Information about recent earthquakes is typically made available online by the United States Geological Survey. This week, however, visitors to their website (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/) found something unusual. A pop-up window, shown here, informing viewers that due to government furloughs the "accuracy and timeliness" of information provided may be adversely affected.
Calls to Susan Garcia, the regional media rep at the USGS Northern California offices in Menlo Park, went unanswered.
"Due to the federal government lapse in procreations I am prohibited from conducting work as a federal employee," Garcia says in her voice-mail message, "including returning phone calls and emails until further notice."
She refers callers to another number at the USGS for emergencies or matters pertaining to protecting life or property. More information on how the federal shutdown has affected staffing at federal agencies, visit the Office of Personnel Management online at www.opm.gov.
No injuries or major damage were reported to Cal Fire or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.