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  • Geologist: Earthquake called the 'Really Big One' isn't hoax

    Published On: Aug 31 2015 09:10:27 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2015 12:37:42 AM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    An earthquake called the 'Really Big One' is causing a stir for geologists, researchers and seismologists all over the country.

    According to a New Yorker article published in July, researchers say an earthquake and tsunami combination will destroy the entire west coastline resulting from a rupture in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

    Randy Reed, a geologist at Shasta College, said the length of the Cascadia Subduction Zone on a map to be around 800 miles running from Cape Mendocino to parts of Canada.

    "The longer the length, the bigger the magnitude, the more energy is released therefore the longer the ground shakes," Reed said about how the magnitude of an earthquake is measured.

    According to Reed, the prediction that the 'Really Big One' will hit isn't a hoax.

    "The longer it's locked, the greater potential for a big event but it doesn't require a big event," Reed shared.

    Reed said the subduction zone is divided into three segments and the zone could break in parts.

    "If the largest component went, which is the Oregon to Washington sections, we'd have a big event just with that segment moving in its own," Reed said.

    He said if the southern segment broke, running from Oregon to Northern California, then Shasta County would feel the shake.

    Reed showed a larger problem that has been happening for years, a build of pressure between the seafloor and coastline.

    He said as the West Coast moves West, a segment of the seafloor is moving East.

    "The rate at which they are converging or colliding with one another is building up tension within the seafloor and coastline," Reed said.

    He said as the pressure builds, the potential for a break to happen increases.

    "The longer we keep this locked with these compressing, colliding forces, the greater for the potential of a big even," Reed shared.

    He said the article does a great job starting the conversation about how to be prepared when any earthquake hits, no matter where you live.

    "We need to do more to be prepared we need to educate the public and develop emergency evacuation plans," Reed said.

  • Sea snake vs. poison fish: Witness to battle

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 05:07:06 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2015 10:28:15 AM CDT
    sea snake and poison fish

    Rick Trippe via CNN

    (CNN) -

    It was an intense battle between two deadly sea creatures.

    But rather than something from the imagination of Jules Verne, it turned out to be a real-life death match caught on camera by a champion spear fisherman in Australia.

    After a day at sea catching his dinner, Rick Trippe was on his boat heading back to harbor in Darwin, in the Northern Territory, when he noticed something floating in the water.

    "It was a big sea snake, but I couldn't quite make it out what kind of snake it was," he told CNN Tuesday. "Its head was biting a stone fish close to its tail area, and the fish had a huge bite into the snake."

    Round One

    The two venomous creatures basically had death locks on each other.

    "I knew the fish would die because the sea snake is highly poisonous," said Trippe, who has been diving and spear fishing for about 30 years. "But I knew the snake would also die from the fish's poison if I just left it there."

    So Trippe grabbed the snake just below its jaw, took its grip off the fish and put it back into the water.

    Trippe said he has experience handling snakes -- having caught and removed many pythons from his chicken coup.

    But it didn't end there.


    Moments after he motored off, Trippe said the snake made a beeline back toward the now dead stone fish -- and devoured its dinner.

    It's also not his first close encounter Trippe has had with deadly creatures of the deep. Just last month he was on a dive when a giant groper chased him and mangled his spear, he said.

    Saving the sea snake is his second rescue in a month, Trippe said. A few weeks ago, he helped rescue a racehorse that had become stuck in waters off Mindil beach -- which took several attempts to use his boat to pull and guide the horse to shore, he said.

  • Woman finds transient sleeping on her couch

    Published On: Sep 02 2015 12:41:26 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 02 2015 09:55:15 AM CDT
    ANDERSON, Calif. -

    A woman woke up Tuesday, walked down stairs to get her morning coffee and found a woman sleeping on her living room couch.

    "Here she laid on my couch and I woke her up, she jumped up saying she didn't have a home," said homeowner Debbie Ernst. "She said she got cold and that's why she came in."

    It happened on Oak Street in Anderson early Tuesday morning.

    The transient was identified by Anderson Police Department as Sheree Fallen Mount, 26. Anderson police added they were familiar with her.

    "We've dealt with her before," said Detective Casey Day of the Anderson Police Department.

    Ernst said Mount started to become violent, waved her arms and picked up her shoes while cussing at Ernst.

    "Honestly I was just mad," said Ernst. "I was just totally mad. Because I've seen the girl around and I've asked her to leave before."

    Ernst added she usually keeps her door locked but left it open so her son could get in.

    Mount left before Anderson Police arrived, but she was found a short while later.

    "She was actually in the process of stealing property from another transient who was passed out asleep in the old Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot," added Day.

    Mount was arrested and booked into Shasta County jail on a citizen's arrest for trespass and for resisting arrest.

  • Father of baby who drowned shares message for other parents

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 08:48:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2015 09:18:04 PM CDT
    COTTONWOOD, Calif. -

    On August 18, Paul Stephens' daughter Kristaelynn, who was nearly two-years-old, drowned while taking at bath at their home in Cottonwood.

    "You hear about it happening, but you never think it's going to be you," Stephens said about the situation.

    According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission from 2006 to 2010, more than 300 kids under five-years-old drowned in bathtubs.

    Stephens said he only left the bathroom for a few minutes, but he wishes he would have stayed.

    "It was instant panic because it had been such a brief time," Stephens said.

    Stephens' eldest daughter Aralynn, who is four-years-old, was the last one to see Kristaelynn alive.

    Stephens said he was in the kitchen when Aralynn came out from the bathroom and said, "Baby sister is dead."

    "It's not something she's ever said before and it's not something that I ever want to hear again," Stephens shared contemplatively.

    Stephens explained he can't stop thinking about what he could have done differently that night. He said he wished he'd never leave the bathroom for even a second.

    "There's no reason to leave them alone. I'm sure an age will come when it will be apparent, but not while they are young," Stephens said.

    According to the CPSC, after pools, bathtubs are the second most likely place where young children drown.

    More for statistics and safety tips on how to prevent drowning in your home you can visit the CPSC website here.

  • Redding police searching for suspected credit card thieves

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 04:39:01 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2015 04:51:09 PM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    The Redding Police Department is asking for the public's assistance with identifying two people they believe stole a credit card from Trader Joe's and then used it at Target, spending over $2,000.

    Police said a review of purchase records and surveillance video from the Target in Redding turned up two suspects - a man and woman. Police noted that the woman appears to have a tattoo on her upper, right arm.

    Anyone with any information about the suspects is encouraged to call 530-225-4214.

  • Car crashes into home in Redding

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 09:34:22 PM CDT
  • Business Leadership Luncheon teaches employee appreciation

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 09:14:15 PM CDT
  • Houston teen kills self while taking selfie

    Published On: Sep 02 2015 04:32:30 AM CDT

    Houston police say 19-year-old Deleon Alonso Smith accidentally shot and killed himself while taking selfie photos with a gun.

  • Enthusiasm Bubbling For Shasta Wine Village

    Published On: Aug 31 2015 09:39:05 PM CDT
  • Man arrested for killing 2 people in crash has criminal past

    Published On: Aug 31 2015 09:25:14 PM CDT