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Jul 05, 2014 12:56 pm |

Big earthquakes double in 2014, but scientists say they’re not linked

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If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you’re right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979.

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Jul 05, 2014 10:56 am |

Activists pushing for removal of Rancho LPG chemical tanks in San Pedro find sympathetic ear in Sacramento

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Residents pushing to move chemical storage tanks out of San Pedro moved their cause forward Thursday when members of the State Lands Commission agreed to continue monitoring rail permit and liability insurance issues with the Port of Los Angeles and the company that operates the tanks, Rancho LPG.

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Jul 05, 2014 10:43 am |

Quake safety: Garcetti OKs creating list of vulnerable Los Angeles apartments

Related story: L.A. to list structures that could be at risk in quake

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed off on the city’s most aggressive action on earthquake safety in nearly three decades, instructing building officials this week to comb the city and identify thousands of apartment buildings vulnerable to collapse in a major temblor.

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Jul 05, 2014 10:36 am |

L.A. to Hire a Chief Resilience Officer

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Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times | July 1, 2014

The chief resilience officer will search for ways to improve the city’s ability to recover from man-made or natural disasters. 

When Los Angeles officials begin an ambitious effort to comb the city and check which buildings might be at risk in a major earthquake, they ...

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Jul 05, 2014 10:18 am |

Technology Plays an Increasing Role in Emergency Management

EM_FEMA_Coordination_center_hurricane_ireneBy Eric Holdeman Microsoft Disaster Response’s chief technology officer discusses the use of tech in emergency response.

Technology is beginning to dominate many aspects of the emergency management profession. This is particularly evident during disaster response. Today we have a number of large technology companies that offer their software or services for larger scale ...

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Jul 05, 2014 10:07 am |

American Red Cross Launches Spanish-Language Apps for First Aid and Disaster Preparedness

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The American Red Cross has launched six free Spanish-language apps for disasters and home emergencies with easy, lifesaving information that will help keep families safe. They are the Red Cross First Aid, Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake, Wildfire and Flood apps. The Red Cross First Aid app gives people direct access to expert advice for everyday ...

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