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A crippling drought in the western United States has lifted the Earth's crust by nearly a sixth of an inch in that region and just over half an inch in California's mountains.
The loss of 63 trillion gallons of groundwater—enough to cover the United States, west of the Rocky Mountains, in four inches of water—caused the shift.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography conducted the research by taking measurement using GPS stations across the western United States.
The entire western U.S. has faced a severe drought over the past year and a half, with California hit particularly hard. The Los Angeles Times writes that 2013 was the state's driest in at least 119 years.
Things are pretty bad over at the nation's largest reservoir, Lake Mead, too. This report from KGET shows what locals call "the bathtub line," which is where the lake's water line used to be.
Scientists also say that even though this drought has caused tectonic plates underneath the region to rise, it does not increase the chance for earthquakes.Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:34:29 -0400
Gastonia police are trying to figure out who shot an arrow from a crossbow through a car windshield.
The incident happened at about 9 p.m. Thursday on the 1200 block of Candlewood Drive, according to a police report.
No one was injured.
Police said there is around $250 worth of damage to the car.
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Police say a jilted lover tried to blow his ex-girlfriend up with a homemade bomb, albeit a very crude device. The county bomb squad says it would have been effective in causing damage, however.
The parts were placed in a tin can then set in a bottle full of lighter fluid.
The would-be bomber placed it under his ex-girlfriend’s SUV. But it was her mom, though, who almost became the victim.
Sandy Beckner says when she spotted the contraption under her daughter's SUV, she had no idea her daughter's ex-boyfriend, Ryan Derose, had allegedly planted it there.
“That’s almost like a fatal attraction because he had been harassing her. She couldn't go out of the house without him following her,” Beckner says in an exclusive interview Friday.
Authorities say Beckner is fortunate the bomb didn't go off in her hands.
Since finding the device, the family says it has also uncovered threatening text messages Derose sent his ex, promising to blow her up. The daughter’s new boyfriend says Derose warned him: "If you hear a loud noise in the middle of the night, just know it's not about you."
Thomas asked police about Derose’s intentions.
“We think it was simply to threaten his ex,” says Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith. “He wasn't satisfied with the way things were left.”
“As you can see from the bags under my eyes, I haven't been able to sleep,” Beckner said. “I literally have been watching this house 24/7,” Beckner said.
After a search of Derosa's house, police have charged him with terroristic threats and possessing a destructive device.