More California homeowners will be eligible for up to $3,000 in seismic retrofit grants through Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB), a program jointly administered by the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The grants help offset the cost of seismic retrofits that brace the cripple walls of older homes, when present, and bolt houses to their foundations, making them less vulnerable to earthquake damage.

Haiti prosecutor seeks to charge PM in killing, is replaced

A new chief prosecutor was sworn in Tuesday just hours after his predecessor asked a judge to charge Prime Minister Ariel Henry in the slaying of the president and to bar him from leaving Haiti, a move that could further destabilize a country roiled by turmoil following the assassination and a recent major earthquake.

Tropical storm feeds growing anger in quake-stricken Haiti

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Grace forced a temporary halt Tuesday to the Haitian government’s response to the deadly weekend earthquake, feeding the growing anger and frustration among thousands who were left homeless. Grace battered southwestern Haiti, which was hit hardest by Saturday’s quake, and officials warned some areas could get 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain before the storm moved on. Heavy rain also drenched the capital of Port-au-Prince. The storm hit Haiti late Monday, the same day that the country’s Civil Protection Agency raised the death toll from the earthquake to 1,419 and the number of injured to

The Latest: Strong Aftershock Follows California Earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Southern California’s strongest earthquake in 20 years (all times local): 7:05 a.m. A vigorous aftershock sequence is following the strongest earthquake to hit Southern California in 20 years. A magnitude 5.4 quake at 4:07 a.m. Friday is so far the strongest aftershock of Thursday’s magnitude 6.4 jolt, and was felt widely. Seismologists had said there was an 80% probability of an aftershock of that strength. Thursday’s big quake struck in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, which suffered damage to buildings and

Understanding Water Reliability for the New Water Year

October marks the start of the 2017-2018 water year, which runs from October to September, and marks the period over which California water agencies measure the year’s precipitation levels.

Garcetti Signs Nation’s Toughest Earthquake Safety Rules Into Law

Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law last week, the nation’s strongest earthquake safety rules, under which property owners in Los Angeles will be required to make seismic retrofits on more than 10,000 older buildings considered vulnerable during major shakers. “Today, Los Angeles makes good on our promise to take action before it’s too late,” Garcetti said. “Together, we’re leading the nation in requiring this level of building safety retrofit before, not after, the big quake we know is coming.” The signing came just after the Los Angeles City Council approved the mandate, which affects as many as 13,500 wood-framed, “soft-story”

Disaster Preparation Expo Lures Baseball Fans

Beset by frequent wildfires and facing the inevitability of a future major earthquake, Californians need to prepare if they are to become masters of disaster. That message and tips and tools required to help keep communities safe were provided at a September 20 “Preparathon” in Los Angeles, an expo designed to advance ongoing local, state, national and international disaster management campaigns. Sponsored by an alliance of city, state and federal emergency management agencies, the Los Angeles Preparathon was one of many events organized to promote National Preparedness Month, an awareness campaign initiated by President Obama. It was also a major