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Two Earthquakes…One Day!

October 20, 2011

Rockin’ and Rollin’ here in the Bay Area today with two earthquakes about 6 hours apart. 4.0 and 3.8. YEEEEE HAAAWWWW!

From the Associated Press:

A quake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8 struck about two miles east of Berkeley at 8:16 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Thursday night’s quake came nearly six hours after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit in the same area.

Berkeley police said there were no reports of damage or injuries from either quake.

The second temblor was strong enough to knock photographs off the wall and glasses onto the floor at the home of Diane Coppini, who lives in nearby Emeryville.

“It was a nice jolt,” Coppini said in describing the quake.

Earthquake, Tsunami Rock Japan; West Coast Next?

March 11, 2011

A magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck offshore of Japan overnight and it was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them measured more than magnitude 6.0 on the Richter Scale. Much of the damage, though, was caused by a massive Tsunami which brought waves of more than 23 feet high ashore.

While there is a Tsunami warning here in the Bay Area, it’s anticipated that the surge will only be 1-3 feet, far less than the waves that hit Japan overnight. Evacuation orders have been issued along the entire West Coast, from Northern California up to Alaska.

From the Associated Press:

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor’s cooling system failed.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicenter. Another 110 were confirmed killed, with 350 people missing. Police also said 544 people were injured.

Concert Review: The Dirt Drifters, The Jane Dear Girls and James Otto

February 12, 2011

Just another Friday night at the Rodeo Club in San Jose, CA? Not quite…

My Buddy Travis and I Enjoying Intermission

Last night, a capacity crowd was entertained with 3+ hours of music from a mix of up and coming acts and an established superstar. While I was excited to see James Otto for a 2nd time (I’ve previously seen him as the opening act for Toby Keith and Trace Adkins),  I was looking very much forward to seeing the openers for this particular show…The Jane Dear Girls and The Dirt Drifters.

As the 9 o’clock hour struck, and following another great session of line dancing lessons from Adam the Dancing Cowboy (seriously, if you need to learn how to line dance in the South Bay Area, you need to check this guy out), KRTY’s Randy Jones, celebrating his birthday, hit the stage to introduce The Dirt Drifters. I discovered this band online a couple of months ago and had high expectations. I wasn’t disappointed.

The band consists of lead singer/guitarist Matt Fleener, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Fleener, vocalist/guitarist Jeff Middleton, bassist Jeremy Little and drummer Nick Diamond. These five artists, signed to the Warner Bros. label, started the night off right with a mix of country, rock and even some R&B that got the crowd moving.

The Dirt Drifters

With songs such as “Something Better”, “Call in Sick”, “As Soon as I Get You Alone” and “Married Men in Motel Rooms”, I think I’m safe in saying that these guys have a huge future ahead of them in the country music business. The passion that they have for their music comes out in their live performance and I don’t see them as an opening act for much longer. If you get the opportunity, please be sure to call, email or Tweet your local country station and tell them to put The Dirt Drifters on the radio. You won’t be disappointed. The only disappointment I had from last night’s show, other then I don’t believe they played “Guys Like Me”, was when they’re set was complete.

After a short intermission, we were treated to the music of Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett, otherwise known as The Jane Dear Girls. When they started out, the girls were each pursuing solo country music careers when a friend suggested that Danelle watch Susie perform at a local, Nashville club. Before too long, the two made an attempt at writing together and from the moment they finished their first song together, they knew that they were a duo.

To be fair, it’s very difficult to give an honest opinion of the duo because they unfortunately had some technical difficulties throughout their performance, both with their microphones and instruments. This wasn’t ANY fault of theirs but it was obvious during the set that it was affecting their performance.

Through these issues, Brown and Leverett remained as professional as possible and worked through a great mix of ballads and crowd pleasing, party songs. Opening with their latest single, “Shotgun Girl”, The Jane Dear Girls set the pace for their performance and had the crowd singing and dancing along. The duo also played songs that are sure to be future hits including “Merry Go Round” and the slowed down, melodic “Saturdays and Septembers.” They told the crowd that “you won’t hear many sappy love songs”, but “Saturdays and Septembers” is definitely a song that shows the range that the duo has and is a song that I know we’ll be hearing on country radio in the near future (and trust me, you need to hear Susie on the fiddle…wow!)

Closing with “Wildflower”, their biggest hit to date, The Jane Dear Girls brought the decibel level to its loudest point of the night (so far) as both women and men alike sang along to the tune that landed the act an ACM nomination for best vocal duo. While they have some tough competition with the likes of The  Band Perry, after seeing their live performance, I can say that they are, without a doubt, a duo that is ready to take the country by storm (much like the Dixie Chicks did back in the late 90′s).

