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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Check out how safe are our hospitals

The Napa River in Napa, California, as viewed ...
The Napa River in Napa, California, as viewed from COPIA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the wake of the Napa earthquake, attention is now being turned again to how safe are our local hospitals. Legislation requires hospitals to retrofit. Some have. Some have not due to the high costs.

This article details the list of California hospitals and shows the status of needed retrofitting.

Check it out.

If you want you can skip directly to the listing of all hospitals just click the link:

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Chimneys most vulnerable during earthquake

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English: Earthquake damage Close-up of the damaged chimney stack at 26 Ashcroft Road after the earthquake of 27th February 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you have a fireplace and many of us do, you need to check your chimney to make certain that it can withstand the big earthquake.
An article in the San Francisco Chronicle notes that chimney failure is the most common damage in an earthquake.

Many chimneys failed in the Napa earthquake, including one that collapsed on a teen age boy.

So get your chimneys checked out and get ready, Long Beach.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Northern California hit with 6.0 Earthquake

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USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. Light gray areas are heavily urbanized regions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Northern California near Napa Valley Sunday, injuring at least 120 — 3 critically — and causing extensive damage, including fires sparked by burst gas lines, in the largest tremor to rock the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta quake in 1989.
Leslie Gordon of the U.S. Geological Survey says the tremor struck just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday local time, about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, which is about 6 miles southwest of Napa.

Hello. A 6.0 earthquake hit northern California this morning. Lots of damage. 89 people reported hurt. Some critically.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Long Beach to Be Test Site for Earthquake Early Warning System

The announcement that the City of Long Beach was to be a test site for an earthquake early warning system got a little coverage in April. See KNBC news.

Los Angeles County will be a beta site for a system that could warn people of an impending earthquake, giving them enough time to find safety.
Long Beach will be home to the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS), developed by the United States Geological Survey and the California Institute of Technology, the city announced Thursday.
According to the CISN, warning times depend on the distance to the epicenter of the earthquake.

KCET also just ran a program highlighting Long Beach in this effort to get an early warning system up and running in California. See

This is great for Long Beach and great for California.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alaska Earthquake Prompts Tsunami Warning for West Coast

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English: Travel times (in hours) are shown for the tsunamis produced by the 1960 ConcepciĆ³n, Chile, earthquake (purple curves) and by the 1964 Good Friday, Valdez (Anchorage), Alaska earthquake (red curves). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Damage to Fourth Avenue, Anchorage, A...
English: Damage to Fourth Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, caused by the Good Friday Earthquake. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
hard times
hard times (Photo credit: Genista)
Yesterday two major earthquakes hit in the Pacific rim -- Alaska and New Zealand.


Folks, these are all wake up calls for Long Beach. Good time to make sure you are ready.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ask and you shall receive...just in

Subject :
City of Long Beach Selected as Beta Site to Help Test Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS)
Contact :Reginald Harrison, Deputy City Manager    562.570.9250
The City of Long Beach has been selected by the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to serve as a beta site for California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS).  The EEWS uses existing seismic networks to detect moderate to large earthquakes very rapidly so that a warning can be sent before destructive seismic waves arrive to locations outside the epicenter. Once fully developed, these warnings could allow people time to take some protective action and could also trigger automatic responses to safeguard critical infrastructure.

"We are always looking for ways to better prepare for a disaster, and even a few seconds of warning before the force of an earthquake reaches us can save lives and protect property," Mayor Bob Foster said.

What this could mean for City operations, residents and businesses in Long Beach in the future, is that certain preventative actions might be able to occur with a few second of warning, such as:

  • Allow people to drop, cover and hold-on and grant businesses time to shut down and move workers to safe locations; 
  • Give medical professionals time to stop delicate procedures; 
  • Protect travelers by providing time for trains to slow or stop, for elevator doors to open, for bridge traffic to clear, for slowing or stopping traffic, and even stopping landings and take-offs at airports; and 
  • Enable emergency responders to prepare by opening fire station doors and starting generators.
“The earthquake early warning system provides the City with another tool, in addition to CERT classes to prepare residents and all-hazards training to prepare staff, in the event of a disaster or major emergency,” said Deputy City Manager Reginald Harrison.  “Once fully developed, this technology could literally save lives.”

As a beta site, certain City of Long Beach departments will test the system and provide feedback, so that the developers can further refine their algorithms and software to ensure that the system integrates with real work delivery mechanisms, procedures and product benefits. This testing will be conducted at no cost to the City.

USGS currently issues rapid, automatic earthquake information, which is available to the general public via the Internet, email, text messages, and social media.  You can sign up for these messages on their website at  More information on the EEWS can be found at the CISN website at

As the City continues to enhance its emergency response training, residents are strongly advised to prepare to be self-sufficient for at least five days in the event of a large-scale incident.  Create an emergency plan for your home and family, put together an emergency supply kit (food, water, tools, etc,) and make sure all of your family members know how to contact one another.  Further, all residents are encouraged to sign up for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.  The Long Beach Fire Department conducts this free program to train the public how to become self-sufficient during major disasters.

More information is available at and     
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