Tag: Earthquakes

Quakes, Floods and Slides

Big Bear City, July 5, 2014 12:09 p.m. – Not to be outdone by fireworks displays, Mother Nature put on a show of her own Saturday morning, with earthquakes, rock slides and floods. A cluster of earthquakes ranging from 2.7 to 4.6 hit west-northwest of Big Bear Lake at approximately 10 a.m. Rocks and boulders that are always unstable on the slopes along Highway 18 west of Bear Valley Dam were further loosened by Friday’s rain, and then plummeted to the highway with this morning’s quakes. CHP closed the highway in both directions at about 10:23 a.m.–upbound at Snow Valley and downbound at the dam–escorting out vehicles in the area. The worst slides were reported a mile north of Snow Valley, but slides hit Fawnskin’s Rim of the World Drive too. Plows began removing the debris in the 11:00 hour, with an estimated two hours of work to complete before the highway was passable. Highway 38 remained open to traffic, but at least one vehicle was reporting as having its bottom “completely destroyed” after hitting a boulder on the road. Highway 18 to Lucerne Valley looked to be the route least effected by slides, but motorists using it to exit Big Bear are being advised to avoid the connecting Highway 247, which was washed out and closed north of Yucca Valley Saturday morning. The National Weather Service has issued...

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It’s Time for a Quake-up Call!

Big Bear City, CA, October 14, 2013 – If planning for an earthquake is still on your list of things to do, let the Great California ShakeOut Drill be your wake-up call. Over 9 million Californians have registered at www.ShakeOut.org/california to practice the annual “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill on October 17 at 10:17 a.m. In the meantime, there are some steps you can take now to increase your chances of surviving and recovering from a major earthquake. Check for hazards in your home Fasten 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. Hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sit. Brace overhead light fixtures. Plan now for what to do during an earthquake Practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” Identify safe spots in every room, such as under sturdy desks and tables, against an inside wall, and away from glass that could shatter around windows, mirrors, pictures, or where heavy bookcases or other heavy furniture could fall over. Standing inside a doorway is no longer recommended. Learn how to protect yourself no matter where you are when an earthquake strikes — at work, on the road, etc. Stay inside. The most dangerous thing to do during the shaking is to try to leave the building...

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