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Unhealthy Air Blankets the Region

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MODESTO – Unhealthy air warnings were issued for the region Thursday as smoke from area wildfires blanketed the valley.

As of 2:00pm, the air quality was considered very unhealthy with fine particulate matter polluting the area. The particulate matter (pm2.5) refers to tiny particles or droplets in the air that measure two and a half microns or less in width. The particles are so small that they measure about thirty times smaller than a human hair.

The particulate matter is able to travel deeply into a respiratory tract, potentially reaching the lungs. Exposure could cause short term health effects like irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Coughing, sneezing, running nose and shortness of breath are all symptoms of exposure. Exposure can also worsen issues like asthma and heart disease.

Officials recommend avoiding outdoor activity, especially those with heart and lung disease, older adults, children and teens. Physical activities like exercise should be considered to move indoors or rescheduling for another time.

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Weather Forecast For March 1st, 2022

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MODESTO – The National Weather Service said Tuesday will have a high of about 76 and will be mostly sunny. Winds are estimated to be 5 miles per hour from the east.

Tuesday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47. Winds will be from the northwest between 3 and 5 miles per hour.

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Earthquake Felt in Valley and the Region

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MODESTO – An earthquake was felt Thursday afternoon in many valley cities and across the region.

According to the USGS, the earthquake happened at about 3:50pm and initially was estimated to be a 4.8 in magnitude. The epicenter was about 7 miles from the community of Farmington, east of Stockton.

UPDATE – USGS reclassified the epicenter to be closer to the Smith Valley area.

Officials with the National Weather Service reported feeling the quake in their building and reported slight shaking and movement.

People from as far as Merced, Sacramento, and the Bay Area reported feeling the tremor.

So far no damage or injuries were reported.

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How Hot Did It Get Today?

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The National Weather Service has been alerting the San Joaquin Valley Region about certain heat risks for the next few days, advising people to drink water, wear life jackets, and other precautions preventing heat related emergencies.

Stockton and Modesto were included in the “high risk” category from midday Wednesday through Sunday evening, meaning heat like this is rare.

Today Modesto tied its heat record from 2012 at 103 degrees.

Stockton broke its heat record from 2017 from 105 degrees by one degree to 106 degrees.

As the heat continues, the National Weather Service advises to drink water all day and not wait until you are thirsty.

Correction (6/18): The National Weather Service added corrections to these temperatures and stated Stockton tied its record of 105 degrees from 2017.

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