Current Earthquake Activity and Aftershocks

Earthquake activity continues to accelerate
exponentially in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

APRIL 2020
April 1 - April Fool's Day
April 2 - World Awareness Autism Day
April 3 - National Walking Day
April 5 - Palm Sunday
April 5 - Academy of Country Music Awards
April 7 - World Health Day
April 8-16 - Passover
April 8 - Full Moon 18° Libra
April 9 - Holy Thursday
April 10 - Good Friday
April 10-19 - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
April 12 - Easter Sunday
April 15 - US Income Tax Day
April 16-26 - Lyrid Meteor Showers
April 20 - Boston Marathon
April 20 - Sun in Taurus
April 20 - 420 - 4/20 Weed Day
April 22 - Earth Day
April 22 - May 3 - TriBeCa Film Festival
April 23 - May 23 - Ramadan
April 23 - Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
April 29 - Billboard Music Awards

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Ellie's Video Blogs

Podcast: January 2020

Sunday March 29, 2020     9:00 AM EDT

Ellie's World Blogs
From Lincoln High School in Brooklyn
Respiratory Chart
Ellie's Quarantine Selfie
Ellie The Poster Child for Preparedness
Ellie's Archived Coronavirus Blogs

Tornado rips through Arkansas city, injuring 6 people


North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about outbreak


Condom shortage looms as coronavirus shuts down production

NYC’s free condom distribution efforts going flaccid

First known cat infected with coronavirus reported in Belgium

How coronavirus mutated and eight strains raced around the world after initial outbreak in China as global cases top 660,000 and deaths hit 30,847

CDC issues domestic travel advisory as coronavirus deaths double to over 2,000 people

Coronavirus: Trump backs away from New York quarantine

Coronavirus: Cruise ship off Panama coast transfers passengers

BBC: Updated guide to coronavirus

Lockdown, what lockdown? Sweden's unusual response to coronavirus

Coronavirus: Mexicans demand crackdown on Americans crossing the border

NRA sues California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state officials over gun store closures


Tucker Carlson: Biden won't be the Democratic nominee, Andrew Cuomo 'most likely'

Democrats need to recruit Obama to bench Biden, find another candidate: Goodwin

Biden leads Trump in new polls despite coronavirus approval bounce

Joe Biden is the worst imaginable challenger to Trump right now

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders joined state lawmakers in New York and California in calls to freeze and forgive rent payments, as millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet under coronavirus lockdown


Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are back in the United States after coronavirus quarantine Nicole Chavez, associate writer CNN Digital


Tom Coburn, unyielding ‘Dr. No’ of the House and Senate, dies at 72

John Callahan of TV show 'All My Children' dead at 66

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

March 29, 1968

Lucy Lawless - Videos - Filmography

We live at the edge of the world, with a pandemic raging around us.

Lucy Lawless Quotes

March 29, 1977

Jessica Chastain - Videos - Filmography

I'm going to let you in on a little secret:
I'm a very superstitious person.

Jessica Chastain Quotes

March 29, 1961

Amy Sedaris - Videos - Filmography

I always find something to keep me busy.

Amy Sedaris Quotes

March 29, 1957

Christopher Lambert - Videos - Filmography

In the end, there can only be one.

Christopher Lambert Quotes

March 29, 1955

Brendan Gleeson - Videos - Filmography

The only career ambition I have is to work with people who are going to bring you
up and elevate your performance.They'll let you know things that you didn't know
already and bring you places that you might not have gotten to otherwise.

Brendan Gleeson Quotes

Saturday March 28, 2020     7:20 PM EDT

Significant Severe Weather Outbreak, Including Tornadoes, Is Expected for Parts of the Midwest Saturday

70 million people in the US are under a severe weather threat that includes tornadoes and hail

FDA authorizes 15-minute coronavirus test
... could accelerate testing in the US, allowing for rapid results in doctors' offices. But shortages of critical equipment used to collect patient specimens, like masks and swabs, could blunt its impact.

