Articles by John Antczak and Christopher Weber

Southern California Quakes Raise Interest in West Coast Warning System

The powerful Mojave Desert earthquakes that rocked California ended a years-long lull in major seismic activity and raised new interest in an early warning system being developed for the West Coast. The ShakeAlert system is substantially built in California and …

California’s Governor: Earthquakes Are A ‘Wake-Up Call’

The two major earthquakes that hit Southern California should alert people across the nation of the need to be prepared for natural disasters, the state’s governor said as officials expressed relief that the damages weren’t worse. Gov. Gavin Newsom said …

Southern California Begins Assessing Damage From Largest Earthquake in 20 Years

RIDGECREST, Calif. — Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure Saturday after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years jolted an area …

New, Old Wildfires Rage Amid California Heat Wave

Firefighters toiled in stifling heat Saturday on the lines of destructive wildfires across the U.S. West, making progress against some blazes while struggling to tame others that have forced evacuations of hundreds of homes. In heat-stricken Southern California, powerful winds …

Traffic Safety Investigators Probing California Bus Crash That Killed 4

Federal safety investigators converged this week in central California to investigate a highway wreck that nearly sliced a bus in half, killed four people and injured 23. “At this point we don’t know what occurred immediately before the crash,” said …

99.9 Percent Probability of L.A.-Area Earthquake: Study

There is a 99.9 percent chance of a magnitude-5 or greater earthquake striking within three years in the greater Los Angeles area, where a similar sized temblor caused more the $12 million in damage last year, according to a study …

L.A. Report Says Fire Service Should Fly During Nighttime

The U.S. Forest Service should allow helicopters to fight fires during darkness, a tactic that could have been used in the critical first hours of the summer’s gigantic and deadly wildfire in the Angeles National Forest, a Los Angeles County …

California Wildfires Raise Landslide Risk

Rainstorms could send huge flows of water laden with mud, rocks and other debris toward cities below steep slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains stripped bare by a wildfire near Los Angeles this summer, federal scientists said Tuesday. The U.S. …

California Environmental Extremist Arrested for 2006 Arson

Three years after the discovery of a failed incendiary device at a suburban Pasadena real estate construction site, FBI agents have used DNA analysis to arrest a man in Texas in a case they believe may involve environmental extremism. Stephen …

California Fire Still Rages in L.A. Mountains

A massive fire in the Angeles National Forest nearly doubled in size overnight, and threatened 12,000 homes Monday in a 20-mile-long swath of flame and smoke and surging toward a mountaintop broadcasting complex and historic observatory. The fire had burned …