fbpx
Saturday, March 28, 2020
WatchOurCity.com
Home Safety & Preparedness

Safety & Preparedness

Find information about earthquakes, fires, tsunami warnings, and emergency preparedness.

A fault line crack in Highway 178 is opened by a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake, triggered by a 6.4 the previous day, near the epicenter in Trona, California, U.S., July 6, 2019. Picture taken July 6, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew

Sonoma County: 4.1 Magnitude Quake Rattles Area Near Cobb Mountain Early Wednesday

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake has hit an area of unincorporated Sonoma County near Cobb Mountain early Wednesday morning, according to the United...
Construction workers looks at the rubble from a building after an earthquake Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has shaken the city and many of its suburbs. The quake sent panicked residents running to the streets, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and closed the city's airport and its light rail system.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

5.7 Magnitude Quake Shakes Utah, Salt Lake Airport Closed

0
By BRADY McCOMBS and LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An earthquake shook millions of...
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Los Angeles City Sued Over Massive 2018 Fire At Boyle Heights Warehouse

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A company that was a tenant in a Boyle Heights warehouse where three firefighters were injured fighting a...
A fault line crack in Highway 178 is opened by a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake, triggered by a 6.4 the previous day, near the epicenter in Trona, California, U.S., July 6, 2019. Picture taken July 6, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew

Report: 6.9 Earthquake Would Cause Catastrophic Damage In San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A magnitude 6.9 earthquake on San Diego's Rose Canyon Fault could damage 100,000 residences, cause widespread road and...
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Blaze Erupts In Santa Ana River Bottom Near Norco, 20% Contained

By ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer NORCO (CNS) - A wind-whipped brush fire in the Santa Ana River...
Meade firefighters help extinguish apartment fire off post- Photographer: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office

Suspicious Blaze Guts Mobile Home In El Cajon

EL CAJON (CNS) - An investigation was underway today into a possible arson fire that destroyed a residential trailer in El Cajon.  ...
Wildfire

Blaze Erupts In Santa Ana River Bottom Near Norco

NORCO (CNS) - A wind-whipped brush fire broke out today in the Santa Ana River bottom on the east end of Norco,...
Sumant Joshi helps to clean up rubble at the East End United Methodist Church after it was heavily damaged by storms Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Joshi is a resident in the area and volunteered to help clean up. Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding buildings and killing multiple people. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tornadoes Devastate Tennessee, Killing At Least 19 People

0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding at least 40 buildings and killing at least 19 people. One...
Cracks are seen in the street next to Trona Community Church after a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake broke, triggered by a 6.4 the previous day, near the epicenter in Trona, California

3.7- Magnitude Earthquake Hits North Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO – A preliminary 3.7-magnitude earthquake hit the North Bay on Wednesday. The quake hit about 3.5 miles...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, photo, Jason Meek, whose Northern California wine country home was destroyed in 2017, walks through the remains of his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement between victims, including Meek, of California's catastrophic wildfires and Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, it has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair as the victims, government agencies, and lawyers grapple for their piece of the settlement fund. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

California Wildfire Victims Fear They’ll Be Last In Payout

0
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and DAISY NGUYEN Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $13.5 billion settlement between victims...
A fire burns after an explosion at the Marathon Refinery in Carson on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP)

Refinery Fire In Metro LA Controlled By Firefighters

0
Carson, Calif. (AP) — A fire at a large refinery in metro Los Angeles was under control early Wednesday and no injuries...
This Feb. 18, 2020 photo made available by NASA shows the InSight lander's dome-covered seismometer, known as SEIS, on Mars. On Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, scientists reported that the spacecraft has detected hundreds of quakes and even aftershocks that are regularly jolting the red planet. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

Mars Lander Confirms Quakes, Even Aftershocks On Red Planet

0
By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest Mars lander has confirmed that...
Compton Community College students Alma Angel, 19, (L-R), Jacqueline Parra, 19, Ana Angel, 19, and Hugo Sierra, 18, participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill as California releases its new MyShake early warning app, in Los Angeles, California, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Castaic, No Immediate Reports Of Damage, Injuries