United States Postal Service workers, who are still delivering and sorting mail at distribution centers around the country even as millions of Americans telecommute, are worried that they may not have the protection -- or even the funding - they will need to keep delivering mail for months longer.

New Hampshire-based hockey equipment maker Bauer shifts to medical shields

The coronavirus outbreak has mobilized young people in China, sounding a call to action for a generation that had shown little resistance to the ruling Communist Party’s agenda.
Students have flooded social media to organize donations for Chinese doctors battling the coronavirus epidemic. Workers have marched in the streets to demand compensation for weeks of unemployment during citywide lockdowns. Young citizen journalists have taken to YouTube to call for free speech.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

March 28, 2020

Earth Hour 2020 - Wikipedia - News

March 28, 1986

Lady Gaga - Videos - Discography - Filmography

Coronavirus will show us the best and worst of society.

Lady Gaga Quotes

March 28, 1955

Reba McEntire - Videos - Discography - Filmography

Music will be written to get us through this period in American history.

Reba McEntire Quotes

March 28, 1970

Vince Vaughn - Videos - Filmography

Whenever you're scared of something, don't let that define you.
We all feel it, just step up and it will get better.

Vince Vaughn Quotes

March 28, 1948

Dianne Wiest - Videos - Filmography

Sweet things happen. They always will.

Dianne Wiest Quotes

March 28, 1981

Julia Stiles - Videos - Filmography

I like observing human behavior in extreme situations.

Julia Stiles Quotes

March 28, 1961

Orla Brady - Videos - Filmography

Coronavirus will test our patience.
We will learn something about ourselves.

Orla Brady Quotes

Friday March 27, 2020     7:00 PM EDT

Coronavirus Stimulus Payments: When Will They Be Sent and Who Is Eligible?


A Weird X-Ray Signal Is Coming From Nearby Galaxies and Nobody Knows Why

10.9 million names now aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover

Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud

How well are we social distancing? Smartphone location data can rank the states

Google offers $800 mn to pandemic-impacted businesses, health agencies

Can quantum cyberattacks be prevented? An EU initiative says yes, shows how

Social media has the power to both inform and deceive and do both at speeds we have never experienced.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

March 27, 1971

Nathan Fillion - Videos - Filmography

I like to say there's certain things you can't take back.
One of them is 'I love you,' the others are, criminal acts.
Hopefully coronavirus will not led to widespread criminal activity.

Nathan Fillion Quotes

March 27, 1969

Pauley Perrette - Videos - Filmography

I was a criminal science fanatic studying it
in college which I think helped me on NCIS.
Be careful in today's world of coronavirus.

Pauley Perrette Quotes

March 27, 1969

Kevin Corrigan - Videos - Filmography

Nothing is black and white anymore. Life often feels surreal.

Kevin Corrigan

March 27, 1970

Mariah Carey - Videos - Filmography -- Discography

This is a time to love, protect, and reassure your children

Mariah Carey Quotes 1

Mariah Carey Quotes 2

March 27, 1975

Fergie - Videos - Filmography - Discography

New songs will result from the coronavirus pandemic.

Fergie Quotes

March 27, 1970

Elizabeth Mitchell - Videos - Filmography

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.

Elizabeth Mitchell Quotes

Thursday March 26, 2020     8:00 PM EDT

The Forgotten American Explorer Charles Wilkes Who Discovered Huge Parts of Antarctica

5.0-magnitude earthquake shakes West Texas and El Paso area

Giant glacier in Antarctica is melting, and it could raise sea levels by 5 feet, scientists say

In Earth's largest extinction, land die-offs began long before ocean turnover

Dig for artifacts confirms New Guinea's Neolithic period

Piece of lost continent discovered beneath Canada

Coral tells own tale about El Nino's past

As the ocean warms, marine species relocate toward the poles

Dust could have spread evenly over Earth after Chicxulub asteroid strike


Neanderthals were pioneers in marine resource exploitation: study

New feathered dinosaur was one of the last surviving raptors

Discovering the diet of the fossil Theropithecus oswaldi found in Cueva Victoria in Spain


