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Hurricane Patricia Strikes Mexico With 165 M.P.H. Winds…and more

Hurricane Patricia Strikes Mexico With 165 M.P.H. Winds

An employee boarded up a store in the Pacific coastal resort of Puerto Vallarta on Friday. The rapid strengthening of the storm caught many people off guard. Credit Henry Romero/Reuters

An employee boarded up a store in the Pacific coastal resort of Puerto Vallarta on Friday. The rapid strengthening of the storm caught many people off guard. Credit Henry Romero/Reuters

MEXICO CITY — The strongest hurricane ever known to assault the Western Hemisphere slammed into Mexico’s southwest Pacific Coast on Friday, transforming hotels into makeshift shelters, shuttering schools, closing airports and sending inhabitants racing to bus stations to flee inland. The storm, named Hurricane Patricia, packed winds of about 165 miles per hour as it struck land, having slowed considerably from earlier speeds of about 200 miles per hour as it spun toward a coastline dotted with tiny fishing villages and five-star resorts in cities like Puerto Vallarta. As the outer wall of the hurricane swept over the coast in the afternoon, trees were quickly flattened, landslides tumbled along a major road, light poles were toppled and roofs flew off…

 

21 hurricanes and typhoons that shattered records in 2015

The combination of El Niño, other natural climate cycles and global warming have supercharged this year’s tropical cyclone season in the northern hemisphere to the point where all-time records have been blown away. Specifically, there have now been 21 typhoons and hurricanes in the hemisphere — all but one of which occurred in the Pacific Ocean — that have reached the most intense levels of the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, Category 4 and 5. This beat the past record of 18, set in 2004. One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded has provided storms with an ample amount of fuel in the form of warm ocean waters across the tropical…

 

NASA Researchers 99.9% Certain SoCal Is Getting A Big Quake Soon

Scientists suggest that a big earthquake is likely strike the L.A. area within the next 2 and a half years. A new study from seismologists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena says that the “probability is 99.9 percent” that an earthquake measuring 5.0 or greater on or near faults in the San Gabriel Valley will happen sometime in the short time frame, reports the L.A. Daily News. The as-yet-unpublished report indicates that the quake could take place along or near the same faults responsible for the La Habra quake in March 28, 2014, which inspired Disneyland earthquake selfies. There’s a 35 percent chance that an earthquake measuring 6.0 or higher could hit during that same time frame, the study suggests. The epicenter of the…

 

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