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Nevada Governor Declares Emergency After Big Quake

Gov. Seve Sisolak has declared a state of emergency after Nevada’s biggest earthquake in 65 years caused significant damage to three U.S. highways, including the major route connecting Reno to Las Vegas. Sisolak said his declaration late last week will …

Building Owner, Alarm Companies Sued Over Deadly Las Vegas Fire

The owner of a downtown Las Vegas apartment building where six people died in the deadliest residential fire in city history has been hit with another lawsuit seeking damages. This time, several fire alarm manufacturers, sellers and monitoring companies were …

California Taking Steps to Reopen Businesses, Public Spaces

A beach bordering two Southern California counties reopened Monday with some restrictions as parts of the state slowly reopened public spaces and businesses. Seal Beach in northern Orange County allowed running, walking and surfing starting at sunrise. “The beaches are …

Alaska Villages Prepare for Possible Flooding Evacuations

Villages in an Alaska region are preparing for possible evacuations because of an increased possibility of spring flooding. The state’s emergency operations center is monitoring melting ice on rural rivers in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, KYUK-AM reported. Entire villages may need …

Oregon Wrestles With Building Facilities in Tsunami Zones

Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast. But, doubling down on its decision last year to …

Report: Death Toll in 2018 California Wildfire Likely Includes 50 More People

Doctors and other experts say at least 50 more people, many of them elderly or ill, likely died as a result of the 2018 wildfire that devastated the town of Paradise, California, but were not counted in the official death …

Report: 2019 Was 7th Year in Last Decade with 10 or More Disasters of $1B-Plus

Last year was a particularly hazardous one, with natural catastrophes causing excessive damages in what appears to be an ongoing trend of higher losses in the past decade, while also posing a danger in many U.S. communities to home ownership, …

Wine ‘Smoke Taint’ Disputes Linger 2 Years After California Wildfires

Recent wildfires in California Wine Country, particularly those that devastated parts of Napa and Sonoma counties in October 2017, have focused attention on whether insurance covers smoke taint damage to grapes and wine. Many wineries and grape growers have notified …

A.M. Best Says Insurers Challenged by ‘New Normal’ of California Wildfires

While the number of burned acres in 2019 is still well below the number reported last year through October, experts predict the greatest fire potential will occur from now through December as the Santa Ana winds pick up, A.M. Best …

California Wildfire Damage at $25.4B and Rising

Damages from the fires ripping across California stand at $25.4 billion, and they’re bound to keep rising. The Kincade fire has cost $10.6 billion, while the tally in Southern California is $14.8 billion mainly from the Tick, Getty and Saddle …