiana, Forces Mississippi River to Reverse Flow
"One of the most powerful storms to ever hit the. Us made landfall over the weekend. Hurricane ida directly hit port fouchane louisiana with one hundred and fifty mile an hour winds flooding rain in life threatening storm surges. That were more than seven feet above normal. The storm ripped the roofs off homes businesses and at least one hospital it snapped trees and power lines flooded streets and left more than a million electricity customers in the dark. In fact the entire city of new orleans lost power the winds were so strong they reverse the flow of the mississippi river near new orleans something the us geological survey calls extremely uncommon only four stronger storms in history of ever hit the mainland. Us and as of early this morning hurricane ida has weakened a little but it is still packing hurricane strength as it moves inland tornado. Watches have also been issued for parts of louisiana mississippi alabama and florida. For a lot of people this is all too familiar ida hit on the exact same date as historically devastating hurricane katrina sixteen years ago. I came ashore about forty five miles west of where katrina first struck land but the area was more prepared. This time since katrina hit newer stronger more sophisticated levees were built to hold back storms. Like this and it seems they've been able to hold up this time much better than the ones that failed following katrina more than eighteen. Hundred people died after katrina. This time. it's too early to know what the human toll may be. Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated ahead of hurricane ida but not everyone got out so there are twenty one search and rescue teams from about fifteen different states ready to find survivors as soon as the storm calms down the federal emergency management agency or fema also sending more than two thousand emergency workers hundreds of extra ambulances and millions of meals and leaders of water. We should also get a better idea of the overall damage. Once the sun comes up
Powerful Magnitude-6.8 Quake Shakes Panama and Costa Rica
"Powerful magnitude. Six point eight earthquake has shaken. Panama and costa rica epicenter was relatively far from the largest population centres though there. No immediate reports of damage. Us geological survey says the quake was centered off pacific coast of panama. And costa rica's shared
Lizards and snakes will feel global warmings effects
"Animals like polar bears make headlines because of the threats they face from climate change. But there's so many other animals and plants that are just overlooked or not considered by most of the public. I think reptiles one of groups. David pilat is an ecologist at the us geological survey in boise idaho. He says that because lizards and snakes are cold blooded animals. They're sensitive to temperature changes. His ongoing research suggests that as the climate warms. Their geographic ranges will likely shift. What we're finding is that there's a number of species that are going to be moving northward or moving up in elevation for example. A snake called the northern rubber boa which lives mostly in the northwestern u. s. as the climate warms. Its habitat in the. Us may shrink. It may be able to move farther into canada but whether the animal can get there is a whole 'nother thing because of roads and cities and other types of fragmentation or barriers says. It's important to predict where species survive in the future. So wildlife managers can prepare now and take steps to protect even the scaly slithery ones.
After Decades-Long Push, It's Not Clear Who Will Bid In Arctic Refuge Oil Lease Sale
"The trump administration has fewer than three weeks to go and is working to lock in oil drilling in the arctic. National wildlife refuge. It's holding an oil lease sale next week. Deacon handling of alaska's energy desk reports it's unclear. how much oil is under the refuge. Supporters of drilling in the arctic refugees coastal plain often point to its oil potential as a reason to develop the remote stretch of land president. Donald trump has described it as the gravesites of energy in the world. But while geologists say the rock formations oil seeps and old seismic results seem promising. The data available is still limited. We don't know very much about this area. David house neck is senior. Research geologist at the us geological survey and he helped with the agencies last assessment of oil potential and alaska's coastal plain back in the late nineteen ninety s. The usgs calculated anywhere from about four to twelve billion barrels of recoverable. Oil house. next says that's a whole of oil but also a huge range in part because it's based on seismic data from the nineteen eighty s. Technology has come a long way since then going into a lease sale in the coastal plain with the only data being thirty five year old. Two d data is quite unusual house. Neck says what's also missing from the usgs assessment is any data from actual wells in the refuge. There's been just one exploratory. Well drilled in the coastal plain also back in the eighty s on alaska native land but the results of that test well are a closely guarded secret confidentiality agreement and never an end date on it. Mark myers geologist and former commissioner of the alaska department of natural resources is one of the few people who have seen the results from the test. Well outside of the big oil companies that paid for it. So i can't comment on in terms of what i saw even though it was a lot of new york times. Investigation based on legal documents suggested the results were not promising but the amount of oil is just one factor companies will consider when deciding whether to bid in the alaska sale. Another is the money. Myer says it's already more expensive to drill in the arctic compared