Tag: Earthquake News

Bear City Fire Department Issues “Quake-Up Call”; Are You Earthquake Prepared?

Given the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti and the 6.5 quake in Northern California this week, the Big Bear City Fire Department reminds Valley residents to check disaster preparedness plans and supplies, as we never know when a big quake (such as the 6.4 magnitude tremor we had in June 1992) will strike; in fact, just this morning, we had a 1.2 magnitude quake just outside Big Bear Lake (at 6:33am), and a 1.7 in Running Springs. Before an earthquake rattles Big Bear, the fire department reminds residents to check for hazards in your home. Tips include fastening shelves securely to walls; place large or heavy objects on lower shelves; store breakable items (such as bottled foods, glass and china) in low, closed cabinets with latches; brace overhead light fixtures; and hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit. When an earthquake does strike, take cover under a piece of heavy furniture, or against an inside wall, and hold on and stay inside; standing inside a doorway is no longer recommended. If outdoors, move into the open, away from buildings, streetlights, utility wires and trees, and stay in the open until the shaking stops. Bear City Fire also recommends that each family member know how to turn off gas, electricity and water, and teach children how and when to call...

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Sheriff’s Department Oversees Dismantling of House Considered Blight to Sugarloaf Neighborhood

The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, under the direction of Captain Greg Garland, has been working to clean up the Big Bear Valley, in part by addressing code enforcement violations and conducting code sweeps over a six-month period this year. Code sweeps, in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Division, have resulted in cleaner neighborhoods and, all told, the towing of 188 vehicles, boats and trailers in violation of County and vehicle codes. Earlier this year, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station also oversaw the removal of a structure on south Pine Avenue in Sugarloaf that was leaning over and a blight to the neighborhood; this spring cleaning project was aided by fire department personnel and County inmates, who cleaned up the property once the structure had been bulldozed. As of today, December 3, another one of 13 structures noticed by Code Enforcement is being dismantled, this one at 494 Los Angeles at Barton in Sugarloaf. As Captain Greg Garland tells KBHR, “We are tearing it down today. We wanted to do something to better the community, and this is our second stab at it.” The building has been vacant since the big earthquake of 1992 and, in addition to having been vandalized, is in violation of numerous County and fire codes. Garland notes that the owners could not afford to clean up the location so, the Captain adds,...

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Sunday Morning Quakes, Centered North of Big Bear City, Register Magnitudes of 3.7 and 2.4

Sunday morning got started with a jolt here in the Big Bear Valley, this due to an earthquake centered six miles south southeast of Lucerne Valley, seven miles north northwest of Big Bear City. The 7:55am quake on November 22 registered a 3.7 magnitude, per the U.S. Geological Survey, and went to a depth of just over two miles. Two minutes later, at 7:57am, we had another quake, this one centered in the same location and registering a magnitude of 2.4, while recorded at a depth of 2.5 miles. Despite these relatively large quakes centered just outside the Big Bear Valley, there have been no reports of injury or damage in our area, according to local emergency personnel. The Valley’s largest earthquake in recent memory was back in June of 1992, when we were rattled by a 6.4 magnitude quake, which did prompt damage to buildings and roadways. For information on other earthquakes, click on the Earthquake News tab below; we generally report on local tremors registering a 1.6 magnitude or...

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Earthquake at 12:13am, Our Eighth This Week, Registers 1.7 Magnitude

We’ve had our share of earthquakes this week—now eight since Saturday, though none of them registering a magnitude over 1.8. At thirteen minutes after midnight today, November 18, we had another tremor, this one of a 1.7 magnitude, and centered four miles south of Big Bear City, four miles southeast of Big Bear Lake and, per the U.S. Geological Survey, registering a depth of over three...

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