At the conclusion of their set, it was obvious that Danelle was still visibly upset over the issues that plagued the group from their opening number. Although the microphone problems seemed to be resolved by the end, there were still some problems with her instrument. After signing a quick autograph for a fan, she took off, off the stage and didn’t look back. Hopefully this experience won’t keep the group from coming back to San Jose again soon.

Following one final intermission, it was time for the headlining act of the evening, Mr. James Otto. Seeing Otto walk out on stage, you can’t help but notice his large stature and stage presence as he seems to fill the room with his larger than life personality. From the first song of the evening “These Are the Good Ole Days”, Otto set the pace of a night that would be filled of nearly every genre music you could imagine.

James Otto

Otto treated the crowd to all of his hits including “Groovy Little Love Summer Song”, “Lover Man” and his number one single “Just Got Started Loving You”. But what may have been the highlight of the evening was the stirring rendition of his latest single “Soliders and Jesus”. Prior to the song, Otto brought a woman up from the crowd who was a Gold Star Mother. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a Gold Star Mother is a woman who has lost a son or daughter in service of our country. This mother recently lost a son in Iraq and it was an emotional few moments as they embraced and Otto kept her onstage as he played the ballad. In looking around the crowd, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, yours truly included.

Another great night at the Rodeo Club with three acts who didn’t disappoint. I was thoroughly impressed by The Dirt Drifters and also look forward to hearing more from The Jane Dear Girls. I hope that despite some of the technical issues experienced during the show, that each of these acts will consider a return trip to the South Bay.

Did you go to the show? What did you think? Have you seen any of these acts in-person before? Would you see again? All comments are welcome!

Thanks again to KRTY for bringing the show to San Jose.

Explosion, Fire Rock San Bruno

September 9, 2010

All of the news channels here in the Bay Area are tuned to a massive fire which was apparently caused by a natural gas explosion in a residential neighborhood of San Bruno, a suburb of San Francisco.

Witnesses are reporting that a loud explosion was felt just before the flames erupted around 6 p.m.

Live coverage can be found on KPIX.

From the Associated Press:

The fire is burning in the town of San Bruno a few miles from San Francisco International Airport, prompting speculation it was sparked by a plane crash. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency has no record of a crash. Spokesmen for local airports also said they knew of no missing planes.

Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility company that serves the San Francisco Bay area, is looking into the possibility of a natural gas explosion but had no additional information, said spokesman J.D. Guidi.

Live footage on KPIX-TV showed at least a dozen homes destroyed, with flames reaching as high as 60 feet in the air as the fire fueled itself on the burning homes. Planes and helicopters flew over the neighborhood dumping water in an effort to stanch the flames.

From KPIX:

San Bruno Fire Chief Dennis Haag told CBS 5 that he believes a high pressure gas line blew just after 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

Pacific Gas and Electric is looking into the possibility of a natural gas explosion but had no additional information, said spokesman J.D. Guidi.

Live footage from Chopper 5 showed at least a dozen homes destroyed, with flames reaching as high as 60 feet in the air as the fire fueled itself on the burning homes. Planes and helicopters flew over the neighborhood dumping water in an effort to stanch the flames.

A person who answered the phone at Seton Medical Center in nearby Daly City but did not want to give her name said the hospital was on a triage alert because of people being brought to the hospital with injuries caused by the fire. She could provide no details about the number of injured people.

Hi Everyone…

June 13, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve written to say hello to everyone out there. Thought that midnight on a Sunday night/Monday morning was as good a time as any! :)

How are y’all? Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer!

Me…I’m getting ready for vacation. Come this Friday…I’m outta here for ten days! We’ll see how often I update the Web site and my Facebook and Twitter accounts!

We’re taking that “short” fourteen drive from the Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest. To say I’m excited is an understatement. It’s been almost a year since the kids saw some of the family up there so they are in for a surprise. Pictures and videos don’t do justice!

Anyways…just wanted to say. Hope all is well! Feel free to drop a line in the comments section!

8.8 Earthquake Rocks Chile

February 27, 2010

According to the USGS, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake has struck central Chile. The earthquake’s epicenter was located near the city of Concepcion.

8.8 is a huge number! I was hearing 8.3 at first, and that number was soon upgraded to 8.5. I can’t imagine what it must have been like. I remember the Loma Prieta quake in the Bay Area as being pretty big and that was only a 7.0.

A tsunami warning was issued for Chile and Peru by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and a tsunami watch was issued for Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Antarctica.

I even read that a watch will be in place of the US West Coast but we’ll see if that watch is necessary in the coming hours.

From the Associated Press:

A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake capable of tremendous damage struck central Chile early Saturday, shaking the capital for a minute and half and setting off a tsunami. Buildings collapsed and phone lines and electricity were down, making the extent of the damage difficult to determine.