to say texas on top of that oil prices are still low after an oil price war and the coronavirus pandemic hit the industry. Hard low prices have fallen down to a level that we larry little capital for exploration in these companies. So that's one of the biggest negatives. There's also the controversy says weena gun. An analyst with the energy research firm would mackenzie. The refuge is home to migrating. Caribou polar bears and other wildlife and that has prompted multiple lawsuits to block drilling there. Some big banks site climate change and say they won't fund oil projects in the arctic. An amount of i guess public opinion the it wouldn't necessarily be good p for them to be seen as ruling and the article drilling and environmentally sensitive areas. But perhaps the biggest uncertainty of all is the changing administration. President elect joe biden says he opposes drilling in alaska's refuge although if leases are finalized before he takes office. It's not clear how he would stop it for npr news. I'm teagan hanlin in
In Turkey, a Frantic Rescue Effort After a Deadly Earthquake
"Crews are digging through concrete rubble in the city of Izmir. They're looking for survivors of yesterday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake. NPR's Peter Kenyan reports at least 27 people were killed and some 800 were injured. The US Geological Survey put the epicenter of the strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast and near the Greek island of Samos. In his mayor. Onlookers cheered his rescuers lifted survivors from the rubble of collapsed apartment buildings. The earthquake generated small tsunamis that flooded streets in Izmir and in a harbor town on some owes the quake was felt down the Aegean coast and in Istanbul. Hundreds of aftershocks rumbled through the region. Turkey's president and the Greek prime minister exchanged condolences and offers of help.
Navajo man executed in federal prison despite tribal opposition
"This is National Native News Antonio. Gonzales. The Navajo nation is demanding respect by the federal government saying it will not be pushed aside after the government executed a Navajo man Wednesday in Indiana, in a statement, the Navajo nation expressed sadness to all families involved and called on the government for a meeting to address the death penalty matter thirty, eight year old Lesbian Mitchell the only native American on death row was executed by lethal injection for the killing of a Navajo grandmother and granddaughter in two thousand, one, the tribe stood against the death penalty and instead ask for life sentence leaders of the Navajo nation say it's a sovereignty issue and the death. Penalty goes against cultural beliefs which were ignored by the federal government attorneys for Mitchell. In a statement said, the Federal Government added another chapter to its long history of injustices against native American people, and despite pleas from Navajo leaders, other tribes, native organizations the trump administration executed Mitchell a navajo man for a crime against other Navajo people committed on Navajo land the US. Supreme Court. Denied a request and letters for clemency were sent to President Trump by the national congress of American Indians Thirteen tribes more than two hundred and thirty individuals. The Indianapolis Star reports a statement read the execution from the victim's family said, they waited nineteen years for justice and. Hope. This would bring some closure. There were reportedly no witnesses on. Mitchell's behalf at the execution, the expansion of a British Columbia coal mine upstream of prominent lake and river. North, West Montana will undergo review from the Canadian government. Aaron Bolton reports project is an expansion of tech resources fording the river operation about one hundred miles north of the Montana candidate border data from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Geological Survey show that BBC minds are leaching high levels of selenium into the elk river, which is a tributary to Lake Kuchen USA and the Kootenai. River. In Montana and Idaho because the project was deemed an expansion, the provincial government. was set to conduct the Environmental Review. But Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson issued a decision stating the project would undergo a more intensive federal review after receiving several requests to do so the confederated sailors and Kootenai tribes in Montana along with the Kootenai tribe of Idaho where the first to formally request at the project receiving environmental assessment from the Federal Canadian government confederated salish and Kootenai Department of Natural Resources Head Rich Johnson says Federal Review will apply more scrutiny to the project you know and and we just noticed that for many years the province of BC state of Montana and tech mining have separately and at times collectively. Promised to fix existing problems and for many years have failed to yield improvements to water quality in an emailed statement tech resources called Minister Wilkinson's decision unfortunate and said the provincial environmental review process is rigorous that decision comes as Montana is working to set a selenium standard by the end of the year in conjunction with British Columbia, although there's nothing preventing the provincial government from setting a more lenient. Standard or not setting one at all for national native, News. Erin. Bolton. Tribes in Texas and Louisiana are prepared for hurricane. Laura, the Kushtia tribe of Louisiana laid sandbags for high water and has prepared other emergency measures. The Tribes Casino closed Tuesday as surrounding communities are under evacuation orders. The Alabama shot tribe of Texas evacuated elders to Oklahoma ahead of the storm the category four hurricane hit Louisiana Thursday. I an Tony Allen.
