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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.
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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...
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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

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...
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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

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

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

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

The California Department of Conservation has great information on Tsunami risks to coastal marinas. Research indicates that a large...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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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).
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

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

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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

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By Steve Gorman Nov 19 (Reuters) - Power supply to about 150,000 California homes and businesses is expected to be...
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Fire Threat On High Alert: PG&E Could Leave Thousands of Californians Without Power

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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