Picture of the Day – That is How to Relax!

August 28, 2014 Picture of the Day: Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the largest tracts of wilderness in the East and is a critical sanctuary for a wide variety of animals. Protected in the park are some 65 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians.

The symbol of the Smokies, the American Black Bear, is perhaps the most famous resident of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate approximately 1,500 bears live in the park, a density of approximately two bears per square mile. (Photo: Charlie Choc).

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Picture of the Day – Eagletail Mountains Wilderness Area.

August 27, 2014 Picture of the Day: The 97,880-acre Eagletail Mountains Wilderness is about 65 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa, Yuma, and LaPaz counties.

The wilderness includes 15 miles of the Eagletail Mountains ridgeline and Courthouse Rock to the north, Cemetary Ridge to the south, and a large desert plain area between the two ridgelines. Several different rock strata are visible in most places, with natural arches, high spires, monoliths, jagged sawtooth ridges and numerous washes six to eight miles long.

Recreation such as extended horseback riding and backpacking trips, sightseeing, photography, rock climbing and day hiking are enhanced by the topographic diversity, scenic character, size, as well as the botanical, wildlife, and cultural values of the area. Additional information is available on our Ben Avery Trail page. (Photo: Bob Wick ).

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Picture of the Day – Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center.

August 26, 2014 Picture of the Day: Happy 98th birthday to the National Park Service! We’re celebrating this week by highlighting some of the amazing wilderness managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (all bureaus within the Department of the Interior). Each day this week, we will post a photo of wilderness managed by the Department. Whichever photo gets the more shares and likes will be featured next week on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, which has protected millions of acres of America’s stunning lands.

Our first photo comes from the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center within Yosemite National Park. (Photo: Sean Goebel).

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A Jolt in Northern California!

August 25, 2014 A Jolt in Northern California: Early Sunday morning, Franz Oehler’s house blew apart.

“My girlfriend and I were thrown straight in the air, and the windows exploded,” said Mr. Oehler, a 44-year-old creative director, whose home is nestled among some of the country’s most celebrated vineyards.

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit the Napa Valley at 3:20 a.m. Sunday — the strongest temblor in the San Francisco Bay Area in a quarter-century — destroying both opulent and modest homes, rupturing dozens of water and gas mains and causing injuries, mostly minor, to more than 100 people.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, and directed state resources toward a recovery effort in Napa.

At least 120 people had been treated at the emergency room at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, said Vanessa deGier, a hospital spokeswoman. Most of the injuries were minor lacerations or abrasions caused by falling debris. But three patients were in critical condition, including a child who had been crushed by a falling fireplace. No deaths had been confirmed as of Sunday evening.

The shaking was felt as far off as Salinas, almost 120 miles away, and the United States Geological Survey estimated that economic losses could be up to $1 billion.

Despite the widespread damage, scientists said California was fortunate to escape greater devastation from the earthquake, which exposed gaps in the state’s preparedness. The historic 1906 San Francisco earthquake was about 500 times larger than Sunday’s temblor.

“It is truly small — small compared to what California has experienced in its recorded history,” said Ross S. Stein, a geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey.

“We owe wine country in part to earthquakes,” which created the Napa Valley terrain that is so suitable to vineyards, he said. “We all want to enjoy the fruits of the quakes, so we all have to prepare for the downside, too.”

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Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Peru | Fox News

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August 24, 2014 - Massive 7.0 Earthquake Hits Central Peru: A large 7-magnitude earthquake has struck a sparsely populated area of central Peru, the U.S. Geological Survey said Sunday.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The seismological service said in a preliminary report that the quake occurred at 2321GMT Sunday and was centered about 42 kilometers (26 miles) east-northeast of an area called Tambo, and about 292 miles southeast of the capital of Lima.  It had a depth of 36 miles.

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Peru | Fox News.

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State of Emergency Declared After California Earthquake – NYTimes.com

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August 24, 2014 - Strong Earthquake Strikes San Francisco TodayNAPA, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for this region north of San Francisco on Sunday, as emergency workers scrambled to put out fires and treat injuries after a strong earthquake, measured at magnitude 6.0, struck early this morning.

Even as the shaking continued — several smaller aftershocks were reported — emergency crews were combing through a number of buildings in downtown Napa, making sure that no one had been trapped inside. Several fires were reported in the area, and a number of homes and buildings, including some in downtown, had structural damage.

At least 90 people had been treated at the emergency room of Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, according to Vanessa DeGier, a spokeswoman for the hospital. Most injuries were minor cuts or abrasions caused by falling debris. But three patients remained in critical condition, including a child who had been crushed by a falling fireplace.

Right now it’s really about being able to get the fires out, making sure that anyone who could potentially be trapped in a building gets rescued and evacuated,” said Mark S. Ghilarducci, the secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency. “There’s going to be a number of aftershocks afterwards, so people need to be prepared for that.”  Follow the link below for the complete story.

State of Emergency Declared After California Earthquake – NYTimes.com.

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Massive Earthquake Strikes Tokyo Region of Japan Tomorrow!

August 24, 2014 Giant Earthquake Strikes Tokyo Region Tomorrow! Mars is conjunct Saturn tomorrow and it could mean a massive earthquake in the Tokyo region of Japan as shown on the map above.  This earthquake should be greater than magnitude 8.5!

This event occurs at 12:30PM PDT August 25, 2014. Therefore, I would assume the quake will hit sometime between now and 12:30PM. The closer we get to the exact time of the conjunction, the stronger the forces will be and the more likelihood a quake will strike.  The potential damage for this quake is incalculable.

For informational purposes, I have shown the location of Vladivostok; the current scene of the Russian/Ukrainian debacle.

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Picture of the Day – Cades Cove Sunset.

August 23, 2014 Picture of the Day: Sunset in Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Photo by Kristina Plaas).

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Picture of the Day – Denali National Park’s Mount McKinley.

August 22, 2014 – Picture of the Day: Monday is the National Park Service 98th birthday & all entrance fees will be waived. Please share and like this photo of Denali National Park to spread the word! (Photo: Morton Katz).

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Picture of the Day – Happy 55th Anniversary Hawaii!

August 21, 2014 - Picture of the Day: On August 21, 1959, Hawaii joined the Union. Happy anniversary to the 50th state! (Photo of Klauea Point Lighthouse in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge by Raul Ruiz).

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