A traffic sign warns of road construction on Freedom Boulevard near Green Valley Road where underground sewer and water line construction continues. —Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

A light sprinkle fell over Watsonville Tuesday but for only about 15 minutes. The National Weather Service said there is also a chance of rain tonight. After that, the next chance of rain isn’t until Saturday.

A 5.8 earthquake rattled a portion of Northern California Sunday night around 8 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was centered about a mile deep in the Pacific Ocean, 70 miles southwest of Eureka. No significant damage was reported.

The avalanche of worry about the coronavirus has had a huge impact on the stock market, which has eradicated nearly $5 trillion in stock market wealth, The New York Times reported. With only 10 minutes into the day’s trading Monday on Wall Street, the S&P’s sank a blistering 7.6 percent and oil prices dropped a whopping 20 percent, the worst since the first Persian Gulf War. Stocks sluggishly stepped up at the start of Tuesday. Dow Jones came up about 6 percent.

Many Californians are struggling with the idea of having to show up to work, even though they are sick, because they have no sick pay, according to several TV news reports regarding the coronavirus. While some companies are suggesting people work from home, at some workplaces it isn’t possible, like retail, restaurants and some manufacturing, for example.

The TV show, Jeopardy, has now said it will air without a live audience because of virus fears. 

Quote of the day: “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ― Jack Kerouac.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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