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits North Carolina, most powerful in the state since 1916
"On earthquake shook much of North Carolina yesterday morning, the US Geological Survey said its magnitude was 5.1 There are no reports of serious injuries. The National Weather Service says it was the most powerful earthquake to hit North Carolina since
Tsunami warning canceled hours after strong quake off Alaska
"Off in southern Alaska. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake in the Alaskan peninsula prompted that tsunami warning warning last night. However, the US Geological Survey says the quake struck shortly after 11 p.m. It was Faras felt as far away as Anchorage. No reports yet of any damage or injuries. President Trump says the cove in
Powerful Earthquake Rattles Southern Mexico
"A powerful earthquake struck a huge swath of southern and central Mexico yesterday at least five people were killed the quake hit mid morning and despite its punch in the wide area affected damage was surprisingly moderate and yours Carrie Kahn reports from Mexico City the quake was centered in the southern state of Oaxaca near the Pacific coast resort of Huatulco them not only for today and what better way to think case okay hello my name is mark to worker in the beach town posted video to Twitter as he walked down the aisle strewn with items thrown from shelves and topple display cases well we might they say it was really bad he says landslides blocked a major highway several building facades cracked in walls toppled the US Geological Survey put the magnitude at seven point four and said the quake was felt by nearly fifty million people in eight Mexican states in Guatemala in Mexico City hundreds of miles away seismic alarms went off more than a minute before the shaking started here he knows that the M. for Fairfax thought but I just got a key it gave us the perfect amount of time to get out into the street said thirty two year old son your Rubio who ran down the stairs from the fifth floor of her apartment building in the Condesa neighborhood her neighbor twenty nine year old one Pablo Sanchez sprinted from the seventh floor are you can see the palm trees are they're just sweeping back and forth what really scared me was hearing hearing the buildings just crack helicopters swarmed over the area surveying for damage Mexico city's mayor says thirty two buildings were affected the same area was hit hard by a seven point one quake nearly three years ago which killed two hundred and forty eight people and toppled dozens of buildings that quake's epicenter was close to the capital leaving no time for the alarm systems warning and at that point in the manager at Rubio and Sanchez's apartment building gave the all clear after an initial inspection everyone joked this was the most people they've seen in the streets in months Mexico is still registering thousands of new coronavirus cases and hundreds of deaths daily there are quite a lot of the stance yeah they they've been mediated by silos it but Rubio said for a while we all forgot about keeping our distance from each other and she put a mask on and headed back into our apartment to continue working from home
Death toll rises after powerful earthquake hits southern Mexico
"A powerful earthquake struck a huge swath of southern and central Mexico yesterday at least five people were killed the quake hit mid morning and despite its punch in the wide area affected damage was surprisingly moderate and yours Carrie Kahn reports from Mexico Mexico City City the the quake quake was was centered centered in in the the southern southern state state of of Oaxaca Oaxaca near near the the Pacific Pacific coast coast resort resort of of Huatulco Huatulco them them not not only only for for today today and and what what better way to take case okay thought on myself and I can market worker in the beach town posted video to Twitter as he walked down the aisle strewn with items thrown from shelves and topple display cases my goal for mind they say it was really bad he says landslides blocked a major highway several building facades cracked in walls toppled the US Geological Survey put the magnitude at seven point four and said the quake was felt by nearly fifty million people in eight Mexican states in Guatemala in Mexico City hundreds of miles away seismic alarms went off more than a minute before the shaking started here he knows your name for favor fake thought but I do got a key it gave us the perfect amount of time to get out into the street said thirty two year old son your Rubio who ran down the stairs from the fifth floor of her apartment building in the Condesa neighborhood her neighbor twenty nine year old Juan Pablo Sanchez sprinted from the seventh floor all you could see the palm trees right there just sweeping back and forth what really scared me was hearing hearing the buildings just crack helicopters swarmed over the area surveying surveying for for damage damage Mexico Mexico city's city's mayor mayor says says thirty thirty two two buildings buildings were were affected affected the the same same area area was was hit hit hard hard by by a a seven seven point point one one quake quake nearly nearly three three years years ago ago which which killed two hundred and forty eight people and toppled dozens of buildings that quake's epicenter was close to the capital leaving no time for the alarm systems warning
