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By STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — An explosion Saturday at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles injured 11 firefighters who...

Brush Fire Burns on South Santa Barbara County Coast

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Winds spread a brush fire over more than 150 acres (61 hectares) along the south Santa Barbara County coast...

Regulators Waive $200M Fine on PG&E For Causing Deadly Fires

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday suspended a $200 million fine against Pacific Gas & Electric as punishment for the utility's neglect...
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Multi-Vehicle Fire Spreads to Home, Apartment Building, Extinguished

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - At least nine vehicle in three garages were damaged this morning by a fire in the Arlington Heights area of...
Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighting

Property Owners Sue L.A. County Over Damage to Road During Woolsey Fire

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A group of property owners is suing Los Angeles County for the damage workers allegedly caused to a road owned...
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 3.7 Earthquake Strikes Near Inglewood

INGLEWOOD (CNS) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7 rattled parts of Southern California this morning, but there were no immediate reports of...
Vision Theatre Colon Street Cebu - Photographer: Constantine Agustin

Fire Damages Part Of Vision Theatre In South L.A.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Firefighters extinguished flames that damaged part of the Vision Theatre in South Los Angeles today, but no one was hurt.  ...
Meade firefighters help extinguish apartment fire off post- Photographer: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office

3-Alarm Fire Guts Restaurant, Causes $4.5M in Damage to Kearny Mesa Strip Mall

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a three-alarm fire that tore through a two-story restaurant and caused an estimated...

‘I Heard The Roar’: 6.5 Earthquake Hits Idaho

By REBECCA BOONE Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An earthquake struck north of Boise Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting...
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 States Geological...

5.7 Magnitude Quake Shakes Utah, Salt Lake Airport Closed

By BRADY McCOMBS and LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An earthquake shook millions of people across metro Salt Lake City...
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 massive blaze...

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 bridge failures...
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 bottom on the east end of...
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.   The non-injury...
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, quickly blackening...

Tornadoes Devastate Tennessee, Killing At Least 19 People

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding at least 40 buildings and killing at least 19 people. One of the...
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 east of Cobb, or about 27...

California Wildfire Victims Fear They’ll Be Last In Payout

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and DAISY NGUYEN Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the...

Refinery Fire In Metro LA Controlled By Firefighters

Carson, Calif. (AP) — A fire at a large refinery in metro Los Angeles was under control early Wednesday and no injuries had been...

Mars Lander Confirms Quakes, Even Aftershocks On Red Planet

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest Mars lander has confirmed that quakes and even aftershocks are regularly...

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. https://twitter.com/earthquakesLA/status/1230851171167768584 The shaking was reported...

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

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday, saying its executives...
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 County and...

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 19-year-old French citizen who was gravely injured when flames tore through a high-rise apartment tower this week died Friday...

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 5-0 in...
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 in West...
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.   The flames...
Santa Cruz California Harbor Tsunami 2011

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

Updated 1-28-2020 at 1:08pm PDT **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE ***** THIS MESSAGE IS ISSUED FOR INFORMATION ONLY IN SUPPORT...

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

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

Tsunami Warning Signs

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

How to Prepare for a Tsunami

California Department of Conservation outlines how to prepare for a Tsunami. Education and preparation are the best ways to avoid injury and increase your chances...
Santa Cruz California Harbor Tsunami 2011

What is a Tsunami?

The California Department of Conservation has the following definition of a Tsunami: A tsunami is a wave, or series of waves, generated by an...
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 Jacob proposed...
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 Department announced...
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 the United...
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 all who...
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. https://twitter.com/mercnews/status/1214175555005952000 The quake was...
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 that country,...
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 and Orange...
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 and damaging...
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 21.4 km, the U.S. Geological Survey...
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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 miles (12 kilometers) southeast of Parkfield,...
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 motorists are...
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 the San...
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.   https://twitter.com/LANow/status/1205081112143421441 The temblor struck with a magnitude...
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 decade, reports...
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 of the...
Western States Earthquake Activity

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes San Pedro

SAN PEDRO, CA — An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.0 has struck about 13 miles south of San Pedro, according to the U.S....
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 reported.The quake...
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 accuses the...

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 paper in...

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 what it...
Tsunami Inundation Maps

Official Tsunami Inundation Maps for California

Maps by County Below are listed links to Tsunami Inundation Maps by California County Compiled by the California Department of Conservation.Alameda County Contra Costa County Del Norte...
Earthquake Fault

California Earthquake Fault Activity Map of California 2010

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

The Great 1812 Santa Barbara Earthquake and Tsunami

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

Tsunami Risks To Costal Marinas and Boat Docks

The California Department of Conservation has great information on Tsunami risks to coastal marinas. Research indicates that a large tsunami from the Alaska-Aleutian Islands region...
California Coast - Everystockphoto: Photographer Ted

Sources of Tsunamis That Might affect California

California Department of Conservation has additional information on California Tsunamis. More than eighty tsunamis have been observed or recorded in California in historic times. Fortunately,...

Significant California Earthquakes 1700 – 2019

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 Below is...
USGS Earthquake Starts Tsunami

List of Historic California Tsunamis: 1812 – 2012

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). DateSource...
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

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Nov 26 (Reuters) - Fire ripped through brush and woodland on hills above Santa Barbara, California, early on Tuesday, causing authorities to...
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, including areas...
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 Power to...

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

By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman Nov 20 (Reuters) - About 50,000 homes and businesses across Northern California were without power on Wednesday during the latest planned...

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

By Steve Gorman Nov 19 (Reuters) - Power supply to about 150,000 California homes and businesses is expected to be shut off on Wednesday, in the latest...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

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

Nov 17 (Reuters) - About 180,000 customers in California could find themselves in the dark as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) warned that an...
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 of things:...
Healdsburg Fire Danger

Wildfire Threat Darkens California Dream, Residents Say

By Ellen Wulfhorst HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - K insey Metts moved to California for its wilderness and great outdoors. Now she wants to...
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 rattled the...

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 at 2:13...
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

Nov 11 (Reuters) - Bankrupt California power producer PG&E Corp is offering $13.5 billion in compensation to wildfire victims as part of a restructuring...
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

By Ellen Wulfhorst HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a wildfire threatened Margie Hanselman's home in the northern California hills two years...
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

By Erin Nyren LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A small brush fire broke out in the Hollywood Hills above the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, Calif., causing the Warner Bros. 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 hours. As...
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 Time and...

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