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May 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
City Councilman Bill Rosendahl called Tuesday for a law that would protect neighborhood views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains and other natural resources. City planners are expected to draft a proposed law within 60 days. Rosendahl, who made a campaign promise to seek such an ordinance, said that "long-held and precious vistas of the ocean and the mountains are threatened by overdevelopment."
December 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheriff's officials suspended a search late Monday for a Camarillo teen missing from a boat that capsized three days earlier in the Pacific Ocean, saying they were uncertain whether rescue efforts would be resumed today. Capt. Tom Convery said that if foggy, rainy weather and high waves continue, attempts to find William Schneider, 18, might have to be delayed.
March 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A British rower completed an 8,060-mile crossing of the Pacific Ocean in dramatic fashion when he was thrown from his boat as he neared Australia and was forced to swim the final 200 yards in heavy surf. Jim Shekhdar, 54, began his journey in Peru last June. He is the only person known to have crossed the Pacific in a rowboat without assistance.
January 18, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
California is bracing for what officials fear could be an unprecedented winter fire season fueled by record dry conditions that show no signs of letting up. January is typically a time when forest fire camps and air bases are closed and seasonal firefighters go home. But not this year. the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to 150 wildfires so far. During the same period last January, there were none, and the historic average is 25. Fire officials pointed to coastal fires in Humboldt and San Mateo counties in the last two weeks as examples of the conditions they're facing.
November 6, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been doing some serious myth-busting after news reports this week claimed a massive island of debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami was headed for the U.S. West Coast. One problem: There is no floating mass of debris. The disaster swept millions of tons of material out to sea. While some has washed up on the West Coast and Hawaii, what remains afloat is widely scattered across the Pacific. The source of alarm was a map NOAA posted online without fanfare Sept.
May 19, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Tim
Had enough of life in the fast lane and looking to take it down a notch or two? You might seek guidance from a colony of deep-sea microbes harvested from the barren depths of the Pacific Ocean that are progressing so slowly, they almost appear to be dead. Just how plodding are these ancient creatures, who are buried about 100 feet deep in the seabed? Some of them haven't received any new food for 86 million years, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth. And they are using up oxygen at rates 10,000 times slower than their counterparts on the surface of the ocean floor.
September 21, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit an area of the Pacific Ocean 50 miles off California's Humboldt County coast at 1:02 a.m. Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake, centered 63 miles southwest of Eureka, occurred in the "triple junction" region of frequent seismic activity where two tectonic plates come together with the northern reach of the San Andreas fault. The quake was only weakly felt on land, and did no damage.
October 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A pilot who treaded water for hours in the Pacific Ocean after his small plane crashed, and then spent part of the night bobbing in a life raft, was rescued by a container ship and was doing well, shipping officials said. Ray Clamback, 67, of Australia was spotted Monday evening about 750 miles south of Oahu by the crew of a C-130 search plane from Honolulu that dropped a life raft. About 9 1/2 hours later he was picked up by the container ship.
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