Worldwide scientific collaboration unveils genetic architecture of gray matter

Study establishes how cognitive intelligence is a whole brain phenomenon

Artificial intelligence for very young brains

Brain mapping study suggests motor regions for the hand also connect to the entire body


10.9 Million Names Now Aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover

Space Force launches its first mission with virus precautions

Not enough Americans understand the need for Space Force, a top commander says

Old gas blob from Uranus found in vintage Voyager 2 data

Scientists calculate age of massive neutron star crash that helped form our solar system

Scientists use the Milky Way to hunt for dark matter

The Fate of a Dark Matter Theory Hinges on These Unidentified X-Rays

Earth's own evolution used as guide to hunt exoplanets

Solar system acquired current configuration not long after its formation

Coronavirus pandemic's global impact seen from space in chilling satellite images

Seeing coronavirus impacts from space: Before-and-after satellite photos


'Women's work': How coronavirus may forever change the way we care within families

Schools are moving online, but not all children start out digitally equal

Could the social distancing of COVID-19 revolutionize online learning and higher education?

Study: Adults over 70 are the fabric of their communities

Supply chain outlook: The timing of the slowdown


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Left Canada and Are Now Settled in L.A.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave Canada and set up home in LA amid the coronavirus crisis and flew by private jet to California before Trump closed the border

Duchess Meghan marks her return to Hollywood as narrator on Disney+ nature film 'Elephant'

How Angelina Jolie and Her Kids Are Navigating Home Schooling During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Michelle Obama describes her family's daily routine during their coronavirus self-quarantine

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

March 26, 1985

Keira Knightley - Videos - Filmography

I don't think that you can fake warmth. You can fake lust, jealousy, anger;
those are all quite easy. But actual, genuine warmth? I don't think you can fake that.

Keira Knightley Quotes 1

Keira Knightley Quotes 2

March 26, 1972

Leslie Mann - Videos - Filmography

Along with age comes more confidence, so it kind of works out.

Leslie Mann Quotes

March 26, 1976

Amy Smart - Videos - Filmography

The best gift we can have is living in the present moment and really enjoying
it for what it is; and, not being in our heads and getting sidetracked.

Amy Smart Quotes

March 26, 1960

Jennifer Grey - Videos - Filmography

Never stop dancing!

Jennifer Grey Quites

March 26, 1992

Haley Ramm - Videos - Filmography

When you're young life gets confusing, but don't let it get you down.
Think about it. Do you really know what you want that is attainable?

Haley Ramm

March 26, 1968

Kenny Chesney - Videos - Discography

Country music has always been the best shrink that 15 bucks can buy.

Kenny Chesney Quotes

March 26, 1985

Jonathan Groff - Videos - Filmography

Make sure that you always follow your heart.
Let yourself be who you want to be.

Jonathan Groff Quotes

March 26, 1966

Michael Imperioli - Videos - Filmography

I played guitar in a band years and sang years ago.
After I got busy as an actor I said, "Forgot about it."

Michael Imperioli Quotes

March 26, 1934

Alan Arkin - Videos - Filmography

If I can't move people, then I have no business being an actor.

Alan Arkin Quotes

March 26, 1940

James Caan - Videos - Filmography

Do you have issues? I went to a shrink once,
but I caught him going to a fortune-teller so I quit.

James Caan Quotes

March 26, 1941

Richard Dawkins - Videos

Richard Dawkins is an award winning British
ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer.
Dawkins coined the word meme.

One of the things wrong with religion is that it teaches us to
be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.

Richard Dawkins Quotes 1

Richard Dawkins Quotes 2

March 26, 1931 - February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy - Videos - Filmography

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.

Leonard Nimoy Quotes

March 26, 1874 - January 29, 1963

Robert Frost - Videos

Robert Frost was an award winning American
poet, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.