CASTAIC (CNS) - A magnitude 3.7 earthquake rattled Castaic this morning, but there were not immediate reports of damage of injuries.
In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. A federal judge repeatedly ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric, saying its executives have put greed before safety. U.S. District Judge William Alsup told the utility at a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that it should plan to have at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to reduce the chances that it will cause even more devastation. The harsh rebuke came in a hearing as part of PG&E's criminal probation imposed after its natural gas lines blew up a San Bruno, California, neighborhood and killed eight people. Since its probation, poorly maintained power lines have been blamed for igniting wildfires that killed nearly 130 people and destroyed thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Judge Rips PG&E For Poor Safety Record Leading To Wildfires

0
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ripped into Pacific Gas &...
Trash Fire

Southern California AQMD Issues Another Wood-Burning Ban

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A residential no-burn alert will be in effect tomorrow in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes Orange...
Los Angele Fire Department PIO Capt. Erik Scott, center at podium, briefs the media on a fire that broke out at a 25-story high-rise apartment building, which started on a sixth-floor balcony and sent choking smoke billowing through the upper levels in West Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.(AP Photo Damian Dovarganes)

Man, 19, Gravely Injured in Los Angeles High-rise Fire Dies

0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 19-year-old French citizen who was gravely injured when flames tore through a high-rise apartment tower this week...
This Nov. 1, 2019, file photo shows flames from a backfire on a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by more than $50 billion in claims stemming from a series of catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the San Francisco company. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

San Diego County Supervisors Formally OK Wildfire Building Codes

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors signed off yesterday on stricter building requirements to lessen wildfire damage.   The vote was...
This image from video by Jenna Fabian shows a Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter on a ladder rescuing a man who had climbed out on the side of a 25-story high-rise apartment, escaping flames from a burning apartment balcony, after a fire broke out on a sixth-floor balcony and sent choking smoke billowing through the upper levels in West Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Courtesy of Jenna Fabian via AP)

14 People Injured In West L.A. High-Rise Fire, One In Grave Condition; Building Did...

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The origins of a "suspicious'' fire that broke out on the seventh floor of a 25-story apartment building...
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Several Injured In Fire In High-Rise Residential Building In West LA

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A fire broke out today in a 25-story residential building in West Los Angeles, leaving several people injured.  ...
Santa Cruz California Harbor Tsunami 2011

TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER – Possible Threat to JAMAICA, CAYMAN ISLANDS, GRAND CAYMAN, CUBA

0
Updated 1-28-2020 at 1:08pm PDT **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE ****...
Jamaica Earthquake

7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Between Cuba and Jamaica; Possible Tsunami Threat

0
HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica on...
Tsunami Aftermath - Everystockphoto: Photographer sarvodaya.org

Tsunami Warning Signs

0
The California Department of Conservation list the Tsunami Warning Signs as follows: Very strong ground shaking along the coast...
Go Bag - Everystockphoto: Photographer Okaggi

How to Prepare for a Tsunami

0
California Department of Conservation outlines how to prepare for a Tsunami. Education and preparation are the best ways to...
Santa Cruz California Harbor Tsunami 2011

What is a Tsunami?

0
The California Department of Conservation has the following definition of a Tsunami: A tsunami is a wave, or series of waves, generated...
Wildfire

San Diego Supervisors OK Building Code Upgrades For Wildfire Protection

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors today backed stricter building requirements to lessen wildfire damage.   Supervisors Jim Desmond and Dianne...
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Los Angeles Sets Record For Lowest Number Of Fire Fatalities In 2019

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles set a record in 2019 for the lowest number of structure fire fatalities, the city Fire...
Seismogram at Weston Observatory

3.3 Magnitude Quake Rattles Area 9 Miles Southwest Of Gilroy Early Monday Morning

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit an area approximately 9 miles southwest of Gilroy in San Benito County early Monday morning, according to...
Campfire -Photographer: Sam Howzit

South Coast AQMD Bans Residential Wood Burning Today

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a no-burn day alert through 11:59 p.m. today for...
Seismogram at Weston Observatory

Santa Clara County: 3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Southwest Of Gilroy Early Monday

A preliminary magnitude 3.0 earthquake has struck in unincorporated Santa Clara County early Monday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Wildfire

Angeles National Forest Service Sending 20 Firefighters To Australia

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Angeles National Forest Service is sending 20 firefighters to Australia to help battle the raging wildfires in...
Wildfire

California Certifies Statewide Programmatic Environmental Impact Review To Protect Californians From Catastrophic Wildfires

