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♪ dream until your dreams come true ♪ i'm raj mathai. coming up on nbc bay area news tonight, active and shaky. an earthquake and dozens of aftershocks near south lake tahoe. >> just a hammer, you know. it was bam, and it was there. >> we felt it in the bay area. we're having a conversation about what's happening at this hour. also a state of emergency in tokyo, which impacts the world. bay area athletes who are heading to japan share how they feel about the covid surge and really is it safe to go? and everyone in california being asked to cut back on water. we'll show you the best ways to do it.
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♪♪ good evening. this is nbc bay area news tonight. i'm raj mathai. plenty of talk about should we even go to the olympics. the games begin two weeks from tomorrow, but we start with the breaking news that we've been following through this evening, that 6.0 earthquake and the dozens of aftershocks. the quake hit just about three hours ago south of lake tahoe near walker, california. 3:49 p.m. was the exact time. we'll show you where it was centered, near the california/nevada border. it tripgerred a cluster of aftershocks between tahoe and mono lake, several dozen so far. the shaking also sent boulders flying down nearby mountains. take a look. that is incredible to see and really incredible to hear it. you feel like you're right there with this video. this was in coleville,
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california. these are small towns that we're talking about that aren't used to this size of earthquakes. we've talked with a lot of people who felt the ground rumble. one man sent us these photos from inside the walker general store in coleville. you can see the bottles and other supplies flying off the shelves. the shaking felt here in the bay area of course. a lot of people talking about this. this is video from one of our video editors here at nbc. you can see the chandelier iran side of her home swinging. this was taken in the east bay in brentwood, nearly 200 miles away from that epicenter. in the last hour, i spoke with the usgs, one of their seismologists about the possibility of aftershocks. >> as we've seen already, the most likely scenario is that we have more earthquakes in the magnitude 3, magnitude 4 range near the epicenter and in places like reno, carson city, maybe even tahoe. those would be feelable, those sharp, sharp jolts we're familiar with. but we wouldn't really expect a
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larger earthquake that impacts the bay area. >> good information from him. let's bring in jeff ranieri. we've been doing this for a lot of years together but this always gets our attention. i don't care where it is. 6.0, that's something. >> yeah, it is considered strong on the earthquake scale. you know, they do get earthquakes out here, several, you know, dozen a week or maybe two or three weeks. you know, they get that small earthquake activity. but a 6.0 is definitely unusual for this seismic zone. in fact, a 6.0 is probably on the stronger end of what this area could produce in terms of an earthquake. now, take a look at the activity here. you can see the red is the past hour. the yellow is the past several hours. and it has just been so extremely active right there around coleville, also into walker. this happened on the antelope valley fault zone, so it is a known fault area. but, again, a 6.0 in this same
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area really in recent memory, there hasn't been anything this strong. we've been tracking the aftershocks, and for magnitude 2.5 and larger, there's been at least 34 of those with one of the largest coming in at a 4.6. let's take a look at the scale and put things in perspective for you. you can see a magnitude 5. we originally thought it was a 5. 9 based on the first report. but now we're into the category 6.0, which is a strong earthquake. there's only 120 of those per year, so that really puts it into perspective of how unusual and rare it is for this location. here's one more thing to look at, just to kind of show you the strength and rate it against the power of this quake. all of us in the bay area that have lived here have felt at least a 3 or 4 magnitude earthquake. when you go from a 3 to a 4, that energy gets 32 times stronger. when you go to a 3 to a 5, it's 1,000 times stronger, when you go to a 3 to a 6, it's 33,000
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times stronger. that's why the bay area was able to feel this shaking. yes, they get earthquakes up there, a lot of smaller ones. something of this size, it's unusual. >> let's go back to our shaking here in the bay area. all those aftershocks, 40-plus aftershocks. any indication on what you're seeing, the information and data, what we can expect tonight? are we still seeing them at this hour? >> we are still seeing them at this hour, and i really suspect at this point we're going to continue to see those aftershocks, certainly possible into tomorrow morning, maybe even a little bit after that. and some of the aftershocks again getting up into the 4.0 range and a little bit higher. so some of this damage you're seeing in the box here, you know, might have to get cleaned up again if we continue to see some of these aftershocks that are being felt. now, i've got the map up here of the bay area. just to show you we've only had a 1.5 magnitude out there up towards the northern coastline, and that's it here locally, raj. >> yeah, but we've certainly felt it right there, right before 4:00 tonight.
