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Repairs Planned for Iowa Train Depot Damaged in Derecho

Officials in Marion, Iowa are set to approve a plan to repair the city’s historic train depot that was heavily damaged in last summer’s devastating derecho. The Marion City Council received a motion this week from the city’s Parks and …

California Releases Final ZIPs for Non-Renewal Protection for 2020 Wildfires

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced that nearly 500 policyholders in six ZIP codes affected by the Mountain View Fire in Mono County were included in the mandatory one-year moratorium on insurance companies non-renewing or cancelling residential property insurance policies. …

5.7 Earthquake Confirmed 127 Miles Off Oregon Coast

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck about 127 miles off the Oregon coast early Tuesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The earthquake struck at 4:50 a.m. west of Bandon, Oregon, the agency said. The Northwest National Tsunami Warning Center in …

Earthquake Confirmed in Northern California

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake rattled parts of Northern California on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The earthquake was reported at 6:44 a.m. about 14 miles from Chico. The quake was felt 25 miles away in Paradise, a town …

Seattle Scaling Back Bridge Earthquake Retrofit Work

The Seattle Department of Transportation now says reinforcing 16 bridges to better withstand eartquakes would cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than once expected. The Seattle Times reports that instead of 16 bridges, the city now plans to complete …

Kilauea Volcano Erupting on Hawaii’s Big Island

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The eruption began late Sunday within the within Halema’uma’u crater. The volcano is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit about an …

Small Earthquake Confirmed Near Colorado-Utah Border

A small earthquake hit a rural area Saturday near the Colorado-Utah border, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations confirmed. The magnitude 4.3 earthquake took place at 7:11 p.m on Saturday. The epicenter was 3 1/2 miles southwest of Bedrock, Colorado, …

RMS Says Insured Losses from 2020 Western U.S. Wildfires $7-$13B

RMS estimates insured losses from the record-breaking western U.S. wildfires this season will be between $7 and $13 billion. These losses reflect estimates as of Dec. 1. The ignition of the highly damaging Glass Fire and additional spread of the …

California Wildfire Survivors Urged to Call FEMA Helpline by Dec. 16

People with losses due to the California wildfires in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma counties have just five days left to register for federal aid. These counties are included in federal …

Analysts Say Cat Models Would Encourage Wildfire Mitigation Measures

Predictive modelers told California regulators on Thursday that the state’s antiquated rules for calculating wildfire risk when setting property insurance rates discourage innovative mitigation measures that could ultimately reduce losses. Nancy P. Watkins, a principal and consulting actuary for Milliman, …