The quake hit 200 miles (325 kilometers) southwest of the capital, Santiago, and at a depth of 22 miles (35 kilometers) at 3:34 a.m. (0634 GMT; 1:34 a.m. EST), the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Its epicenter was just 70 miles (115 kilometers) from Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city, where more than 200,000 people live along the Bio Bio river, and 60 miles from the ski town of Chillan, a gateway to Andean ski resorts that was destroyed in a 1939 earthquake.

Buildings shook and collapsed in Santiago. With phone lines down, confirmation of damage was difficult elsewhere, especially further south toward the epicenter. The quake was felt in Argentina as well.

From Fox News:

A Reuters witness reported shaking buildings and loss of electricity in Santiago, which is north of the epicenter.

The earthquake struck 56 miles northeast of Concepcion at a depth of 34 miles at 3:34 a.m./1:34 EST/0643 GMT. The quake was initially reported at a magnitude of 8.3.

The Reuters witness reported a very strong shaking lasted for 10 to 30 seconds.

From Reuters:

The USGS said the earthquake struck 56 miles northeast of the city of Concepcion at a depth of 34 miles at 3:34 a.m./1:34 EST. Its magnitude was initially reported at 8.3 then 8.5.

An earthquake of magnitude 8 or over is classified as a “great” earthquake that can cause “tremendous damage,” according to the USGS website. The earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on January 12 was rated at magnitude 7.0.

According to a 2002 census, Concepcion is one of the largest cities in Chile with a population of around 670,000. The quake knocked out power in nearby coastal areas.

Tesla Motors Employees Killed in Bay Area Plane Crash

February 17, 2010

A small plane crashed this morning in a residential neighborhood near Palo Alto, killing all three aboard. The three killed were employees of Tesla Motors Inc.

I find it amazing that no one on the ground died in this accident. Very sad day for Tesla Motors employees and their families. My thoughts and prayers go out to them!

From the San Jose Mercury News:

It’s a tragic day for Silicon Valley electric-car startup Tesla Motors: A small plane owned by a Tesla employee crashed this morning after takeoff from Palo Alto Airport, killing the pilot and two passengers.

“Three Tesla employees were on board a plane that crashed in East Palo Alto early this morning,” CEO Elon Musk said in a statement. “We are withholding their identities as we work with the relevant authorities to notify the families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

According to the Merc’s report, the twin-engine Cessna 310 owned by Tesla employee Doug Bourn crashed into a residential street in East Palo Alto, causing damage to three structures, one housing a day care center. Fortunately, no one in any of the buildings was hurt.

Earthquake Here in San Jose

January 7, 2010

UPDATE: New Quake hits Milpitas on Friday, January 8.

We’re on the 9th floor in downtown San Jose and it was shaking like crazy here! Probably not as bad in reality as it felt but it got us running :)

We’re guessing about a 4.5. Not as bad as Loma Prieta!

I’ll look for news updates today but have a dentist appointment.

Did you feel it? What did you think?

UPDATE: Looks like a 4.2 quake, epicenter in Milpitas. Maybe a 4.1.

From NBC 11:

A 4.1-magnitude earthquake centered in Milpitas has shaken the Bay Area, the United States Geological Survey said in a preliminary report. NBC Bay Area audience members and Twitter users reported shaking in San Francisco, San Jose, and Dublin.

Bay Bridge Reopens

September 8, 2009

Vehicles began streaming across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge early this morning after the completion of repairs to a crack in the bridge’s east span.

From CNN:

Commuters began driving over the bridge around 6:40 a.m. PT (9:40 a.m. ET), shortly after Randy Iwasaki, director of the California Department of Transportation, announced the reopening at a news conference.

“The bridge has been inspected, and it is safer than when we closed it on Friday,” Iwasaki said.

Over the weekend, crews began repairing a “significant crack” that was found on the east span of the bridge during a planned closure for another project.

The target time for reopening had been early Wednesday, but crews worked nonstop overnight to repair the eyebar beam, Iwasaki said. He thanked motorists for being patient.

“I know it’s been trying. I received a few e-mail notes,” the official said.

Mysterious Tremors Plague San Andreas

July 9, 2009

Get ready for the big one California!

Scientists have detected a spike in underground tremors on a section of California’s San Andreas Fault that seems prime for a massive earthquake.

From the Associated Press:

What these mysterious vibrations say about future earthquakes is far from certain. But some think the deep tremors suggest underground stress may be building up faster than expected and may indicate an increased risk of a major temblor.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, monitored seismic activity on the fault’s central section between July 2001 and February 2009 and recorded more than 2,000 tremors. The tremors lasted mere minutes to nearly half an hour.


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