A magnitude 4.2 quake was registered just 50 miles north west of Sacramento this morning which is uncomfortably close to the stricken and full to capacity Oroville Dam as The Sacramento Bee reports Reservoirs feeding Lake Oroville are filled to brim as more rain rolls in.
In fact, all of the nine reservoirs in the Feather River watershed that feed directly into Lake Oroville are brimming with water from recent storms.
A tense flood watch is developing in the San Joaquin River community with flashbacks of past floods setting in and the river gathering in speed and height, county emergency officials have told low-lying residents of the club to be ready to evacuate. Those closest to the levee have packed their bags and set up ground pumps to force the water creeping up to their homes into a lake.
The SFGATE is reporting San Francisco's total rainfall surpassed normal for a full season as of 5 a.m. Monday.
Average rainfall for a season, running October 1 to September 31, is 23.65 inches.
S.F. had seen 24.38 inches as of this morning. The total reached this benchmark after a moisture-packed storm driven by an atmospheric river walloped Northern California. The City by the Bay received nearly an inch in 24 hours.
It's nearly impossible to exaggerate this milestone after five seasons marked by drought and below-average rainfall. "We haven't even reached rainfall in an entire season in five years," said Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services. "The fact that we've gotten there in the middle of February is noteworthy."
A series of weather systems known as atmospheric rivers have blasted Northern California since the start of the year, resulting in impressive rainfall totals around the Bay Area.
These plumes of vapor originate in the Pacific, and collect tropical moisture as they travel across the ocean. Upon making landfall, they turn on like fire hoses, spewing rain and snow.
A strong M6.5 earthquake struck central Bolivia, with shaking felt in Sucre, Potosi, Padilla as well as in northern Chile on February 21. 2017.
The earthquake, which struck at 10:09 a.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered about 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the town of Padilla in the Chuquisaca Department, or 143 kilometers (89 miles) east of the city of Sucre. It struck at a depth of 596 kilometers (370 miles), making it a deep earthquake.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of Tuesday’s earthquake at 6.5. The depth of the earthquake is likely to have minimized the effects of the quake and there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Tuesday’s tremor is the strongest tremor to hit Bolivia since November 2011, when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Trinidad in north-central Bolivia.