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Stinky Smell Hits L.A. County

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is investigating reports of a sulfur like odor.

Sulfur-like odors are being reported across the Southern California from the Inland Empire to Southwest Riverside County to L.A. County this morning.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District sent out an advisory Monday morning saying it has received more than 100 calls about the smell and has people in the field investigating.  Altadena Patch has received an email from a reader inquiring about the smell as well.

The district's alert says investigators do not know the cause of the smell, but noted that possibilities include "Fish kills, algae blooms and other biologic conditions" as well as "industrial facilities such as wastewater plants."

The odor has also been reported in the Coachella Valley, where last week the AQMD said it had deployed field inspectors in response to complaints from residents. Although a strong scent from the Salton Sea is commonly experienced in the fall and winter months, the district has not yet publicly confirmed the smell is coming from that area. Today the AQMD is closed.

The Salton Sea’s odor this time of year can be caused by high salinity in the water, high evaporation rate, lack of sea outlet, inflow of untreated water from Mexico through the New River and algae decomposition after a “planktonic boom.”

Do you smell the odor?  If so, please add your location to the interactive map above.  To do so, simply click on the link to the larger map and hit the 'Edit' button, then use the blue icon to add your location

Maria Impala September 10, 2012 at 07:31 PM
When we left the house (in Altadena) this morning the first thing I said to my husband was it smelled like sewer outside....
Roberta Martínez September 10, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Glad to read this, I was about to call.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
It seems a lot of people have noticed in Altadena - check out the comments on the Altadena Patch Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AltadenaPatch. I think I must have the worst sense of smell in the world. My eyes are stinging a bit though so it might have something to do with the stink.
Moog September 10, 2012 at 07:41 PM
OMG, it stinks up here in La Vina. It smells like a busted sewer line.
Rasheed Ali September 10, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Thanks Altadena Patch for being so responsive to us here in the 'Dena! :) You rock!
liz September 10, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I smelled it too.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Check this out everyone, interactive stink map! http://www.sbsun.com/ci_21508188/developing-pungent-smell-menacing-inland-empire
Robby September 10, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Hit me first thing this morning when I got up. I thought the dogs had dragged a "dead thing" in through the dog door overnight. I searched the whole house for whatever poor dead critter they'd deposited....of course I didn't find anything. I emptied all my trash cans and took the bags out to the bin. Is it really possible that smells from Salton Sea could reach all the way to the San Fernando Valley?
Aisha Cohen September 10, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I'm out in Fontana this week. No smell here. Breezy, cloudy and not unbearably hot.
welby September 10, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I stopped by FedEx this morning and honestly checked the bottom of my shoes.
Angela Odom September 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Oh my goodness it's horrible. Thanks for the update.
Louis Educe September 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Hi, I am on the west side of Sierra Madre above SM blvd and I smelled it strong this morning around 7:15. Thought someone had egged a neighbor kids house. Hopefully they can figure out what it is - we had a downpour last night - could it be something had been carried in or washed out by it?
not Carl Peterson lll September 11, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Its the smell of socialism permeating the fabric of society. Make public socialism as hard to get as public smoking is now. SORRY, I could not stop myself. However the smell mystery reminds me of an occasion about ten years ago that turned out to be the old chicken farm off the 605.The similar part was the humidity, and/or the low cloud level
Joanne September 11, 2012 at 03:59 AM
It has been stinky in Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley all day too. This morning I thought a sewer back up under my house it was so strong.
not Carl Peterson lll September 11, 2012 at 04:16 AM
EARTHQUAKE ?? Disclaimer: This is a totally unscientific irresponsible speculation but...Sulpher underground comes from hotsprings. Why not then when things are being disturbed underground, pre-earthquake. Damn, tomorrows 911. That not a joke. So lets say ohhh...Sept 12, 2012 And usually in the early morning, right? sooo 3:17 A.M
Louis Educe September 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
it is 6:53 am and I am still waiting... but if you are looking for patterns, I noticed that all the big earthquakes have happened in a 2 day window either before or after the full or new moon (the next new is on the 15th and full on the 29th) so it could be soon... I have seen the sulfur connection talked about too on some end-of-the-world sites (but that is not till December!)
Louis Educe September 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Hey, did you see that there was a 7.3 in Columbia 9:30am today (Sept 30th)? the day AFTER the full moon? Just saying it seems to happen A LOT more often than chance says it should with the 6.0s and higher either just before of after the New or Full moons. and notice I posted the above Sept 10th!
not Carl Peterson lll October 01, 2012 at 12:00 AM
OK... but where's the data. Been hearing full moon = earthquakes forever. Show me the data.
Louis Educe October 01, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Here are a few notable earthquakes form California’s past and other large ones. Do some research yourself with the USGS site and the link at end of post for the phases. I don’t say it ALWAYS happens or it NEVER happens if it is not Full/new, but if I know it is close to the full/new I make sure and have supplies in my car, or wear boots to work… The San Francisco earthquake struck 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906 FULL 1900 APR 15 1933 March 10 1933 Long Beach earthquake FULL 1933 MAR 12 Great Alaska Earthquake Good Friday, March 27, 1964 FULL Mar 28 1971 February 9 San Fernando earthquake FULL 1971 FEB 10 Oct. 17, 1989 Loma Prieta (SF) FULL 1989 OCT 14 1991 Sierra Madre earthquake June 28 FULL 1991 JUN 27 December 26 2004 Indonesia Equake and Tsunami FULL Dec 26 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake April 4th FULL Mar 30 LAST QTR Apr 6 March 11, 2011 Japan Eathquake and Tsunami NEW Mar 4 First Qtr Mar 12 Plus there are MANY more - I usually don't "count" anything less than 6.5-7.0, but the smaller ones build up around the moon cycles too. Find ANY moon phase here! http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/MoonPhase.php
Louis Educe October 29, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Hey - did you know that the official full moon is tomorrow during our daytime at 12:50pm Oh and did you hear about the 7.7 off the coast of Canada... Just saying keep your boots handy.
not Carl Peterson lll October 29, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Louis, I never saw your earthquick post of Oct 1, until now. Thats a lot of earthquacks around the full moon. I think we need to find out the math on this. If you count 2 days before,two days after, and the day of full moon, thats about one of six days in a month. 5 days x 6 = 30. So are their a lot less than six times the amount of earthquacks in total, then......

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