The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost Quotes 1

Robert Frost Quotes 2

March 26, 1879 - September 22, 1965

Othmar Ammann - Videos

Othmar Ammann was an award winning American engineer who designed
the George Washington Bridge,Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, among others.

People get lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.

O. H. Ammann

Wednesday March 25, 2020     7:00 PM EDT

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes east of the Kuril Islands

Scientists get first look at cause of 'slow motion' earthquakes

5.4-Magnitude Earthquake Damages Zagreb Cathedral, Museums
The tremors, which arrived in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, was the worst the Croatian capital has seen in 140 years

Climate change: Earth's deepest ice canyon vulnerable to melting


Underwater avalanches are trapping microplastics in the deep ocean


Shutting Down Hawaii: A Historical Perspective on Epidemics in the Islands

Tsunami watch for Hawaii lifted after north Pacific quake

Archaeologists Unearth Remnants of Kitchen Behind Oldest House Still Standing in Maui


Community-Researcher Collaboration Reveals Ancient Maya Capital in Backyard
A recent excavation located the first physical evidence of the capital of the Maya kingdom of Sak Tz'i', founded in 750 B.C.


Prince Charles tests positive for novel coronavirus

White House, Senate reach historic $2 trillion stimulus deal amid growing coronavirus fears

US on track to become next coronavirus epicenter, but there's time to reverse course, health official says

The scariest thing Anthony Fauci said about Trump

Coronavirus delays Russian vote on Putin staying in power

President Trump is as popular as he's ever been right now

Renowned chef Floyd Cardoz dies after coronavirus diagnosis

Coronavirus updates: BBC

Gaza: Virus fears in crowded strip

Almost half New York City's coronavirus patients are under 45

Domestic Abuse Victims Need More Help As Coronavirus Spreads, Senators Say


Study supports contested 35-year-old predictions, shows that observable novae are just 'tip of the iceberg'

Mercury's Messy Surface May Have Once Had Crucial Ingredients for Life

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

March 25, 1965

Sarah Jessica Parker - Videos - Filmography

Maybe our mistakes are what determine our fate.

Sarah Jessica Parker Quotes 1

Sarah Jessica Parker Quotes 2

March 25, 1962

Marcia Cross - Videos - Filmography

Take coronavirus very seriously.

Marcia Cross Quotes

March 25, 1984

Katharine McPhee - Videos - Filmography -- Discography

Life is about to get very difficult due to coronavirus. Self quarantine

Katharine McPhee Quotes

March 25, 1960

Brenda Strong - Videos - Filmography

Practicing yoga is very calming for me in these trying times.

Brenda Strong Quotes

March 25, 1947

Elton John - Videos - Discography

My thoughts and prayers go out to Prince Charles and the Royal family today.

Elton John Quotes

March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin - Videos - Filmography - Discography

If a song's about something I've experienced or that
could've happened to me it's good. But if it's alien to me, I
couldn't lend anything to it because that's what soul is all about.

Aretha Franklin Quotes

March 25, 1970

Kari Matchett - Videos - Filmography

We are written as multidimensional characters in life and on screen.

Kari Matchett Quotes

March 25, 1975

Anne Dudek - Videos - Filmography

Life is never clearly black and white.
There are shades of gray and lots of highlights.

Anne Dudek Quotes

March 25, 1989

Alyson Michalka - Videos - Discography - Filmography

Life can be easy but generally it is very complex.

Aly Michalka

March 25, 1991

Seychelle Gabriel - Videos - Filmography

Science fiction is encoded with more truth than fiction

Seychelle Gabriel Quotes

March 25, 1982

Sean Faris - Videos - Filmography

Anybody can be fit. But you have to be patient.
Give your body some time to adjust.

Sean Faris Quotes

March 25, 1976

Domenick Lombardozzi - Videos - Filmography

I tend to be cast as a "Wiseguy". In the Irishman I played
Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno a Mob boss of the Genovese crime family.

