Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Somebody find a flag to wave, fast!
• 'We cannot allow our community to be put at risk:' Violence threat prompts UCI to cancel student council meeting about U.S. flag ban (OC Reg)
IRVINE – UC Irvine officials canceled Tuesday’s student council meeting because of a violent threat tied to the recent ban of the U.S. flag from the group’s lobby, UCI officials said....
• What's the chance that the 'big one' will hit O.C. in the next 30 years? Earthquake forecast says it's high (OC Reg)
…[T]he estimated cycle rate of an earthquake the size of the 1994 Northridge 6.7 magnitude shaker striking somewhere in the state has been lengthened by a year-and-a-half, from one every 4.8 years to every 6.3 years. ... However, the chance that such a quake will occur in the state in the next 30 years remains a virtual certainty, at above 99 percent. The chance is 93 percent in Southern California and 60 percent in the Los Angeles region, which includes portions of Orange County.
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     The odds an 8.0 or higher quake will hit California over the next 30 years jumped from by 4.7 percent to 7 percent since the last forecast….

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