“It sounded almost mechanical to us. There was no Doppler effect
at all. It was just a steady, rather loud, low, rumbling roar type of thing.”
- Jean Bilodeaux, Writer-Reporter, Modoc County Record, Alturas, California
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November 20, 2014 Cedarville, California - Since July 12, 2014, Cedarville has had hundreds of small quakes seeming to increase in magnitude recently, but all very shallow near the surface of the Earth. Eleven occurred today, November 20th, and two were in magnitude 3.0 range. All the persistent seismic swarms over the past four months provoked scientists from USGS and Stanford University, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis and UN-Reno to visit Surprise Valley to take temperatures of the many hot springs that run the length of the valley near Cedarville. The results have been puzzling. Recently only in November, the same hot spring can measure 150 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter one day, but the next day measure much colder and then rise to a midpoint the next day and then soar back to 150 degrees F. or higher. So far, no one knows why the Surprise Valley hot springs are suddenly so changeable, but assume they are somehow related to the seismic swarms.
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