So let’s be real – California is no stranger to earthquakes. It’s a well-known active fault zone. But that doesn’t mean when one hits we still don’t freak out!
So when last week’s earthquakes struck Southern California, all of social media was freaking out, particularly because they were the biggest earthquakes the region had felt in 20 years.
First came a 6.6 temblor that rattled everyone from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.
The first quake struck near the town of Ridgecrest and was felt as far away as Las Vegas, LA, and even in Mexico. Needless to say people were pretty freaked out. But this wasn’t the end of it.
The very next morning, a 7.1 earthquake struck the same area, sending shockwaves across Los Angeles – where the shaking was pretty intense.
Thankfully, none of the quakes caused any major injuries or deaths and damage was minimal – especially in the Los Angeles area.
Of course, Twitter was lit up with all sorts of reactions.
Like this was defintiely how some of my tios and primos reacted to the quake. Though I think some also tried to play it off totally cool.
Some pointed out the all to real scenario of some of our papis running to safety at all costs.
I mean my papi would never do this but I can see their point…
While others pointed out the potential nightmare of having to lead all of your familia to safety after a major quake.
I mean especially if you’re all together with your tías, primos, and hermanos – like imagine!
Some Latinos questioned the dramatic reactions of others, since Latin America knows earthquakes all too well.
I mean just two years ago Mexico City was rattled by a violent earthquake that leveled parts of the city and killed hundreds of people. While Guatemala and El Salvador have all been hit by major earthquakes larger than those that hit Southern California.
Some pointed out the great examples made by the local news anchors who experienced the earthquake live on the air.
Bravo KCAL9 for setting such a good example for those of us who weren’t totally sure what to do.
While other’s pointed out the real lack of resources available in Spanish.
This is a real liability for the Latino community but also other minority communities that don’t speak English. Without access to proper resources and information, many face greater risks of injury among other risks.
For information on earthquake safety en Español, haz clic aqui.
Although the quakes didn’t cause any severe injuries or deaths, they’re a wake up call to Californians to get prepared for the “Big One.”
Every Californian should have an emergency kit. And every kit should have plenty of water – enough to last you at least three days. You should also stock up on non-perishable foods (think canned tuna, beans, vegetables, snacks), you’ll also need a three day supply of these items. A flash light, batteries, first aid kit, medications, copies of important documents – all of these items are essential to keep in an earthquake emergency kit.
And as a reminder, here are some basic tips on how to stay safe during the next earthquake.
Remember in school when they told us to run for a closet or door frame for safety? While those areas are still considered safe to hide in during a quake, the new recommendations tell people to seek shelter under a desk, table, or other sturdy piece of furniture.
Memorize this list so that the next time a quake strikes, you’ll be better prepared to help yourself, your amigos, and your famlia.
Less than a week after the unexpected passing of 27-year-old Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Tyler Skaggs, there is new controversy surrounding the reporting of his death. The Santa Monica Observer sparked widespread outrage when it speculated that Skaggs had died of an opioid overdose. But after receiving a wave of blowback, the California newspaper scrapped the piece and wrote an op-ed explaining why it did so. The explanation has been met with a tepid response from police and the Angels organization.
There are few details surrounding the reason behind Skagg’s death so far.
Tragedy struck the baseball world last week when Skaggs, who is of Mexican descent, was found by the Southlake Police Department unconscious in a hotel room hours before his team was about to play the Texas Rangers. Authorities pronounced the 27-year-old dead at the scene, a police press release said. But there were still many questions about how such a young promising star like Skaggs could be found like this.
Shortly after, the Santa Monica Observer reported that Skaggs may have been getting opioid prescriptions from doctors who were unaware of each other’s treatments. That report was quickly shot down by Texas police who said there was no credible information to support that Skaggs died of an overdose or suicide.
Angels spokesperson, Marie Garvey, said the report was also wrong citing that the investigation is still ongoing at this time. While an autopsy has reportedly been completed, the results of it and a toxicology report will not be released until October.
“This article is categorically incorrect,” Garvey said in a statement. “The cause of death is still under investigation as stated by the Southlake Police Department. We have tried to contact the paper to correct this story but have [been] unsuccessful in our attempts. This sort of reckless reporting from Tyler’s hometown paper is disappointing and harmful.”
The Op-Ed piece did little to clear things up as many wonder why this was published in the first place.
The op-ed, published this past Saturday, titled “Why Did We Take Down Our Original Story About The Death of a Ballplayer?” says the publication took down the story due to multiple threats. Santa Monica Observer publisher David Ganezer wrote the op-ed and defended it’s publishing. He said the newspaper’s staff received “multiple personal threats and attacks from anonymous sources,” including “a creepy text message” that was sent to a young female intern’s cellphone.
“She wasn’t frightened about it at all,” Ganezer wrote. “But I was. I’m older, much older; and I know more about how out of hand the potential pile-on is getting in this country.”
“Not simply in the form of a threat letter from lawyers Kirkland and Ellis, representing the Angels and a certain deceased ball player. And not just in the form of anonymous phone calls and emails,” Ganezer said. “No, we also received multiple personal threats and attacks from anonymous sources.
The original article was ultimately scrubbed of the opioid details but Ganezer said in his op-ed it was made clear from the author, Stan Greene, the piece was “speculation.”
This isn’t the first time the newspaper publishes “speculative information.”
The baseball world is still in mourning over the death of Skaggs and many teammates have shown their respect for their fallen teammate in various ways since last Monday. But for Skagg’s family, the last thing they want at this time is presumptive information being released about him.
According to the Santa Monica Lookout, the Observer has had previous situations where the paper published incorrect stories. This past January, a story ran with the headline, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Retire from the US Supreme Court in January 2019.” This was false. In December 2016, the headline, “Kanye West Appointed Under-Secretary of the Interior After Meeting at Trump Tower” was published, which was also false. Both pieces were written by Greene, who also wrote the article on Skaggs’ passing.
At this time, the paper says they would comment further on the story when Skaggs’ autopsy and toxicology reports are released in October. Maybe by then, we’ll have a more accurate picture on this unfortunate passing.