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Pacific Hurricane Season Depends on El Niño: NOAA

Forecasters say the central Pacific region around Hawaii can expect a normal or slightly above-average hurricane season, depending largely on the presence of El Niño conditions. Chris Brenchley, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, …

Southern California Neighborhood Flooded Due to Seawall Damage

A Southern California coastal community was flooded with two feet of ocean water after a seawall was damaged by a construction crew. The Orange County Register reported workers were doing demolition work in Newport Beach and accidentally damaged the wall …

Small Undersea Quake Jostles California Coast West of Malibu

A minor undersea earthquake has jiggled a small stretch of the Southern California coast in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS says the magnitude-3.3 temblor occurred just before 7:20 a.m. Thursday. The epicenter was …

Alaska Hosts Plate Tectonics Research Effort

Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America’s shakiest state is about to have its ground examined like never before. A federal agency that supports basic science research is completing …

Colorado Hailstorm on Pace to be Most Expensive in State History

More than 150,000 auto insurance claims and 50,000 homeowners claims are estimated to be filed in the wake of a monster hailstorm that pounded Colorado’s Front Range on May 8, putting it on pace to be the state’s most expensive …

Insurance to Pay for up to $57M in Damage to Washington Waste Treatment Plant

An analysis says equipment failures caused between $49 million and $57 million of damage at the Washington’s largest sewage treatment plant. KING-TV reported  the analysis was released related to damage at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle. The …

2 Minor Quakes Shake California Coastal Area

A pair of small earthquakes gave a jolt and a shake to the Santa Barbara, Calif. area, but there were no reports of any damages or injuries, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS says in a preliminary report that …

Idaho Governor Visits State’s Flooded Central Region

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he’s ready to offer assistance to flooding communities in central Idaho. The Idaho Mountain Express reported that Otter visited with residents, emergency management officials and local government representatives Saturday in Hailey. Otter says 31 out …

Quake Strikes Western End of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit the Andreanof Islands on the far western end of Alaska’s Aleutian chain. The National Earthquake Information Center says that at 8:36 p.m. local time the earthquake hit a spot about 72 miles (116 kilometers) west …

California Earthquake Authority Creates Online Home Vulnerability Evaluator

The California Earthquake Authority has created an online tool to help home inspection specialists evaluate a house’s vulnerability to earthquake damage. The online tool, QuakeGrade, uses information entered by an inspector and collects data about a house’s structural and geological …