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Colorado Wind Storm Deadly, But Not So Costly

A wind storm that recently tore through a Colorado city was deadly, but less costly than expected. The Jan. 9 wind storm caused downed trees and widespread power outages, but it didn’t make the list of Colorado Spring’s most costly …

California Gas Prices Could Rise Following Local Refinery Blast

An explosion and fire at an oil refinery in Torrance, Calif. over the weekend forced the partial shutdown of the plant, leading oil traders to expect a spike this week in West Coast gasoline prices. Police and the plant owner …

Snow Damage Found to Be Origin of Idaho Fire

Investigators from the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office looking into a fire last week at a local business in Council believe the blaze could have been caused by heavy snowfall. Many parts of Idaho have received record-breaking snowfall since mid-December. …

Research Shows California Homeowners Lack Understanding of Retrofitting

A new study on California homowners shows a general awareness of earthquakes and other natural hazards, but that those owners did not necessarily take action to mitigate risks, and many didn’t know whether their home had been retrofitted. Results of …

Homes in California’s Hollywood Hills Hit by Mud, Debris Flow

The backyard of a Hollywood Hills, Calif. home has crumbled, sending mud and debris down a hill, across a street and into the front yards of two other houses. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erick Scott says the slide took …

Earthquake Felt Widely in Anchorage Region of Alaska

A moderate earthquake struck Tuesday that was widely felt in the Anchorage, Alaska area, but there were no reports of damage. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the magnitude-5.2 temblor struck at 12:38 a.m. and was centered about 130 miles northwest …

California Officials Assess Heavy Storm Damage in Northern Part of the State

It’s too soon to peg a damage estimate from days of rainy weather that turned streets into rivers and living rooms into swimming pools throughout Northern California, state and county officials said. In San Benito County south of San Francisco, …

Northridge Quake Anniversary Prompts Reminders For California Residents

The California Earthquake Authority put out a notice reminding residents in the state that Tuesday marks the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The magnitude-6.7 shake that widespread damage to freeways, office buildings and homes. The cost to rebuild …

Tornado That Touched Down in California Not So Rare

The latest storm to wallop Northern California whipped up a small tornado that downed trees and fences near Sacramento. Here’s what you need to know about twisters in California, which occur regularly but in limited numbers and force. The twister …

Drought-Weakened Trees Are Falling Hazards in Rainy California

Drenching winter rains combined with the punishing effects of six years of drought are causing trees to topple across California, in some cases with deadly results. At least two people have been killed in the past month. Seemingly sturdy oaks, …