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A Look Back at the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami


Mar 9, 2017 4:47 pm

The most powerful earthquake in United States history was recorded 53 years ago this month. At 5:36 p.m. local time, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake occurred in the Prince William Sound region in Alaska on March 27, 1964.

In all, 139 people were believed to have died as a result of the earthquake. Fifteen died from the earthquake alone, while 106 died in Alaska, 13 died in California and five died in Oregon all related to tsunamis.

In addition to a tectonic tsunami, about 20 smaller and local tsunamis occurred. Smaller tsunamis were created by submarine and subaerial landslides, and tsunami waves were measured in over 20 countries including Peru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Antarctica.

The earthquake rupture started approximately 15 miles beneath the surface, with its epicenter about 6 miles east of the mouth of … continue reading »


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Former Californian Talks Surviving New Zealand Earthquake


Dec 13, 2016 9:02 am

Former Californian, and former CBS Sacramento news anchor, Pallas Hupe’ Cotter now lives in New Zealand and ironically has lived through the largest earthquake of her life.

Just two minutes after midnight local time, on 14 November, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island 55 miles north east of Christchurch; the epicenter was reportedly at the coastal town of Kaikoura. The primary quake was followed by a 6.8 magnitude aftershock later that same day, just one of 313 aftershocks recorded within 13 hours by Geonet, New Zealand’s national earthquake service.  Two people died and damage is estimated at more than $2 billion. Kaikoura and its 2000 residents were worst affected; they’re cut off from roads due to landslides, and are also without power or phone service.

Pallas Cotter talked with Cal OES public information … continue reading »


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VIDEO: Vigilant Guard Earthquake Response Exercise


Nov 23, 2016 5:20 pm

The California National Guard and Nevada National Guard hosted a large scale earthquake response exercise that was supported by more than 1,200 members from local, state and federal agencies.

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California-Nevada Vigilant Guard Exercise Tests Earthquake Response


Nov 17, 2016 9:23 pm

The high likelihood of a major earthquake occurring in California is no secret. With the San Andreas fault more than 150 years overdue, being ready to respond to an earthquake is a capability that must be practiced and tested to ensure our state is well-prepared for a catastrophic event.

This week the California National Guard and Nevada National Guard hosted the Vigilant Guard 2016 exercise. Vigilant Guard is a large scale earthquake response exercise with activities taking place in multiple locations in both states supported by more than 1,200 members from local, state and federal agencies.

The scenario for this exercise is set with an earthquake taking place in Las Vegas requiring the California National Guard to send resources to assist. Two days later, a major earthquake then strikes in California along the San Andreas … continue reading »


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Trick or Treat: Don’t be Unprepared for These 5 Scary Disasters


Oct 31, 2016 1:48 pm

Walking up to a stranger’s door and shouting “trick or treat!” is a timeless Halloween tradition. The art of dressing in costume, grabbing an empty bag and filling it up with candy is seemingly harmless fun for all ages. Yet, the concept itself should create heightened awareness for parents, especially if any suspicious behavior is present.

Here are some safety tips for children and adults to remember for Halloween:

  • Always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.
  • If driving, be sure to watch for trick-or-treaters who are too busy to watch for you.
  • Children should carry flashlights or glow sticks for lighting and visibility.
  • Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. Discard any unwrapped treats from a stranger.

As much as certain holiday traditions require additional attention from parents, Halloween offers another opportunity to remind Californians of the importance … continue reading »


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Agáchese, Cúbrase, y Agárrese Durante el Simulacro de Terremoto Más Grande del Mundo


Oct 19, 2016 5:17 pm

Casi todo el mundo está propenso a terremotos, especialmente California. ¿Estás preparado? Mañana a las 10:20 a.m. se llevará a cabo el simulacro de terremoto más grande del mundo: El Gran ShakeOut. El Gran ShakeOut es una oportunidad importante para practicar y preparar.

¿Por qué es importante este simulacro de terremoto? ShakeOut nos explica que para reaccionar rápidamente, uno debe practicar frecuentemente porque eso le ayudará a estar listo.

¡Únase a millones de personas y Agáchese, Cúbrase, y Agárrese mañana 20 de Octubre a las 10:20 a.m.!

Inscríbase para el Gran ShakeOut aquí: http://www.shakeout.org/espanol/inscribirse/

Más información sobre el Gran ShakeOut: www.shakeout.org/espanol


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Earthquake Advisory Period Ends for Southern California


Oct 4, 2016 9:37 am

After a recent swarm of smaller earthquakes near the Salton Sea last week, Cal OES issued an earthquake advisory for those in Southern California to be prepared for the potential of additional earthquakes. That advisory ended today at 9 a.m.

The short-term elevated likelihood of earthquake activity in the area of Southern California has now decreased to background levels for the Southern San Andreas fault.

Cal OES will continue to be in contact with the scientific community and will provide additional information on earthquake activity as warranted.

Southern California is one of the most seismically active regions in the U.S. along with Alaska and the Big Island of Hawaii. On average, Southern California has about 10,000 earthquakes each year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That’s more than 27 a day!

While the potential risk of an earthquake … continue reading »


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