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san francisco, san jose, reno, las vegas, every in between, we did feel it. let's take a look, jeff, at the shake map from usgs. you can see the star on the map. we're going to bring it up in a second. it's the epicenter. a lot of triangles. here's that star, and then the triangles surrounding that star, that's where the shaking was felt. basically that whole map you're seeing of central california, northern california, and the bay area are all little mini triangles where we felt it. here's a look at our seismograph now here at nbc bay area. by the way, we did feel it in our newsroom. our nbc headquarters in the bay area is in san jose. we felt it here certainly. it's a flat line, our seismograph, and then, bam, you can see exactly when that earthquake hits at 3:49 p.m. joining us is jeff heinz who runs the mountain view barbecue in coleville. what did you see this afternoon, and what did you feel? >> you know, obviously didn't see very much until things started shaking. but you could hear it coming,
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you know. you could hear it coming through the rocks and stuff. it sounded like, you know, a major windstorm headed your way. you know, you don't really understand it until things really start shaking, and this really hit hard. you know, it was -- it wasn't anything subtle about it. it hit hard. it was a big crack, you know, when it got right here, and things started flying. >> and, jeff, was there anybody in the store when this happened, and really what immediately did you do? was your first inclination to drop, cover, and hold, or was it, oh, my god? did it take a while to register, like this is an earthquake? >> you know, it takes just, you know, that split second, you know. the first one lasted probably 20, 25 seconds. so you had plenty of time to realize, i'm headed out the front door.
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so most everybody that was here in the restaurant got up and, you know, we all kind of went out the front door and watched the building shake. >> jeff, we're glad you're all right. >> when the second one hit, it hit about a minute later, and it was another just big jolt. it sounded like a crack. it sounded like something cracked underneath the earth, you know. it was just this cracking noise. and it didn't last as long, but it was just a really severe jolt. >> that's pretty incredible to here. joining us is jeff hinds who runs a barbecue restaurant in coleville. we're watching video of those boulders coming crashing down from the mountainside. have you checked out 395 yet? i know you're right close to that highway. >> they closed the highway right away, so you couldn't get down to see the boulders.
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but i've seen the video. i'm not sure who shot the video, but i've seen the video. you know, that happens around here occasionally without an earthquake, you know. and when you get something that was as severe as this was, you know, i'm not surprised at the size and the amount of, you know, rocks and boulders that came down. >> pretty amazing. jeff, thanks for your time tonight. one quick question. are you from california? are you used to this, or are you a newcomer? >> no. i grew up in florida, so i am not used to this. >> all right. >> i've been here 27 years, and we've had little earthquakes that you don't really feel. you know, there's just so small, you don't feel them. this is the first one that really hit hard. you know, it shakes you up. >> it does. >> it makes you want to sit up and take notice, that's for sure. >> jeff hinds, thank you for your time and perspective. 27 years in california, you're a californian at this point. thank you so much. we continue our reporting
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online. head to nbcbayarea.com. you're going to get the latest updates on this earthquake even when we're not on the air. our other big topic tonight, the olympics. two issues now coming your way. the decision about the fans and really just the safety of the games. there are still plenty of people in japan and worldwide who say these games should be postponed yet again or simply canceled. let's start with today's decision. no fans allowed at any of the venues. that's really not a surprise considering the covid cases there in tokyo. this comes after japan's prime minister declared a state of emergency because of covid. leaders are worried about the delta variant and don't want the games to become a superspreader event. tokyo has seen an uptick in these cases. today the city reported 896 new cases. that's near the record number that the city saw back in may. we're talking tokyo here. keep in mind, those, 800 cases
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for a city of about 14 million people is a relatively small case amount. here's the bigger concern, though. a majority of the population in japan still has not been vaccinated. only 15% are fully vaxed. for a comparison, here in the united states, 48% are fully vaccinated. so how is the news being received here? we talked to a lot of members of teach usa water polo and to someone we're very familiar with, a member of the team usa basketball team, draymond green. >> i don't think it gives us a disadvantage because for the better part of the last calendar year, most of us have been playing in front of no fans or very little. >> as an athlete, you just kind of take every situation and try to hopefully use it to your own advantage. obviously we're playing japan in the first game, so now we just have to go in, and it's going to be a little maybe better for us. they won't have the fans to kind of get them going. >> a lot of ways to look at it.
