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Here & Now: Hurriquake in California

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For the first time in decades — a hurricane hit California. An earthquake followed. Learn about this natural phenomenon and how it's linked to climate change.

Imagine preparing for a hurricane, and then getting hit with an earthquake. This is what happened to the residents of Southern California on August 20, 2023 — for the first time in history. The last time a tropical storm hit California was 1939. This tropical storm never reached the 119 kilometers per hour (74 mph) windspeed requirement for hurricane designation while over land. But the recent storm did briefly meet this requirement before landfall.

Why doesn't California usually get hurricanes if it's a coastal state?

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