SoCal's Stinky Smell: Salton Sea, Ocean And Weather All Possible Contributors, AQMD Says

"We do not have any definitive evidence to pinpoint the Salton Sea or any other source yet."

Residents across Southern California, including Southwest Riverside County, have reported a foul sulfur-smelling odor (to read more). Earlier today the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued an advisory (click here to read), and now agency has issued another advisory. Below is the full text of what the agency issued shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday:

"Air quality officials are continuing to investigate the source of a rotten-egg odor reported last night and today across much of Southern California, from the Salton Sea to the San Fernando Valley.  

"'Several factors indicate that the Salton Sea may have been the source of these odors,' said Barry Wallerstein, executive officer for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). 'However we do not have any definitive evidence to pinpoint the Salton Sea or any other source yet.'  

"AQMD deployed field inspectors today to the San Fernando Valley, Long Beach, Colton, San Bernardino, Riverside, Perris, Temecula, Banning, Palm Springs, La Quinta and the Salton Sea in an attempt to locate the source of the odor.

"Several sources have reported hot weather and a possible release of bacteria from the bottom of the sea due to winds there. Those conditions could cause strong sulfur odors.  

"In addition, strong thunderstorm activity in the Salton Sea area and resulting high winds from the southeast could have pushed odors into the Los Angeles basin. However, it is highly unusual for odors to remain strong up to 150 miles from their source, Wallerstein said.  

"AQMD will collect air samples this evening in several locations throughout the Coachella Valley and at the Salton Sea. An analysis of those samples may provide further evidence of a possible source.  

"Since midnight last night, AQMD has received about 200 complaints of sulfur- and rotten-egg odors. Most callers were from the Coachella Valley and other portions of Riverside County as well as San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. Only a few calls came from Orange County.  

"A strengthening onshore breeze tomorrow may keep any additional odors from spreading as far west as they did today, AQMD officials said.  

"AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties."

Constant Comment September 11, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Better them than real dogs. Where's your compassion? HA! }~)
Jenny Nason September 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I'm not believing it
Carole Masson September 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I think they should look for an earth fissure as we have had so many tremors. Was there ever volcanic activity in the Inland Empire area?
Ken Mayes September 11, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Sure there are. The Santa Rosa Plateau is comprised of basalt that is about 10 million years old. Then you have Amboy Crater in San Bernadino County which last saw activity about 500 years ago along with the Salton Buttes in Imperial County last active around 6500 years ago. The town of Brawley, Imperial County sits atop a geothermal field that is part of the Salton Sink south the Salton Sea.
Constant Comment September 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Thank you Ken for putting your socks back on! We can all breathe a little bit easier now.............}~)


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