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More earthquakes almost certain in Southern California

More earthquakes almost certain in Southern California

World
The risk of more earthquakes striking Southern California is "approaching certainty" according to seismologists, following a 7.1-magnitude tremor which rattled LA and caused fire and building damage near its rural epicentre.The most recent quake hit at 8.19pm local time on Friday, 11 miles from Ridgecrest in the Mojave Desert, which was the site of Thursday's 6.4-magnitude quake. Dr Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology, warned that Friday's tremor was part of the sequence that produced the earlier quake, saying Thursday's was a "foreshock".Dr Jones warned there was about a 10% chance another 7.0-magnitude quake could hit in the next week, and that the chance of a 5.0-magnitude tremor was "approaching certainty". Image: ...
California is the latest state to help millions of workers join retirement savings plans

California is the latest state to help millions of workers join retirement savings plans

Finance
An estimated 7.5 million California workers soon will have access to workplace retirement savings.That's due to CalSavers, the Golden State's automatic individual retirement account enrollment plan, which officially begins on Monday. The program was established after the state required employers with five or more employees to either join CalSavers or begin offering a private plan.Over the next several years, employers will face rolling deadlines to register with CalSavers in order to comply. The first is for businesses with more than 100 employees, which have a deadline of June 30, 2020. The deadline for entities with five or more employees is June 30, 2022.The truth is, you may or may not need to replace all of your current income to retire early.ImageegamI | Getty ImagesBut all businesse...

Suspected mountain lion attack injures California boy

Technology
Wildlife officers killed a mountain lion in a San Diego County nature preserve and will try to determine if it was the animal that injured a 4-year-old boy during a group hike a few hours earlier, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday. The boy was hospitalized following the Monday afternoon attack and treated for head injuries that were not life-threatening, Fish and Wildlife Lt. Scott Bringman told a press conference. The boy was part of a group of six adults and five children in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, a 3,700-acre (1,497-hectare) strip of nature meandering through residential tracts about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego. The boy was in the middle of the group, which scattered at the time of the attack, Fish and Wildlife Lt. Scott Brin...

California beach closes after Mexico sewage flows north

Health
The entire shoreline of a Southern California city is closed to swimmers after sewage-contaminated runoff flowed into California from Mexico's Tijuana River. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the San Diego County Department of Environment Health issued the order Sunday, expanding the closure that has been in place for months for part of the Imperial Beach coast. Officials say more than 110 million gallons (416 million liters) of toxic storm water has flowed north from Mexico since April. The closure will be in place until testing shows the water is safe. California and the cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista sued the Trump administration last year over the recurring toxic flows from Mexico. The lawsuit seeks to force the U.S. government to upgrade the collection system that diverts...