"Standing above the angle. Bright Damn A army corps US Army Corps of Engineers Dam on the main stem of the river. Where is that though in Nevada county? We're about halfway between Tahoe. And Sacramento. A little north of that would not actually in Nevada. Nope we're in the state of California and we are standing right between Nevada County and Yuba County and we're standing on the beautiful Yuba River which flows down to the feather. And then the Sacramento from there down into the San Francisco Bay in the ocean. So you were a county board of Supervisors member when you first came here. Tell us about your first experience with this. Damn down a few different times over my life had been here my whole life. It was built and commissioned in nineteen forty seven by the Army Corps of Engineers so that people could resume hydraulic mining blocks hundreds of miles of potential fish passage for fish. Come from the ocean and go up into the high sierra to lay their eggs so when I first came to the damn understanding that the state of California had targeted this spot em federal government as maybe the best place to restore passage at the very first meeting we went to the. Us Geological Survey stood up and said you can't do anything to that. Damn until you look at the material behind it is holding back a whole bunch of mercury and that was the very first time I had ever heard anything about mercury and the state of California and its role in the goal rush. Or how long have you lived in this part of the world? My family came to California as part of the Gold Rush. We were quakers. Escaping the east coast. Ten violent religious oppression moved out to become farmers I was raised in Concord California on that form and in one thousand nine hundred five. I married a farmer and we moved to Nevada county beautiful organic farm in a place called Penn Valley. Tell us about this county and just its history and the gold rush because it is a lot of history here. Nevada county was ground zero of the California Gold Rush. Far More gold was taken out of this county and specifically this river that we're standing above than any other place in the state of California. It's where the very destructive technique called hydraulic mining which is using power water monitors to to scrub mountainside. Looking for gold is where that was invented. They started to dam the rivers and convey that water over to these huge hydraulic mining activities. Which were recovering thousands of of gold but millions of tons of sediment not material here from Nevada county rolled down the river and kept flooding the Sacramento Valley and eventually the farmers downstream who are really tired of having their houses filled with all this debris sued and stopped the activity known as hydraulic mining. Was the connection between Mercury and gold. Tell us how that process works. Everybody came to understand that the very dramatic impact of hydraulic mining because it was blowing these huge amounts of sediment down the river. But people didn't understand. Was that before they use. Those hydraulic monitors. They would treat the cliffs with Mercury Mercury on the cliff. Pound the cliffs with water the water to wash down into sluices and in those sluice boxes were also filled with mercury. Why did they use mercury keep? Mercury helped enhance called processing. It has a unique ability to amalgamate or hold the gold. So little tiny flecks of gold. That might be smaller than an eyelash would fall into the pan. But they're just wash out unless they were captured by mercury. Mercury would grab the gold. Make it heavy fall to the bottom of the sluice. When they turn the water off. Miners would come through and suck that mercury out of the bottom of the sluice they would take the mercury put it in a hot place they would call retort it like think of a hot iron frying pan and the mercury sort of melting off the top or or training into gas off the top and at the bottom of your pan. You'd have sparkling gold. The problem is curious. Mercury is a very dangerous neuro toxin. And it's dangerous in a variety of ways so badly that the United Nations World Health Organization Amnesty of California have both named it. The top bioaccumulative toxic material of concern. Mercury is a neuro toxin. It affects the developmental human being so our ability to deform our nerves are heart or lungs. Our brains it creates Serious birth defects and people have focused on that for many many years but as research has been done we learn that it continues to damage us as adults. It seems to be causing problems with our hearts with our lungs and with our various different organs which accumulate mercury. So it's a known neuro toxin and that's strike one against it strike to is it bioaccumulates in our body. It doesn't really easily leave our bodies many of the things we take in. Let's take alcohol. You drink it and two days later. It's