Domenick Lombardozzi

Tuesday March 24, 2020     4:00 PM EDT

Trump says he wants the country 'opened up and just raring to go by Easter,' despite health experts' warnings

Japanese PM and IOC chief agree to postpone 2020 Olympics

Obama logs on amid the coronavirus pandemic - The former president comes off the sidelines to share health information, say thanks and offer inspiration - but avoids criticism of Trump

How to set up a home office that won't hurt your back, wrists or neck

Could the summer bring an end to COVID-19?


Distant 'quasar tsunamis' are ripping their own galaxies apart

We might be living in a gigantic, intergalactic bubble

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

March 24, 2020

New Moon 4° Aries

March 24, 1965

Peter Jacobson - Videos - Filmography

NCIS LA sometimes deals with biological weapons and potential pandemics.

Peter Jacobson Quotes

March 24, 1971

Megyn Price - Videos - Filmography

If you're feeling trapped indoors due to coronavirus, walk outside
or take a drive alone remembering to keep a distance from others.

Megyn Price Quotes

March 24, 1974

Alyson Hannigan - Videos - Filmography

I want to stay true to who I am by trying to be in the moment.

Alyson Hannigan Quotes

March 24, 1897 - November 3, 1957

Wilhelm Reich - Videos

Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.
Orgone energy is a hypothetical universal life force originally
proposed in the 1930s by Wilhelm Reich.

Plasma Cosmology

Wilhelm Reich and the Electric Universe

Electric Universe: Pseudoscience

I am well aware of the fact that the human race has known about

the existence of a universal energy related to life for many ages.

The basic task of natural science consists of making this energy usable.

Wilhelm Reich Quotes 1

Wilhelm Reich Quotes 2

March 24, 1490 - November 21, 1555

Georgius Agricola - Alchemist - Father of Mineralogy.

Buried beneath the earth is an alchemical treasure beyond man's widest dreams.
Minerals vary greatly in color, transparency, luster, brilliance, odor, taste
and other properties which are shown by their strength and weakness, shape, and form.
They have the variety of origins we find not only in living matter but in original matter.

Georgius Agricola

Mexico's Cave of Giant Crystals

Monday March 23, 2020     5:30 PM EDT

NASA Warns 6 Asteroids To Approach Earth This Week

A large asteroid ignored social distancing norms over the weekend An asteroid as wide as a football field passed through the neighborhood

Supermassive black holes shortly after the Big Bang: How to seed them


New Analysis Refutes Nazareth Inscription's Ties to Jesus' Death

The equinox reveals one of the secrets of Egypt's iconic Sphinx


East Antarctica's Denman Glacier has retreated almost 3 miles over last 22 years

How Australia's Wilderness Is Recovering From Wildfires


Christmas Island discovery redraws map of life

Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils


How COVID-19 Is Affecting the United States' National Parks

Remote islands swamped by people trying to escape virus

Tips for handling work and kids during COVID-19 isolation

Giant 'potentially hazardous' asteroid will fly safely by Earth in April

Tourists face trial, deportation for defecating in Machu Picchu sacred temple

Machu Picchu to install cameras, use drones to observe tourists in wake of defecation incident

NYC crime down 17% amid coronavirus crisis, reversing upward trend

Spring breakers from University of Tampa test positive for coronavirus

Young people didn't social distance because the government kept telling them not to worry

UK government imposes 3-week national lockdown, enforced by police, to contain coronavirus

Grocery delivery service Instacart to add 300,000 'shoppers'

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

March 23, 2020

National Puppy Day

How do you explain coronavirus to your puppy/pets who don't understand why so much is changing. For some it means having you around all the time but for others it's confusing.

March 23, 1976

Keri Russell - Videos - Filmography

Life is going to become more challenging.
Do your best to cope.

Keri Russell Quotes

March 23, 1976

Michelle Monaghan - Videos - Filmography

"Mission Impossible" taught me about bravery in the face of adversity.
Today we deal with coronavirus and the bravery of those who will save us.

Michelle Monaghan Quotes