Published: Dec 31, 2019 State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has certified the fuel management and forest protection program  The California Vegetation Treatment Program will help CAL FIRE and other public agencies increase vegetation management efforts statewide while meeting CEQA standards SACRAMENTO – California has a new tool in its efforts to build wildfire [...]
Western States Earthquake Activity

4.0-Magnitude Quake Felt Around Southern California – Centered in the Channel Islands

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A preliminary magnitude 4.0 earthquake, centered in the Channel Islands area, was felt in parts of Los Angeles...
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Fire Damages Strip Mall In Woodland Hills, Causes Roof Collapse

WOODLAND HILLS (CNS) - Fire damaged a strip mall in Woodland Hills this morning, causing a portion of the roof to collapse...
eureka 4.1 magnitude

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes NorCal Coast

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake shook Petrolia in Northern California today. The 7:30 a.m. tremor was hit at around ...
quake1

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Paso Robles

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake shook Paso Robles in central California on Tuesday. The 10:29 a.m. tremor was centered 8...
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Crews To Conduct Controlled Burn Near Idyllwild

IDYLLWILD (CNS) - Fire crews are slated tomorrow to burn piles of brush and debris just south of Idyllwild, and residents and...
The gathering storm - Everystockphoto: Photographer net_efekt

Wind Storm Strikes California Southland

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Strong and potentially disruptive Santa Ana winds will buffet the Southland today.   The strongest winds are expected in...
Cracks are seen in the street next to Trona Community Church after a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake broke, triggered by a 6.4 the previous day, near the epicenter in Trona, California

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes San Bernardino County

PASADENA (CNS) - A small earthquake rattled a section of San BernardinoCounty today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.  
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Cash Ablaze: California Firefighters’ Overtime Costs Jump 65%

Due to large increases in wildfires across the state of California, the overtime costs for firefighters surged by 65% over the past...
Wildfire

California Bans Insurers From Cancelling Fire Policies In Wildfire Zones

California passed temporary restrictions on Thursday banning insurers from declining or refusing to renew home-insurance policies for homeowners in certain wildfire-prone parts...
Western States Earthquake Activity

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes San Pedro

0
SAN PEDRO, CA — An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.0 has struck about 13 miles south of San Pedro, according to...
A fault line crack in Highway 178 is opened by a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake, triggered by a 6.4 the previous day, near the epicenter in Trona, California, U.S., July 6, 2019. Picture taken July 6, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew

Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake Jolts Brea Area

BREA (CNS) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.2 struck near Brea tonight, but no damage or injuries were...
LA DWP Headquarters

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) Sued By Federal Government Over 2017...

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power is defending itself against a federal lawsuit that...

New Tectonic Fault Zone Cluster Found Off California Coast

A new cluster of tectonic faults has been discovered on the ocean floor off the coast of Santa Cruz. A recently published...
PG& Pacific Gas & Electric

Can Pacific G&E Follow San Diego G&E Approach to Wildfire Challenge?

PG&E’s role in the recent spate of wildfires is an issue being vigorously debated across the state. What the utility has done wrong and...
Tsunami Inundation Maps

Official Tsunami Inundation Maps for California

0
Maps by County Below are listed links to Tsunami Inundation Maps by California County Compiled by the California...
Earthquake Fault

California Earthquake Fault Activity Map of California 2010

0
The California Department of Conservation has an excellent map of California Earthquake faults. See the bottom of this page for a...
Crack in Hill Behind La Purisima Mission Site Santa Barbara County

The Great 1812 Santa Barbara Earthquake and Tsunami

0
An incredible history of the 1812 Santa Barbara earthquake and tsunami has been assemble here on the UCSB University of Santa Barbara...
Crescent City Harbor after 2011 Tsuanmi - Photo Credit Rick Wilson

Tsunami Risks To Costal Marinas and Boat Docks

0
The California Department of Conservation has great information on Tsunami risks to coastal marinas. Research indicates that a large...
California Coast - Everystockphoto: Photographer Ted

Sources of Tsunamis That Might affect California

0
California Department of Conservation has additional information on California Tsunamis. More than eighty tsunamis have been observed or recorded...