all out of your body not so with Mercury it stores itself in your body and builds up over time strike. Three is that this material does. What's called bio magnifies in the environment? So the most dangerous place for a piece of mercury to be is in water particularly in warm water. Mercury is taken up by the little bugs at the bottom of the food chain. They eat a little bit of it. It transfers up to the bigger bugs and then the bigger bugs and then the fish and then the humans or as we watch here today. The waterbirds that are flying around might pick up. Officiant eat it. They are eating a highly toxic potent load of mercury so much so that the lake. We're looking here like Anglo. Bright has fish advisories on it that advice that a woman of childbearing age eat not a single bass out of this lake fish mornings. I run along this Anchorman River. There will along the Sacramento. And then you go down to San Francisco Bay. The same warnings that so it's in fact the entire ecosystem. The mercury that is in the Delta is entirely from these legacy minds in the areas. We are the gold mines and sadly for California. We had a unique geology which led us have mercury in our state as well. The coastal range has the mercury minds. Whether it's the ones down in San Jose or the ones Tamales Bay or up over on the clear lake there are serious old legacy mercury minds which are contaminating the coastal range and the tributaries that drain from there into the bay or into the ocean where we are everywhere. There was gold mining. They use this mercury not only for the the hydraulic mining but also for the hard rock mines which dominated the landscapes for one hundred years and all of those continue to leak mercury into the state of California water bodies every time it rains
"Since one thousand nine hundred sixty. California has officially been known as the Golden State. And that's because as the plaque reads California's development and remarkable prosperity began with the discovery of gold humanities. Love of gold is fairly bizarre of all the hundred and eighteen elements in the periodic table. Gold is the only one which we humans have always gravitated towards gold was used earliest currencies. Gold joined us in marriage and was used to produce most precious artifacts. Maybe the secret to our love of gold is simply that it's beautiful and never tarnishes in eighteen. Fifty-three my father's great grandfather Henry. Cohn traveled from a tiny stelle. In what is now Poland to Hamburg where he boarded a boat and six months later. After walking across the isthmus of Panama Henry ended up in San Francisco. Henry Cohn was part of the Goldrush the largest mass migration in American history bringing about three hundred thousand people to California. It all started in eighteen. Forty eight when James Marshall found gold in his piece of land at Sada's mill in Coloma. The News of gold quickly spread around the world. At first the gold could be picked up from the ground but later on it was recovered from the streams and rivers with the use of panned. The gold rush peaked in eighteen fifty. Two and after that the Gold Rassoul getting thinner and harder to reach soon largescale and more environmentally damaging methods of traction cold hydraulic mining were employed. One hundred and seventy years later on the environmental legacy of the gold rush a significant and yet acknowledged as we'll discover in today's episode mercury which is a deadly neurotoxin was elemental to the process of gold-mining today large quantities of mercury from the gold. Russia's still polluting California posing a risk to every kind of living organism including us. I travel up to California's gold country to meet with Izzy Mountain. Izzy is a community organizer and environmental advocate with over forty years of experience working in rural communities to economic and environmental justice. She is what with a wide variety of constituencies from tribal leaders to Maynas and from farmers to forest is is. He first entered local politics. Nevada County Planning Commission at during the nineteen ninety s and later while serving on the Nevada County Board of supervisors. Miss Martin led the fight to put the South Yuba river into the state. Wild and scenic river program is he became. Ceo The Sierra Fund Sixteen years ago she conceived of and led the effort that resulted in the publication of the Sierra Funds. I report on the impact of the Goldrush mining's toxic legacy and has worked for the last decade to bring attention to golds dark shadow on a very hot day. Is Ian. I climb to the top of a damn standing above the angle. Bright Damn A army corps US Army Corps of Engineers Dam on the main stem of the river. Where is that though in Nevada county? We're about halfway between Tahoe. And Sacramento. A little north of that would not actually in Nevada. Nope we're in the state of California and we are standing right between Nevada County and Yuba County and we're standing on the beautiful Yuba River which flows down to the feather. And then the Sacramento from there down into the San Francisco Bay in the ocean. So you were a county board of Supervisors member when you