Accidents and Disasters

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Uh-oh, Remember That Silverado Canyon Fire?

    Silverado Canyon residents are being advised to evacuate their homes in advance of heavy rains overnight that could cause flash flooding and debris flows over the scar left by September's 1,500 acre brush fire, according to Orange County fire authorities.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Brush Fire Engulfs Silverado Canyon

    A 100-acre brush fire broke out in Silverado Canyon late this morning. State and county firefighters are working to contain the flames with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service, which has jurisdiction over the Cleveland National Forest. According to CBS, the fire was reported around 10:50 a.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Hurricane Marie is Bringing High Surf, Mucho Traffic and Scant Parking: Update

    See the update at the end of this post on Newport Beach officials warning of high traffic and scant parking because of people flocking to the coast to see high waves, particularly at The Wedge. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 25, 11:06 A.M.: If you thought the surf that pounded Orange County beaches was trea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Heroes of the Coast Remembered, Honored and Seen on the Big Screen Tonight

    The folks who helped bring California its powerful Coastal Commission 41 years ago are featured in a documentary screening this evening at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. The showing of Heroes of the Coast, which "tells the story of how a grassroots group of Californians organized to save the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Alaska Quake Tsunami Scenario Swallows North Orange County Coast and Long Beach: USGS

    A tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off the coast of Alaska would leave the northern Orange County coast and Long Beach underwater, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report released Wednesday. The natural disaster would force the evacuation of about 750,000 coastal Californians a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Society Is Full Of New-Fangled Idiots

    [Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Earthquake DOES Jolt Costa Mesa: Update

    See the update at the end of this post about the earthquake that struck Costa Mesa at 1:39 p.m. today.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 4, 1:47 P.M.: Did anyone else just feel that?About five minutes ago, I felt a quick jolt under my feet followed by what sounded like someone running across my roof.Someone on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Burning Man Festival Comes to Anaheim

    Anaheim Police are investigating the case of a man's body found inside a burning car early this morning as a homicide.But residents of the 100 block of South Westchester Drive suspect the tragedy was an accident.Or was it a suicide?

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Surfrider: Florida Music Festival Promoter Stiffed Us $30,000

    Surfrider Foundation is suing a Florida party promoter for stiffing the nationally prominent, San Clemente-based environmental group out of at least $30,000.According to a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Scott H. Mitchell--the managing partner of Five Flags Tourism Group--hosted an Oc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Japan To Ask UNESCO To List Its Cuisine As An "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity"

    ​A year after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan will submit to have UNESCO recognize its cuisine as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". The country will argue that "Washoku: Traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese," a seasons-based cuisine based on rice, fish and vegetables ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 2, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Two Earthquakes Strike Southern California

    Feel that? The end is near.​Two 3.0-plus earthquakes rocked Southern California in a recent 14-hour period.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the last one, a 3.5 "shallow" strike, hit just before 9 a.m. today in the mountains near Coachella.A Palm Springs newspaper is reporting that resident ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    [UPDATED with Conditions of Injured:] Mysterious Explosion Rocks Newport Beach

    ​UPDATE, OCT. 12, 2:09 P.M.: Newport Beach fire officials still haven't found the cause of an explosion that sent four people to a hospital this morning. Three are in serious condition with burns to their arms and faces, while the fourth, who drove to the hospital, sustained moderate injuries. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    [UPDATED with Removal of 100 Trees:] Can Death Be Blamed on Last Week's Small Earthquake?

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 21, 9:45 A.M.: Whether or not a small earthquake earlier in the day caused a 10-ton Blue Gum Eucalyptus to fall and crush to death Haeyoon Miller on Thursday afternoon, the city of Newport Beach is cutting down 100 more trees in the same area.The city announced Tuesday evening that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Ambulance Chasing? There's an App for That

    ​You're sitting there at the side of the road with another slack-jawed driver you've just engaged in a fender bender. Time was, you'd fumble for paper and pen and switch names and digits with the other bumper carsman for insurance deductible considerations to be figured out later. But now, a Newpo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    [UPDATED with Conviction:] John Hines, Long Beach Fire Captain, Guilty of DUI Hit and Run of Cyclist

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 6, 2:59 P.M.: Long Beach Fire Department Capt. John Hines pleaded guilty today to severely injuring a cyclist in a mid-day hit-and-run crash while driving with a blood alcohol level of .24 percent, three times the legal limit. The 38-year-old Huntington Beach resident accepted a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    4.3 Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles: A Dispatch from the Burbank Bureau:

    Was that a foreshock?​There's nothing more disconcerting than those first moments of an earthquake. Is this the Big One? Is it going to get worse?When you're almost 30 stories up in a building that's attached to bedrock (as I was), even a small earthquake, like the 4.3 earthquake that struck Newha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    [UPDATED with No Action:] San Onofre Nuke Plant Shutdown Tempts San Clemente City Council

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 22, 4:36 P.M.: Travel back in time, kiddies, to one month and four days ago. The world was so much different then. Facing a full house of potential voters opposed to the continued operation of the nearby San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), the San Clemente City Council g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    [UPDATED: TCA's Thoughts] Time for a Rematch? TCA Rekindles 241 Toll Road Talks, Citing Japan Devastation; Surfrider Foundation Responds

    Surfrider FoundationThe swindle'n continues.​UPDATE, MAY 9, 4:20 P.M.: The basis for the most recent PR campaign--pushing the need for additional evacuation routes in the case of a emergency at SONGS or Camp Pendleton--was a concern expressed in a public poll from November 2010 (months before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    [UPDATED with Arraignment:] John Hines, Long Beach Fire Captain, Arrested for Felony Hit and Run

    ​UPDATE, MAY 3, 9:36 A.M.: Long Beach Fire Department Capt. John Hines turned himself in to an Orange County court this morning on a $250,000 arrest warrant and was to be arraigned immediately on felony drunken driving and hit-and-run charges that could keep him in state prison for nearly seven ye ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011 and Select Boutiques Donating Net Proceeds to Japan Disaster Relief Tomorrow

    ​It's now the world's most famous mouthless white cat's turn to help out Japan: Tomorrow, and select participating boutique locations will donate all net proceeds toward Japan disaster relief.The company (whose stateside headquarters is housed in Torrance) seems to be following in the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Bid on Fleet Foxes' Test Pressing of 'Helplessness Blues' to Benefit Japan

    ​If you're anything like us, you're probably jonesing really badly for Fleet Foxes' upcoming set Helplessness Blues, due for release to the masses on May 3. If, however, you have a couple of thousand to ease your pain (unlike us), you can bid on a test pressing of their upcoming sophomore release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Will Eating Sea Kelp Save Us From Radiation?

    ​The officials have assured us we're fine, a very safe distance from the radiation that's still emitting from the disaster-hit nuclear plant in Japan, but that hasn't stopped folks around here from taking extra precautions. People are flocking to local health food markets such as Mother's and Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Radiation Detected in Japan's Tap Water and Anaheim's Air

    ​If you don't want to be exposed to radiation, don't drink the water in Japan.Or . . . gulp . . . breathe the air in Anaheim. The Japanese government says today elevated levels of radioactive iodine from a crippled nuclear plant we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    End Days Alert: Radioactive Plume to Reach OC From Japan Late Friday

    ​Here's the bad news: a United Nations forecast says that a so-called "plume" of radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant will reach Southern California by late Friday after blowing across the Pacific Ocean via the Aleutian Islands. The plume is then expected to continue its eastward journey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    [UPDATE: National Tsunami Week] Tsunami Watch OC: Crowds Gathering to Catch Glimpse of Tsunami, But Not Much to See

    Will it come?!​UPDATE, MARCH 16, 5:32 P.M.: To the people of Japan and even (to a lesser extent) the seafaring folk in Santa Cruz, the Weekly sends its best regards for a full recovery. The devastation that has rocked and continues to rock Japan is unlike anything we ever hope to see again in a li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Storm Status: Road and Shelter Closures

    ​Update, December 22, 10:08 p.m.: The emergency shelter at Mission Viejo High School has closed, the county announced this evening.Evacuated residents in need of shelter can still go to Laguna Beach High School and El Modena High School in Orange. (Addresses are on the next page.)The county's most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Obama Administration Announces Ban On New Offshore Drilling; Thank The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    Hopefully not for at least another 7 years.​In direct conflict with its previous proclamations, the Obama administration today announced that there will not be any further new offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic Coast, the eastern Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific Coast. At least, not for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    EXCLUSIVE! Online Premiere of the Steelwells' Video, 'El Capitan'

