Danger News

Oregon University Confidently Building $50M Center in Tsunami Zone

Oregon State University is moving ahead with plans to build a $50 million expansion to house its marine science initiative in a tsunami inundation zone in Newport despite warnings from a state geologist that the site could make it vulnerable …

Scientists Warn of Hazards from Kilauea Lava Inching toward Ocean

The lava flow from Kilauea’s Puu Oo in remains active and is now only about a half a mile away from the ocean The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that the lava had been circulating and occasionally spattering at Halemaumau Crater. …

Washington Doesn’t Do Enough to Protect Schools from Quakes: Report

More than 380,000 students in Washington state live in earthquake-prone areas and attend schools built before seismic construction standards were adopted statewide, according to a Seattle Times report. The newspaper, analyzing state data, also reported that more than 31,000 students …

Paying For Quake-Proofing Buildings Weighted by Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council is mulling ways to pay for expensive retrofits of buildings in danger of collapsing during a major earthquake. Councilman Tom LaBonge said Wednesday he favors a state bond because strengthening at-risk apartments and other buildings …

New Mexico’s Green Chile Crop Endangered by Weather

Wet weather in recent weeks has left some of New Mexico’s green chile crop in danger. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported  that a hail storm last week was the latest in a spate of precipitation to plague chile fields in …

Alaskan Volcano’s Alert Level Reduced to Orange

Rumblings under Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano have diminished, but scientists are keeping an eye on the state’s most active volcano in case it sends up another ash cloud. The volcano sent an ash plume to 22,000 feet Monday, and it drifted …

Danger of Another Colorado Landslide Ends Search For 3

Authorities are bracing for the possibility of another landslide in a remote part of western Colorado amid dangerously unstable conditions that led them to call off the search for three ranchers missing there. Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Tuesday …

Feds Say 160K Tires At Southern California Recycling Plant Pose Danger

Federal regulators say a Southern California desert tire recycler’s 160,000 discarded tires are dangerous. The Environmental Protection Agency told Mecca’s Consolidated Tire Recyclers a year ago that the tires were a fire risk and the outdoor piles needed to be …

Avalanche Danger in Rockies At High This Season

Business is lagging this year at the Boulder Outdoor Center in Colorado, where adventurers come to book and buy equipment for ski trips into the backcountry. Except, that is, in one area. The outfitter’s avalanche training courses keep selling out. …