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A pair of earthquakes rocked some of the Channel Islands.

A magnitude 3.3 quake hit the San Clemente Island area at 10:58 a.m. Thursday, followed by a 3.0 at 11:14. Both quakes were centered about six miles southeast of the island. San Clemente Island isn’t open to the public, because the 56 square mile island is home to some military facilities.

There are no reports of damage, or people feeling the quakes onshore. San Clemente Island is about 60 miles southwest of Dana Point, in Orange County.

A boat is arriving in Ventura Harbor, wrapping up a trip from the Channel Islands which was more than 20 million years in the making. As Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History geologist Jonathan Hoffman watches, a crane moves a 700 pound crate from the boat to a dock. Inside are some fossils which may be the oldest of their kind ever found on the West Coast, from what’s known as a Sea Cow.

The South Coast is home to a club that’s open to everyone, but has a very unique membership test that can take years, and even decades to complete. In order to be a part of this club, you have to visit eight natural landmarks, some of which are easy to get to, and some are very difficult. It’s the “All Eight Club,” and to be a member, you need to have visited all eight of the Channel Islands.

(U.S. Air Force photo)

It was a series of related, and now all-but forgotten tragic accidents along the Santa Barbara County coast which left 16 people dead. It involving two plane crashes and a boat collision. On July 5th, some of those who died are being commemorated in Santa Barbara.

(National Park Service photo)

The remains of a man who died some 10,000 years ago have been returned home to the South Coast island which was his home.

A man researchers call “Tuqan Man” died, and was buried on San Miguel Island. In 2005, some archaeologists surveying a historic site in the islands found the remains exposed in a gully.

An isolated part of the Channel Islands was rocked by a series of small earthquakes Tuesday.

Three quakes all registering between magnitude three and four hit early Tuesday morning, all centered about six miles southwest of San Clemente Island. That’s about 110 miles southeast of Ventura.

She’s a  legendary figure in South Coast history, whose story has been retold in a popular book, a movie, and documentaries. A Native American woman lived by herself on one of the Channel Islands for nearly two decades. She was known as “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island."  But, some new research says she may not have actually been alone the whole time.

Two men have quite a story to tell today, after the boat they were in capsized in the Channel Islands, and they had to be rescued by the Coast Guard.

It happened Saturday afternoon.

(Photo Courtesy Matt Howard/Island Packers)

Maybe you felt it.  People on much of the the Central and South Coasts did when a magnitude 5.3 earthquake centered in the Channel Islands rocked the region Thursday afternoon.  No injuries or serious damage has been reported from the 12:39 p.m. quake, which had an epicenter 30 kilometers southwest of Santa Cruz Island.

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A 20 acre brush fire is burning on one of the Channel Islands, and could clearly be seen from some Ventura and Santa Barbara County coastal communities.

The blaze was reported at about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon on Santa Cruz Island, in an area near the Nature Conservancy Ranch. 

(Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History/National Park Service Photo)

Researchers say they’ve found the fossils of an extinct species of marine mammal in the Channel Islands which may be more than 20 million years old.

Photo by William Hoyer

Beginning in the early 1900s, scientists surveyed all the plants they could find on one of the Channel Islands, San Nicolas Island. More than 100 years later, researchers discovered many plants that had never been seen on the island before. 

Photo by Jennifer Perry

Dozens of archaeological sites have recently been discovered on the Channel Islands by a group of South Coast researchers. 

Santa Barbara Island is only one-square mile. It’s the smallest of the Channel Islands and the most isolated. In the 1960s, 19 archaeological sites were discovered.

Jennifer Perry, a Cal State Channel Islands anthropologist and archaeologist, was part of a team that re-surveyed the island over the last few years to find more than 40 additional archaeological sites, tripling the number of known sites and changing the view of the island’s prehistory.

(Photo courtesy Ocean Exploration Trust)

He discovered the long lost wreckage of the Titanic. He found what was left of the infamous German battleship Bismark.

And now, famed undersea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard has brought his exploration vessel, the Nautilus, to the Channel Islands, where his team is mapping, and exploring uncharted parts of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

The late winter and early spring months have been hard on South Coast shorebirds.

Their diet of certain fish was unfortunately tainted with domoic acid, and that's lead to serious and sometimes fatal illnesses.

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