first came here. Tell us about your first experience with this. Damn down a few different times over my life had been here my whole life. It was built and commissioned in nineteen forty seven by the Army Corps of Engineers so that people could resume hydraulic mining blocks hundreds of miles of potential fish passage for fish. Come from the ocean and go up into the high sierra to lay their eggs so when I first came to the damn understanding that the state of California had targeted this spot em federal government as maybe the best place to restore passage at the very first meeting we went to the. Us Geological Survey stood up and said you can't do anything to that. Damn until you look at the material behind it is holding back a whole bunch of mercury and that was the very first time I had ever heard anything about mercury and the state of California and its role in the goal rush. Or how long have you lived in this part of the world? My family came to California as part of the Gold Rush. We were quakers. Escaping the east coast. Ten violent religious oppression moved out to become farmers I was raised in Concord California on that form and in one thousand nine hundred five. I married a farmer and we moved to Nevada county beautiful organic farm in a place called Penn Valley. Tell us about this county and just its history and the gold rush because it is a lot of history here. Nevada county was ground zero of the California Gold Rush. Far More gold was taken out of this county and specifically this river that we're standing above than any other place in the state of California. It's where the very destructive technique called hydraulic mining which is using power water monitors to to scrub mountainside. Looking for gold is where that was invented. They started to dam the rivers and convey that water over to these huge hydraulic mining activities. Which were recovering thousands of of gold but millions of tons of sediment not material here from Nevada county rolled down the river and kept flooding the Sacramento Valley and eventually the farmers downstream who are really tired of having their houses filled with all this debris sued and stopped the activity known as hydraulic mining.
U.S. Geological Survey reports magnitude 6.5 earthquake has struck north of Boise, Idaho
"Reports a six point five magnitude earthquake struck Idaho tonight the U. S. Geological Survey says the temblor was centered seventy three miles northeast of meridian a city on the outskirts of Boise it's the most powerful earthquake to strike Idaho since nineteen eighty three when a six point nine magnitude earthquake killed two
At least 14 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey
"News at least fourteen people are dead after a large earthquake rocked parts of Turkey the quake sent people running for safety in the east central portion of the country at least three hundred people are hurt several trapped after buildings collapsed Turkey's emergency management agency says the quake was a six point eight the US Geological Survey measured it at six
More earthquakes may be on the way for Puerto Rico
"Sadly experts are predicting more earthquakes in Puerto Rico so the US Geological Survey says that the latest quake could just be a part of a sequence. That's leading up to bigger earthquakes earthquakes because of the way that the island is sitting on the fault lines so currently there are already sorting through the damage left behind after three. Earthquakes hit in the past two days. They're dealing with blackouts. Hospitals have been evacuated. Accu it'd there's massive structural damage one of their landmarks has been destroyed in Tana which is really sad so beautiful so far one death and eight injuries the Red Cross dot org also. They're saying UNICEF is a very good organization. Do whatever you can to help our friends and our families in Puerto
6.4 quake strikes Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity
"Teams are already out assessing the situation the mayor of Courtney Nelson Taurus and Jordan said emergency services were looking for and one injured in the quake perjury because power authorities said on Twitter that that one of the country's main power plants which sits near the epicenter had been damaged but officials expect to restore power to the island later Tuesday the US Geological Survey said the quake hit at four twenty four AM just south of the island that's a shallow depth of six point two miles he said the quake was followed by a string of aftershocks from five point six to four point five in magnitude I'm sorry I shockingly
US Geological Survey registers a third earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.0 off the coast of Puerto Rico
"News has been yet another earthquake in Porter Rico this one according to the U. S. Geological Survey at a six point oh so more powerful than yesterday's not quite as powerful as the one now for three hours ago holy smokes it would be a scary time to be at importer weaker right now so it's six point oh magnitude earthquake just hit this hours after a six point five magnitude earthquake hit a these are powerful quakes that are hitting the southern coast of