For the past 15 years, the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage has been outfitted with instruments to measure how it performs during big earthquakes.
A culture of preparedness and good fortune helped Alaska’s largest city avoid a major quake disaster.
Strong shaking and aftershocks rock Alaska’s largest population center.
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And the battery on Glacier Peak's lone seismometer is expected to fail soon.
What will come first? A new river crossing Oregon's largest city needs or a massive earthquake?
“There are a lot of engineers and architects … who are willing to come out and volunteer,” according to Jonathan C. Siu, Seattle’s principal building official.
Last week’s quake near L.A. shows the promise of the West Coast seismic notification system under development. But its effectiveness will depend on those using the technology.
The agency has its hands full with 21 disasters in 14 states, which means federal assistance may arrive slowly in the event of yet another national emergency.
Many West Coast localities still struggle with certain types of dangerous buildings.
One Concern is helping the Woodside Fire Protection District shore up disaster resilience with hazard modeling.
“Over the last half-dozen years every one of our federal and state funding lines has been cut back,” according to Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Mike West.
The 7.9 magnitude earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska didn’t cause major damage but the local response underscores some important lessons in emergency preparedness.
A repeat of the 1755 Cape Ann quake could devastate one of the nation’s oldest cities. But the costs of strengthening vulnerable buildings and infrastructure may not be worth it.
The effort is part of a pledge by Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as a broader push to bring an earthquake early warning system to the West Coast.
A growing number of cities are looking to do more with transportation data analytics before disasters strike.
Hurricane Maria has cut off access to drinking water, sewage, electricity and telecommunications across the U.S. commonwealth. Here’s why Seattle or L.A. might end up being the next San Juan.
Here’s what’s planned for the next phase of the ShakeAlert system that’s been under development on the West Coast.
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