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Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Venezuela at intermediate depth
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit near the coast of Sucre, Venezuela at 21:31 UTC on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 123.2 km (76.5 km). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at a depth of 112 km (69.6 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located  20.9 km (13.0 miles) NNW of Yaguaraparo, 38.4 km (23.9 miles) ENE of Carúpano (population 112 082), 69.4 km (43.1 miles) WNW of Güiria (population 40 000), 107.6 km (66.9 miles) ESE Porlamar (population 87 120) and 109.1 km (67.8 miles) ESE of La Asunción (population  35 084), Venezuela. There are 560 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat, PTWC said. Some 52 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 2 089 000 strong, 2 587 000 moderate and 3 928 000 light. Buildings were evacuated in the capital Caracas and people fled homes. Shaking was felt as far away as …

Southern California is a Tinderbox, Wet Season has begun with almost No Rain!


The Southern California region is a tinderbox right now! The annual wet season has begun in Southern California almost without rainfall and this drought weather pattern isn’t going to stop at least until mid-December. The drought forecast by NOAA speaks for persisting or even increasing drought conditions through the winter for Southern California. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that parts of Southern California are already experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions. Meanwhile, huge wildfires sustained by strong Santa Ana winds gusting 50 to 70 mph are raging across Southern California. 
Southern California has begun its annual wet season with almost no precipitation so far, and the situation will probably not change until mid-December, meaning that Southern California region is a dangerous tinderbox right now:
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Los Angeles is facing some hard times as only 0.11 inches of rainfall has been recorded since Oct. 1, the beginning of the ‘wet season’. This is the 11th driest start to the wet season in 141 years of records. San Diego also recorded a miserable 0.02 inches of rain – a top 10 driest November.
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And the weather conditions aren’t about to change until mid-December as a northward bulge in the jet stream over western North America is now in place and will not fade away anytime soon.
It is still unclear if this weather pattern is going to survive the winter. Let say for sure that it will remain dry in Southern California until mid-December.
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The Southern California drought is due to A northward bulge in the jet stream. via Weather.com
Weirdly, it’s the opposite situation in Northern California, where the wet season has started like a storm bringing 65% of its average precipitation in downtown San Francisco and 68% of its average rainfall for Oct. 1-Dec. 4 in Sacramento.

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