Creep in 4 San Francisco Bay Area Faults May Mean Big Quake Is Poised to Strike: Study

Four California Faults Poised For Quake

Nicholas George looks under a buckled highway near Napa, California, after an earthquake struck on Aug. 24. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was the most powerful to hit the San Francisco Bay area since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

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Fire Near Mt. Diablo Grows Past 800 Acres



A fire near Mt. Diablo, about 35 miles east of Oakland, has grown past 800 acres and is 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The fire is still growing.

A strike team of engines from San Ramon Valley Fire and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded for structure protection.

The response includes: 25 engines, 4 air tankers, 2 helicopters, 6 crews, 4 bulldozers, per CalFire.

About 50-75 structures are threatened by the fire.

Homes on Curry Canyon Road and Oak Hill Lane are under mandatory evacuation. Some homeowners were on top of their roofs spraying them down.

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5 Women Dead in California Limo Fire



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May 5, 2013

Authorities are investigating today what caused a stretch limousine to burst into flames, killing five women as it crossed a San Francisco-area bridge.

Nine female passengers were in the limo, along with a male driver, when it caught fire in the westbound lane of the San Mateo bridge late Saturday, California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel told ABC News.

The fire is believed to have started in the back of the car and quickly spread, but the cause of the fire was under investigation, Montiel said.

“It does not appear that it [the limo] was involved in a collision, so it just appears that it was a vehicle fire,” he said.

Four women escaped the limousine and were being treated at two area hospitals for smoke inhalation and burns, Montiel said. He said the driver was not injured in the blaze.

The names of the victims have not been released and authorities said they are uncertain of the womens’ plans for the evening.

“We have no idea right now where they were going or where they were coming from,” California Highway Patrol Officer Amelia Jack told ABC News station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

The name of the limousine company was not released, but the vehicle was described as a white Lincoln and was said to have been booked from a San Jose, Calif., company.


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