    ​When Fullerton's the Steelwells won Best New Artist and Best Song at the OC Music Awards earlier this year, they took home more than just a statue. Part of the prize for Best Song was an opportunity to make a music video courtesy of the OC Music Awards and Akorn Entertainment. Watch the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    The Funniest Food-Related Traffic Accident Report Of The Week​Traffic accidents are rarely funny. But if no one is hurt and it involves 39,000 pounds of cheese and a truck fire, you bet it is. Add to that mix a newspaper reporter with a penchant for puns and what results is comedy gold! In his report, Sean Dugas, writer for News Herald ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Dana Rohrabacher's Latest Jewel

    Drill Dana Drill​Reducing oil company offshore drilling will increase the number of offshore oil drill spills.--Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) expressing his logic this week to The Orange County Register's Dena Bunis in an article outlining efforts by California Democrat senator ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    3 Hurt, 2 Killed, 1 Murder Charge in DUI-Crash Weekend

    ​As previously blogged, Anaheim Police conducted a DUI checkpoint and saturation patrols Friday evening through the wee hours Saturday, while the Orange County Sheriff's Department also stepped up patrols aimed at getting drunk drivers off the streets of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Website Predicts When Next Earthquake Will Hit

    InternationalProtectionConsulting.comHow far is Kobe, Japan, from 92626 again?​"Open Hazards is a group of scientists, technologists, and business people dedicated to the proposition that, through advances in forecasting and sensor technology, as well as an open, web-based approach to public infor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: First Glimpses of Fall Conditions

    By Nolan HallOffshore Conditions in Baja​The Santa Ana Winds and the hottest weather of the year are already showing up this year, even as early as late August. It brings back memories of last year, coughing and surfing ash-covered waves under dark, smoky skies. Early Santa Anas bring that haunted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Reality TV Turns Its Steamy Cameras on OC Fire Hunks

    Reality television has exploited our hot teens, our hot MILFs and . . . um . . . well, it has exploited a whole bunch of our hot teens and hot MILFs. Now their steamy cameras are set to record our hot fire hunks. Fox Reality Channel announced it has begun production on the third season of its origin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Wildfires Just a Sneak Preview?

    Ted Soqui shot this in Yorba Linda the weekend past. See his amazing slideshow here. Now that the fires have been contained, heroes have been identified, firefighting techniques have been blasted, causes have been zeroed in on, and our Last Action Hero Governor has likened the disaster to one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    "California's Queer Quake"

    About 75 minutes after this morning's Southern California earthquake, Reverend Wiley Drake named the seismic event, "the California Queer Quake," and announced via email to his nationwide followers that "another queer quake [is] trying to get California's attention." Won't you listen, damn it? "Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    Quinton "Rampage" Jackson goes on a . . .

    . . . rampage. Of course he does. In what assorted Internet pundits are already calling the stupidest hit-and-run ever, Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar (and Irvine resident) Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who was the subject of this 2007 Weekly cover story, was arrested yesterday in Balboa aft ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007

    Fire Update: Almost out of the woods?

    The Orange County Fire Authority reports that the Santiago blaze is now 75 percent contained. Though firefighters are hoping to kill the beast by Friday (before the nasty Santa Ana winds whip it up over the weekend), the OCFA website lists Sunday as D-Day for full containment. Approximately 28,445 a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007

    While We're on the Subject of Orange County Disasters...

    Read about Orange County's worst natural disaster, the Great Flood of 1938. Wish we had some of that rain right now...but not too much!

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Friday's Headlines & Surprises

    No, really? You can finally relax. The Coastline Pilot decided it was time to voice its opposition to alcohol consumption by teenagers. “Drinks, teens shouldn't mix,” the Los Angeles Times-owned community paper serving Laguna Beach declared today. And just in case readers didn't comprehend the s ... More >>

  • Film

    February 8, 2007

    You Are Like a Hurricane

    Local nature filmmaker fixed his lens on Louisiana wetlands. Then along came Katrina...

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2006

    The Fire Next Time

    The clever folks at the Center for Fire Research and Outreach, part of UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources, have launched a very useful website-- the Fire Information Engine Toolkit. Among the tools in the kit is one that can offer an assessment of the vulnerability of your home, or any othe ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2005

    Memorial Daze

    A military transport plane crash 40 years ago killed 83 people. Steve Bedunah
    says hes No. 84

  • Culture

    May 5, 2005

    We (Almost) Have Ignition

    Vesuvius steams majestically, doesnt erupt

  • News

    November 13, 2003

    An Apocalypse of Our Own Making

    Mike Davis on the perfect fire

  • Columns

    November 6, 2003
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    January 28, 1999
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