Mexico Earthquake shakes Death Valley

Matt 24:7 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Video shows ‘desert tsunami’ in Death Valley triggered by earthquake 1,500 miles away
  • The earthquake struck Mexico near the Colima-Michoacán border on Monday, Sept. 19, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Less than a half-hour later, Death Valley started shaking.
  • “Twenty-two minutes later, water started sloshing 1,500 miles away in Devils Hole,” park rangers said in a Sept. 21 news release. “The waves reached 4 feet high around 11:35 a.m.”

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Record Breaking Heat in the West

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • September swelter: Dangerous heat wave continues to roast West
  • About 40 million from much of California to southern Nevada and western Arizona were under an excessive heat warning.
  • Downtown Los Angeles recorded its highest temperature of the year. The high of 103 F
  • Meanwhile, Fresno, California, matched its all-time September high of 111 degrees
  • The Furnace Creek thermometer at Death Valley National Park reached 127 F. If confirmed, it would be the highest temperature ever recorded in September on Earth
  • 117 F at Sacramento International Airport broke the all-time high temperature of 115 F, which was set on June 15, 1961.
  • Salt Lake City recorded a new all-time high temperature for September twice in three days during the heat wave. The record was first broken when the mercury hit 103 F on Saturday, Sept. 3. Then, Monday’s reading of 104 F topped the all-time September mark

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1,000 year flood rips apart Death Valley roads leaving visitors stranded

Important Takeaways:

  • Death Valley roads ripped apart during ‘once in a 1,000-year’ flood
  • The hottest place on Earth was doused with a year’s worth of rain in just three hours on Friday, stranding more than 1,000 people as floodwaters washed out roads and buried vehicles in debris.
  • “Rain this weekend was a historic event,” the National Park Service (NPS) said. “Park roads are expected to remain closed for days to months depending on the severity of damage.”
  • Park officials estimated about 60 vehicles had been buried in debris from the flash flooding, with roughly 500 visitors and 500 park employees stranded. No injuries were reported.

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New global temperature record set in California’s Death Valley

By Jonathan Allen and Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) – The hottest air temperature recorded anywhere on the planet in at least a century, and possibly ever, was reached in Death Valley in California’s Mojave Desert on Sunday afternoon where it soared to 130 Fahrenheit (54.4 Celsius).

An automated observation system run by the U.S. National Weather Service at Furnace Creek reported the record at 3:41 p.m. local time.

It was a dry heat: humidity fell to 7%. But it felt “insanely hot” all the same, according to meteorologist Daniel Berc, who is based in the NWS Las Vegas bureau and forecast that the heat wave would continue all week.

“It’s literally like being in an oven,” he said in a telephone interview. “Today is another day we could take another run at 130F.”

A temperature of 134F (56.7C) was recorded in Death Valley in July 1913. Some meteorologists dispute the older record, however, with recent research pointing to the likelihood it was the result of observer error.

“That’s an official record until it’s debunked through the scientific process and accepted by the World Meteorological Organization,” Berc said.

The record comes as climate scientists warn of the dangers of a warming planet. Last month was the world’s third-hottest July on record, and three of the hottest ever Julys all occurred within the last five years.

Sunday’s temperature will undergo a formal review, Berc said. Technicians will check the thermometer out in Furnace Creek is working properly. The NWS will convene a so-called climate extremes committee to ensure there’s no reason to doubt Sunday’s data.

Only a couple of dozen people live in Furnace Creek, but the area is a popular tourist attraction.

Staff and guests at The Oasis hotel nearby were being urged to wear hats and sip water relentlessly while outside, according to general manager John Kukreja.

He tells guests that extreme heat does unexpected things to the body.

“You’re going to sweat and the sweat’s going to dry instantly and you’re never going to know you actually felt hot,” he said. “Your hair stands on end. It’s almost like you feel like you’re cold, like goosebumps.”

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Jonathan Allen in New York; editing by Philippa Fletcher, Chizu Nomiyama and Mark Potter)