Significant California Earthquakes 1700 – 2019

0
The California Department of Conservation has a consolidated listing of Significant California Earthquakes. The information below was sourced from https://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/Pages/Earthquakes/eq_chron.aspx...
USGS Earthquake Starts Tsunami

List of Historic California Tsunamis: 1812 – 2012

0
The table below shows data from some of the tsunamis recorded in central and southern California from 1812 to 2012(Source: https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/nndc/servlet/ShowDatasets).
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Wildfire Outside Santa Barbara, California, Threatens homes, Causes Evacuations

0
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Nov 26 (Reuters) - Fire ripped through brush and woodland on hills above Santa Barbara, California, early on Tuesday, causing...
San Bernardino National Forest

Prescribed Burns Planned in the San Bernardino National Forest

IDYLLWILD (CNS) - The onset of winter weather will permit prescribed burning operations to get underway in the San Bernardino National Forest,...
Wildfire

Wildfire Report: Los Angeles Controller’s Report Calls for More DWP Wildfire Prevention

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The city controller released a report today that outlines recommendations for the Los Angeles Department of Water and...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

PG&E Cuts Power to 50,000 California Homes and Businesses During Wildfire Risk

0
By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman Nov 20 (Reuters) - About 50,000 homes and businesses across Northern California were without...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

California’s PG&E Customers Face New Round of Mass Outages

0
By Steve Gorman Nov 19 (Reuters) - Power supply to about 150,000 California homes and businesses is expected to be...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

Fire Threat On High Alert: PG&E Could Leave Thousands of Californians Without Power

0
Nov 17 (Reuters) - About 180,000 customers in California could find themselves in the dark as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) warned...
A fault line crack in Highway 178 is opened by a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake, triggered by a 6.4 the previous day, near the epicenter in Trona, California, U.S., July 6, 2019. Picture taken July 6, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew

California Tremors: Why Earthquakes Shake the West Coast. Part 1 of Our Tremors Series.

Editor's note: This is part one of watchourcity.com's ongoing series on California earthquake history, preparedness, and response.California is known for a lot...
Healdsburg Fire Danger

Wildfire Threat Darkens California Dream, Residents Say

0
By Ellen Wulfhorst HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - K insey Metts moved to California for its wilderness...
Trona Earthquake November 13 2019

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Ridgecrest, Trona California.

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake hit near the areas of Ridgecrest and Trona California today, as reported by U.S. Geological Survey.The quake, which...

Earthquake Shakes Border Region

PASADENA (CNS) - A magnitude-4.0 earthquake shook the California-Baja California border region today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The temblor hit...
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

PG&E to offer $13.5 bln in compensation to wildfire victims – Bloomberg

0
Nov 11 (Reuters) - Bankrupt California power producer PG&E Corp is offering $13.5 billion in compensation to wildfire victims as part of...
Cracks are seen in the street next to Trona Community Church after a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake broke, triggered by a 6.4 the previous day, near the epicenter in Trona, California

Earthquakes Felt Across Southern California

INDIO (CNS) - A small earthquake rattled parts of the Coachella Valley today, but there were no reports of serious damage. A temblor with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5 was detected at 2:07 p.m. about 10 miles north of Indio, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was felt in some areas of the [...]
Firefighters remove a flag off a barn, as the wind driven Kincade fire burns near the town of Healdsburg, California, U.S., October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

FEATURE-As Wildfires Worsen, Californians Harness Tech for Help

0
By Ellen Wulfhorst HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a wildfire threatened Margie Hanselman's home in...
Smoke from a bushfire fills the sky near the Warner Bros. Studios at the Universal City area in northwest Los Angeles March 30, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)

Small Brush Fire Breaks Out Above Warner Bros. Lot in Burbank

0
By Erin Nyren LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A small brush fire broke out in the Hollywood Hills above the Warner Bros. studio lot...
Ventura earthquake November 8 2019

Tremors Continue in Ventura for the Second Day in a Row

Residents of Ventura received a different kind of morning wake up call today as three earthquakes hit the area in under 2...
Cracks emerge on a road after an earthquake broke in Trona, California, U.S., in this photo from the USGS posted on July 6, 2019. USGS/Handout via REUTERS

Two Earthquakes Hit Ventura County

Residents of Ventura California were awoken this morning by some other than an alarm clock. A 3.3-magnitude struck at 4:58 a.m. Pacific...

Weather - Click The Icon To Change Locations

Los Angeles
overcast clouds
47.2 ° F
55.4 °
38 °
54 %
0.9mph
90 %
Sat
64 °
Sun
63 °
Mon
67 °
Tue
76 °
Wed
76 °

Feature Stories