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another common theme among the athletes, many are disappointed that their families and longtime coaches maybe for high school and college, they sacrificed so much to see them reach the olympics. those family members and previous coaches won't be there in person toit. as for the safety of the the bi question. like draymond was mentioning, nba players played through the pandemic here, so they're used to it. more than 80% of the olympians going to tokyo are fully vaccinated. also while in tokyo, they will be tested and essentially quarantined. in fact, right after their event, they've got 0 to leave town within 48 hours. that includes me. the journalists leaving for tokyo and covering the games, i also will have to test a lot, fully vaccinated and essentially quarantined within nbc headquarters. i leave next week by the way. we're joined by dr. thomas plant. why do we bring a psychology
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professor in? because many of the olympians i've spoken with are seeing a sports psychologist. what advice are they getting? >> it's a great question because, you know, when it comes to the impact of no spectators on athletes, it's kind of a mixed bag. it depends on the athlete, the individual personality and the psychological functioning of that particular athlete. it also depends on the sport. you know, certain sports really thrive with an audience, and these are sports like basketball, soccer, water pole low that you referred to earlier. however, finesse sports tend to not do so well with large, roaring crowds. you know, like golf and tennis and gymnastics and archery. so when it comes to the individual athlete and the individual sport, you have to kind of nuance this so that you can make sure they get maximum performance when they really need it.
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>> professor, what about just overall here? usually olympians will see a sport psychologist to deal with the pressure of their sport. now you're talking about the pressure, this pandemic, and now their family members and support system not being in the olympic city with them. i've seen in other olympics that i thrive off that when they're right there at the hotels near them. >> absolutely. you have to think as athletes as not just being athletes. they're whole human beings. biological, social, spiritual, are all factors that are going to play a role in terms of how they're going to experience the olympics, the performance, and so forth. now, some of those athletes are going to really miss having family and friends and coaches and all of that there. maybe some not so much. and some will really try to find a way to really maximize their performance, of course, under these circumstances is that are a bit challenging. so, you know, you really have to tailor your advice and your
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engagement with the athlete in a way that will maximize their individual performance given who they are and what sport they're in. >> all right. professor plante from santa clara university, thanks for your perspective. our question of the day. what kind of the impact will the absence of spectators have on the tokyo olympics? we asked followers on twitter, instagram, and facebook. we got a lot of responses. michelle wrote, although sad, i guess after 1 1/2 years of the pandemic, they're used to practicing and performing with no spectators, so hopefully it won't impact them too much. still to come, the governor asking everyone to cut back on water because of our drought. we're dissecting exactly what he's asking us to do and how to cut back at home. also pfizer is moving forward with a covid booster shot, but is it actually needed? the fda weighs in. you're watching nbc bay area news tonight.
