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May 10, 2016 09:05 am |

San Andreas fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, expert says

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Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.

The San Andreas fault is one of California’s most dangerous, and is the state’s longest fault. Yet for Southern California, the last big earthquake to strike ...

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May 09, 2016 04:40 pm |

5 things you need to know about Zika

2006 Prof. Frank Hadley Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Univ. of Notre Dame This 2006 photograph depicted a female Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host, who in this instance, was actually the biomedical photographer, James Gathany, here at the Centers for Disease Control.  You’ll note the feeding apparatus consisting of a sharp, orange-colored “fascicle”, which while not feeding, is covered in a soft, pliant sheath called the "labellum”, which retracts as the sharp stylets contained within pierce the host

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

(CNN)A mosquito-borne virus is prompting worldwide concern because of an alarming connection to a neurological birth disorder and its rapid spread across the globe.

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan called it an “extraordinary event” while declaring a public health emergency.
The Zika virus, transmitted by the aggressive Aedes aegypti ...

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May 09, 2016 04:27 pm |

Consultants find key security gaps at DWP facilities, leaving vast service area VULNERABLE

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By Mike Reicher
mike.reicher@langnews.com,@mreicher on Twitter
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal electricity utility, neglected to make fundamental security fixes at its critical power facilities, according to City Hall consultants who recently followed up on 9/11-era recommendations.
Nearly 15 years later, they found basic recommendations ignored ...

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May 09, 2016 04:04 pm |

La Niña, ‘diva of drought,’ is predicted for fall

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By David Downey
ddowney@pe.com @PE_DavidDowney on Twitter
As if drought-stricken Southern California’s El Niño bust wasn’t bad enough, now the experts say we’re headed for a bona fide period of bone-dry weather. La Niña beckons.
“La Niña is the diva of drought, which is not what we want to see,” said Bill ...

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May 09, 2016 03:57 pm |

FEMA official calls for stronger building codes

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By Andrew Edwards
andrew.edwards@langnews.com @AndrewEdwardsLB on Twitter
Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate called for a general tightening of building code standards Friday while speaking before an audience of earthquake experts in Long Beach.
Fugate said he is concerned that if local governments from coast to coast fail to enact tough ...

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May 08, 2016 12:24 pm |

Owners of older homes may qualify for earthquake grants

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By Dana Bartholomew

If you own an old house that could topple from its foundation during a catastrophic earthquake, there may be immediate relief.
Owners of older single-family homes across parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in 18 cities across the state may qualify for a $3,000 state seismic retrofit grant to ...

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