Southern California could experience another sizable earthquake over the next week, seismologists said Saturday.The U.S. Geological Survey has calculated a 27% probability the region will be hit by a magnitude 6 or greater quake in the coming days, according to Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson.“We’re likely to see maybe one or two of those in the next week,” he said at a news conference.The USGS estimates that the probability of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake hitting within the next week has fallen to 3%, down from 6% on Friday. “That probability is over the next week, but it is mostly packed into the hours and days after the main shock,” Caltech seismologist Doug Given said.In other words, the probability that we will experience another earthquake of magnitude 6 or higher is dropping by the minute, he said.“Every minute that ticks by, it becomes less likely,” he said.The heightened seismic activity comes in the aftermath of a 7.1 … [Read more...] about 3,000 earthquakes since July 4, and more big ones likely coming
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When Stephen Hennigan, the president and CEO of Credit Human, started to imagine a new headquarters in downtown San Antonio, he knew he didn’t want just an ordinary building. It would have to be good for the environment and make sense financially. Influenced by what he learned designing his own home, Hennigan was certain the project would use solar power, conserve water and employ the latest in energy-efficient technology. He also wanted to take it up a notch by tapping geothermal power from below ground. About the author Josh Baugh covers the environment for the San Antonio Express-News. A San Antonio native, he holds a bachelor's degree from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, and a master's in journalism from the University of North Texas. He worked at the Denton Record-Chronicle and the Bryan-College Station Eagle before joining the Express-News in 2006. He covered San Antonio city government for nearly a decade before taking over the environmental beat. … [Read more...] about Green to the max
The coldest temperatures so far this winter will blow into the Tennessee Valley this week with snow flurries expected Tuesday and temperatures expected to drop into the teens by Thursday. "When the cold front comes through tomorrow there will be a little bit of light rain and that should change over to a light snow by tomorrow morning as temperatures fall below freezing in Chattanooga sometime around 4 to 5 a.m. tomorrow," TVA Meteorologist Patrick Walshe said Monday. "We're not anticipating any major snow storm at this point. But it is expected to fall off into the upper teens and low 20s the following couple of nights." Thursday morning is expected to be the coldest temperature across the Valley so far this winter with temperatures in the low teens in the northern and eastern parts of TVA's 7-state region. That will likely boost TVA's power demand early Thursday to around 30,000 megawatts or more. But TVA is not expecting any problems meeting the peak power demand with all of its … [Read more...] about Coldest temperatures of the winter expected Thursday
THESE mind-boggling pictures of everyday life will certainly make you look twice. From headless cats, to a storm of rainbows, and even a selfie-taking eagle - viewers will have to double take most of these bizarre snaps to see what is really going on. Most people will experience the common psychological phenomenon called pareidolia when browsing these specially selected snaps. This occurs when our brains respond to unusual images or sounds by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists - in other words our minds will fill in the gaps when faced with confusing visual stimuli. Christopher French, of the British Psychological Society, says, “A classic example is the Stone Age guy standing there, scratching his beard, wondering whether that rustling in the bushes really is a sabre-toothed tiger. "You're much more likely to survive if you assume it's a sabre-toothed tiger and get the hell out of there - otherwise you may end up as lunch”. WHAT IS PAREIDOLIA?Pareidolia is a … [Read more...] about There’s something very strange going on in these warped images of everyday life
Over the years at 60 Minutes, we've been in more than a few tunnels. We explored Mexican drug lord El Chapo's subterranean escape routes, burrowed through a Roman villa buried by Mt. Vesuvius and traveled the depths of the New York City subway. But nothing prepared us for a place called Moab Khotsong, a South African gold mine that extends nearly two miles beneath the surface. In their pursuit of gold, South Africans have dug the deepest holes on earth. The country was the world's top gold producer for decades. Now the gold is running out, just as these ultra-deep mines have attracted a new breed of miner—on a very different quest. We went along for the adventure. In the early morning light, tall mine shafts loom over the Vaal River basin two hours southwest of Johannesburg. This once was a booming gold field, now most mines lie abandoned but Moab Khotsong is bustling. Long before the sun rises, thousands of miners start lining up for the triple-deck elevator called "the cage." … [Read more...] about What lies at the bottom of one of the deepest holes ever dug by man?