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welcome back to nbc bay area news tonight. we know this. our climate in crisis. the drought is bad, and here's the deal. it's only going to get worse. that's the message from governor newsom as he spoke about the state's deepening water crisis today. he was in san luis obispo county to sign an executive order urging all californians to voluntarily cut water use by 15%. some easy ways you can cut water use, well, shorter showers and less use of your sprinklers. >> here we are again, and we will need to proceed with the lessons learned from the last drought, but with the benefits of those lessons now and the
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resources that we have not been afforded in the past. so with that -- >> governor newsom also adding nine more counties today to the state's emergency drought declaration list. here we go. among them, santa clara county, marin, and san mateo county. eight of the nine bay area counties are now on this list. emergency already declared. just added today in the yellow. an additional resource is now what this does is it gives additional resources for these counties in the deepest drought stages. joining us now is heather cooley, director of research at the pacific institute. heather, nice to have you back on the program. we hear some big words from the governor, cut back voluntarily 15%. what does that mean in tangible things that our viewers can glean from here? >> well, the governor's call for a voluntary reduction is later than i would have liked, but it's better late than never. it sends a clear message to all californians that the drought is severe, and we must take action
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now. it sends a message that we're all in this together. so it is important. >> some details, heather. shorter showers, and really if i have a lawn or if we have lawns, we just let them go brown now, or can we still salvage the lawn a couple days a week in terms of watering? >> yeah, shorter showers and brown lawns help. but even better is upgrading old, inefficient toilets and shower heads, replacing grass with natives and other low water use plants. those are things we can do now to help us get through this drought but also help us prepare for the next one. >> we did this a few years ago. moving forward here, is it your recommendation that we just kind of get drought-proof and drought-ready for the next couple years instead of just playing this cat-and-mouse game? >> absolutely. with climate change, droughts are going to become more severe and they're going to become more frequent. it's imperative that we respond quickly and decisively and make it really conservation a way of
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life. that's something we said in the last drought and it's something that's true today. >> if i talk to you in 90 days, where are we going to be at the end of this summer? >> i think people step up and save water. i think where we'll be at the end of the summer, i do think conditions are going to worsen. so, you know, it's not -- again, depending on response and depending on conditions, it's possible we'll be at a mandatory reduction by then. but it all, again, depends on how things develop. >> it is really up to us. heather cooley, thank you so much for your time tonight. some counties and water districts have already put out mandatory conservation orders. you can find the rules specific in your area at nbcbayarea.com. just clink on the link that says "water restrictions." then scroll down until you spot the information of where exactly you live and the county you live in. let's take you outside.
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speaking of hot, dry weather, our live camera in walnut creek. potentially dangerous heat for a lot of parts of the bay area. you have triple digits in the next few days. jeff is back with his forecast. that's for me? oh no, you're making music, i don't want to get in your way. oh c'mon man. oh. hang on a second. my triple bacon cheesy jack combo. only at jack in the box. ♪♪ with triple the beef. triple the cheese. and triple the bacon...
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another big story tonight. a covid booster shot is now officially in the works, but is it actually necessary? pfizer and biontech announced today they're developing a covid booster that will be tweaked specifically to target the delta
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variant. the news comes as the delta variant continues to spread at an alarming rate and covid cases are now starting to slowly rise here in california. however, in an unusual joint move, both the fda and the cdc releasing this statement tonight. it says in part, americans who are fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time. it went on to say they are prepared to deliver boosters if and when the data says that those boosters are needed. back to jeff ranieri now and back to this earthquake we've been covering. so the bay area is here. lake tahoe is up here. and here are these small cities of walker and coleville is the epicenter. >> look at how active it is. red dot -- >> red dot means the last hour, right? >> right and yellow is the past couple of hours. we got it up to a 6.0 magnitude on that upgrade, and the largest aftershock was a 4.6. so this is unusual for this area. >> 4.6 is an aftershock. we would usually cover this as big news. 6.0 as the main earthquake. >> that happening on the antelope valley fault zone. it was a known fault zone, but
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anything this strong hasn't happened in recent memory. let's take you into our bay area weather and we do want to transition things into the heat that's coming our way. it's that area of high pressure is really cranking up the heat today. that's just going to continue through tomorrow. so we're going to start it off mostly sunny for the morning and temperatures in the 60s. but we're on a fast climb for the temperatures, especially through the inland east bay. 102 in concord. 103 in livermore. you see the trend as you get closer to the bay and the coast. a little ocean breeze and that will keep it 79 in oakland and 66 in half moon bay. the one spot you got to watch out for is brentwood. 112 on saturday. that's the hottest day. more manageable next week with 90s in that city. and across san francisco, 70s next couple of days and 60s, they return next week. through the inland valleys, we have friday, saturday, and sunday that will be in the triple digits. then we drop it off next week. raj, saturday, that's the day when it's going to be super uncomfortable, especially across inland contra costa, alameda
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counties. it's been a busy evening. tonight at 11:00, we continue our coverage. alameda county is warning that covid cases are rising there. the numbers that caught the county's attention and the message the public health officer wants you to hear. that's coming up on our 11:00 newscast. that's going to do it for us at 7:00. for everyone here at nbc bay area, enjoy your evening.
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