In-Focus San Onofre – USGS systems overwhelmed by outbreak of earthquakes in California – Nuclear security officer hid DUI charges for nearly 3 months

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USGS systems overwhelmed by outbreak of up to 70 earthquakes felt on Sunday in California and Arizona

On Sunday, up to 70 earthquakes were felt from Orange County to San Diego County, and the aftershocks have continued throughout the early Monday morning hours.

“What we’re seeing is a classic Brawley seismic swarm,” USGS seismologist Lucy Jones told City News Service. “We haven’t seen one of these since the 1970s, and there was another one back in the 1930s.”

Jones says she expected the quake swarm “to continue to bubble along, they’re going to get a bunch of 4s and 5s.”

Jones said USGS seismographs and analysis computers were overwhelmed by the rash of rattling that began at sunrise, and culminated in a magnitude 5.3 quake just after 12:30 p.m. It was followed by a 4.9 earthquake two minutes later.

According to the USGS, the largest quake was 5.5-magnitude that rattled Brawley, Calif., just before 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Source: NBC News

Source: NRC Event Notifications

Source: Herald Online

Source: Lemon Grove Patch

Nuclear Regulatory Commission to take no action after suppression of criminal charges by San Onofre worker

On January 5th, 2011, a San Onofre nuclear security worker was arrested by the California Highway Patrol, and charged with driving under the influence.  The officer did not report this arrest to superiors at the nuclear power plant for 3 months, and continued to have unescorted access to the nuclear power plant.

Source: OC Register

California lawmakers say ‘No gifts, please’ but accept them anyway

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) accepted $1,100 in gifts last year, including a Josh Groban concert package complete with a meal, key chain and picture frame. The value of the concert package, courtesy of Southern California Edison, was $200.

Source: LA Times


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