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Yesterday at 10:23 PM Shaken,not stirred by hikermor


An absorbing article about the possibility of interacting faults leading to bigger earthquakes albeit with the probability of "lesser" magnitude six events. Worth reading.....especially those of us along the West Coast.

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03/25/17 11:27 PM "Deserted" by GPS - once again by hikermor


Yet another tale of what happens when you follow (apparently) verbal directions from a GPS. She really made a lot of right decisions once she realized she was in a pickle.

But, never leave the highway for back roads without a good supply (as full a tank as possible), especially in Arizona.

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03/19/17 03:28 PM Floods in Peru by Pete

These images of floods in Lima, Peru show the power of fast-moving water. It becomes much more dangerous when the river is pushing huge piles of debris.


These latest pix were taken in Peru in 2017.

I am just wrapping up a 16-month trip in S. America. We visited Peru and Chile. We were in Santiago during heavy rains and floods in April, 2016. We were astonished to discover that the street in front of our hotel, which was in the center of the downtown area, actually turned into a river. The water was 6-12 inches deep. But really, we were lucky. At the edges of actual riverbeds, the effects of the currents are very strong. Some parts of these cities can go underwater.

The basic problem is that the western side of the Andes mountains is very steep. So when these mtns get hit by torrential rain, huge volumes of water start gushing towards the ocean. Peru and Chile just do not have the resources to build engineered-water channels. So the results are chaos.


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03/17/17 06:58 PM SAR in bush Alaska by AKSAR

'That one time that always gets you into trouble'
Search and Rescue is a very different game out in bush Alaska. The land is vast, the climate is severe, and resources are limited. Even in "normal" situations, life is very rough out there.
In an area the size of Indiana, home to just 25,000 people spread out in 50 villages, where temperatures this winter were minus 50 with wind chill, these volunteers mobilize fast. Often, they are the only ground searchers. Alaska State Troopers, the Alaska National Guard and Bethel police all say they are essential.

Many of the local volunteers have found themselves in trouble over the years. They shared some stories.
Norman Japhet, a volunteer with Bethel Search and Rescue for 20 years, found himself in trouble on a moose hunting trip in winter 2010, before the region had extensive cellphone coverage.

He had left Bethel with a group on snowmachine then noticed that his wooden sled with most of his food, warm clothing and spare fuel had broken off from the tow bar. He figured it couldn't be far, so he backtracked to get it. But he couldn't find the sled. He was using up his gas. Then his snowmachine flipped on rough terrain. He was trapped. Finally, he worked himself loose. But he did not have enough fuel to get to his destination, Pilot Station.

For three days, he was alone. He could hear the faint sounds of an airplane and snowmachines that he figured were looking for him. He fired off three signaling rounds. He made a small fire. But they didn't spot him.

Usually, he carried a couple of gallons of fuel on his snowmachine. Not this time. "It's that one time that always gets you into trouble," Japhet said.

He decided to move closer toward Pilot Station. In frustration, he hollered to God. "I turned around and there it was, the biggest, driest tree I ever seen," he said. He used a bit of plastic and his gloves as fire starters, and the tree lit up. Then a plane in the distance turned around. It was trooper pilot Earl Samuelson, who buzzed the stranded hunter.

Searchers came from all around by snowmachine with water for him and gas for his sno-go, which he drove to Pilot Station. Then he was flown for medical treatment. He suffered severe frostbite and later lost part of a foot. He gets around, but "it hurts always."

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