Natural 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

    October 27, 2014

    Second Earthquake in Four Days Rattles Brea

    There was a magnitude 2.6 earthquake that shook Brea this morning that would not be worth mentioning were it not for this: There was a 3.0 shaker that hit Brea Thursday. Indeed, the earlier event seemed so minor at the time I did not bother posting on it. The shallow temblor (depth: 0.6 miles) was r ... More >>

  • 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

    April 1, 2014

    As Quake Aftershock Wakes Up La Habrans, USGS Warns of Phony "Big One" Letter

    As aftershocks continue to spook folks in Greater La Habra--a magnitude 2.8 shaker centered a mile south of the city woke some folks up at 6:02 this morning--the U.S. Geological Survey is warning Southern Californians about a fake alert that went out on the agency's letterhead about a Big One coming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Swarm of Earthquakes Frays Nerves, Moves Some Residents But No Serious Injuries Listed

    The swarm of earthquakes and aftershocks that shook Orange County Friday and Saturday caused no major damage or serious injuries, but they did displace some residents. As many as 50 residents of La Habra, which was at or near the center of many of the shakers, spent Friday night in a Red Cross shel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    County Passes Along Tsunami Survival Tips

    See the update at the end of this post on things you can do to protect against tsunami damage. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 26, 7:09 A.M.: If you live in Huntington Beach, and especially along the coast there, you'd be wise to figure out a quick route to reach higher ground. That's the advice of Lucy Jone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Los Alamitos-Long Beach Hit with 2.7 Quake

    An earthquake measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale just shook the area bordering Los Alamitos and Long Beach. Did you feel it?

  • 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

    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

    May 10, 2013

    Orange County Register Wildfire Coverage Has a Huge Hole in It: Media Watchdog

    Orange County fire officials recently held a press conference to go over their strategies and, more importantly, warn the public about an ever-earlier fire season. The Orange County Register covered this, as it did Southern California's recent wildfires, but a media watchdog saw a huge hole in the c ... 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

    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 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

    July 25, 2011

    Linkin Park to Play Secret Show in LA for Tsunami Relief

    Linkin Park​ Foreign tragedies have a way of hitting close to home when you're world famous and have embarked on several world tours. For Southern California's Linkin Park, the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan affected them on a personal level. "We have family ties to Japan," Chester Ben ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    How the Video Game Community Is Responding to Japan's Quake Disasters

    Masahiro Sakurai's TwitterA photo by Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai shows empty Tokyo streets after the earthquake​With the death toll rising above 10,000 people, 88,000 people reported missing and the threat of numerous nuclear meltdowns, Japan is facing its worst national catastrophe since World ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    UCI Scientists Shake Up History Channel's Megaquake 10.0, But Is 'Big One' Threat Real?

    USGS​Two UC Irvine scientists are among the experts featured in tonight's world-premiere showing of Megaquake 10.0 on the History Channel. The two-hour special is set to shake up your flat-screen at 9 p.m., but, as Fritz and Fred always say, check local listings to confirm the time.The UCI academi ... 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 20, 2010

    OC On Flash Flood Watch, Snow Summit Closed Today

    ​Yes, Southern California, it's true. Water is falling from the sky in a crazy phenomenon called "rain."     Which means that stuff is getting wet and people are freaking out.  It's best to be very careful out there. This morning, the National Weather Service put Orange County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Major Quake Hoax Shakes Up Twitter, Facebook

    ​Scientists agree an earthquake early warning system is close to being a possibility, but everyone agrees the messages posted on Twitter and Facebook about a major California quake happening some time over the next few days is bullshit."Fake California 'Earthquake Warning' Currently Scaring Idiots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Will Wyclef Jean Get to Run for Haiti President as One of 30 Candidates?​ Today the Haitian elections board will decide whether Wyclef Jean is eligible to run for the country's presidency. There's a five consecutive year Haitian residency requirement for candidates, but Jean has said his roving ambassador stint by President Rene Preval in 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    How to Predict an Earthquake with a Doughnut

    ​There is a sweet new way to predict earthquakes and it's making waves throughout Southern California. Many scientists believe that predicting earthquakes is still impossible, but the Mogi Doughnut seems more credible than the Quake Quack's theory. Colorful charts do not a seismologist make. Acco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Is "Quake Quack" Behind Bold Prediction of a Significant SoCal Shaker This Week?​Twitter is all a-twitter with the revelation that a big earthquake will hit Southern California some time today through Friday, but those freaking out likely have no idea that the source of the ground-shaking news has been labeled a "Quake Quack."Luke Thomas has for years made ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    New UCI Research Will Have You Looking at Earthquakes and Lawns Differently

    UC Irvine researchers have discovered new ways to look at earthquakes and your front lawn. No, not how shakers rip up your green playground. We're talking one study that dispels notions about how experts estimate the potential for the next so-called "Big One," and a second that disproves the idea th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    OC Fire: Here Come 'Da Floods

    ​The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is reminding residents that the best way to prevent flooding is to prepare before the rain starts falling.  Now they tell us!Dry as this is being typed, my backyard, residential street and busy boulevard one block over were flooded a few hours ago.If o ... 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

    July 3, 2009

    Survivors Relive Killer Laguna Canyon Mudslide for TV

    The amazing--and tragic--experiences of Laguna Canyon residents one fateful night 11 years ago are relived in a new episode of the Weather Channel's Storm Stories Sunday at 5 p.m. Narrated by Jim Cantore, Storm Stories chronicles the true stories of survivors and rescuers battling amazing weather ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    Live From Earthquake Central!

    WikicommonsYou know what's funny? Earthquake coverage. To be specific: coverage of moderate earthquakes. NPR's coverage of the devastating Chengdu tremor in 2008 can be called many things, but not "funny" isn't one of them.When a 4.7 quake hits Southern California, as one did last night, you have to ... 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

    March 17, 2009

    Stinkin' Royal George Brett Buys Angels Farm Team

    The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, which has been an Angels farm team since 2001, has been sold to a group led by Bobby Brett and his former Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer brother, George Brett. Majority owner Hank Stickney of Valley Baseball Club Inc., which moved the Quakes to Rancho Cucamonga from ne ... 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

    Earthquake Strikes So Cal

    Just before noon this morning, an earthquake rocked Southern California--Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles. From the fifth floor of OC Weekly's Santa Ana headquarters, the 5.8** magnitude quake felt like I was standing on a rocking waterbed for at least 12 seconds. The build ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008
  • Calendar

    May 15, 2008

    Out of Shadows

    Rogue Wave

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    Tuesday - 11/20

    When the Levees Broke: Part II at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey at the Barclay

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2007

    Mother Nature gone wild

    "Wild" seems to be the word of choice among headline writers to describe yesterday's weather. The LA Daily News bucked the trend, going with "Crazy", but for the most part, editors across the country agree, it was wild. Of course, in the impressive natural events category, yesterday's weather, wil ... More >>

  • Film

    February 8, 2007

    You Are Like a Hurricane

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

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006

    Hear The Earth Move

    Via the excellent BLDGBLOG: German artist Florian Dombois translates the subaudible sound of plate tectonics into something the human ear can hear, revealing unique geological characteristics of brewing earthquakes around the planet. Says Dombois: Usually seismic waves have a frequency spectrum bel ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 26, 2006

    Shake and Break

    'State of Emergency: Disaster Response in California'

  • 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 >>

  • Film

    October 6, 2005
  • News

    November 13, 2003

    An Apocalypse of Our Own Making

    Mike Davis on the perfect fire

  • Columns

    November 6, 2003
  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Foster-Child Meat

    Californias Republican make-over

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