The Limits of Earthquake Early-Warning Alerts

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.

FEMA Wants Counties to Take Charge of Pre-Disaster Logistics

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.

As a High-Tech Quake Alert System Takes Shape, There’s a Lower-Tech Way to Save Lives

Many West Coast localities still struggle with certain types of dangerous buildings.

This Small California District Discovered Earthquake Risks It Never Knew It Had

One Concern is helping the Woodside Fire Protection District shore up disaster resilience with hazard modeling.

State and Local Officials Press for More Resources to Reduce Risks From Natural Hazards

“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.

What We Can Learn From Tuesday’s Orderly Tsunami Evacuations

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.

Yes, Boston Faces a Very Real Earthquake Risk

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.

Los Angeles Seeks to Build—and Share—an Earthquake Early Warning App

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.

Getting Ahead of Hurricanes With Data-Driven Evacuation Planning

A growing number of cities are looking to do more with transportation data analytics before disasters strike.

West Coast Cities and States Should Be More Worried About the Crisis in Puerto Rico

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.

More Good News for a Promising Earthquake Early-Warning Tool

Here’s what’s planned for the next phase of the ShakeAlert system that’s been under development on the West Coast.

WATCH: This Is What a Megaquake Will Do to an Important Lifeline in Portland

Also in our Weekend State and Local Digest: Maine’s unvaccinated kindergartners; Sacramento seeks out Filipino teachers; and Alabama reverses its ban on margarita pitchers.

Case Study: Have You Found the Secret Key to Understanding Your Citizens?

“Human data” analysis unlocks true public representation.

When 100,000 People Suddenly Swarm a Rural City of 6,500 Residents

Oregon expects 1 million visitors for the highly anticipated solar eclipse in August and Madras will play a starring role in managing the influx of people.

How Western Washington’s Geographic Barriers Squeeze Lifelines During Emergencies

Mountainous, forested topography can squeeze—or cut off—the Pacific Northwest’s key transportation routes at the worst times. What happens when the Big One hits?

This Promising Tech Tool Can Save Lives Before a Major Earthquake Strikes

As the Trump administration preps to kill ShakeAlert, here's a scenario to demonstrate why funding its continued implementation is critical.

The Alaska Town That Sank and (Mostly) Disappeared

PHOTOS: The devastating Good Friday Earthquake nearly wiped this spot off the map in 1964. But not everything.

Nearly 2,000 San Francisco Apartment Buildings Don’t Meet Quake Codes

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Md. city council plan would neuter mayoral powers; hexavalent chromium emissions near L.A.; and Oregon town saved, strained by new data centers.

Seattle Sewage Disaster Raises Bigger Questions About Infrastructure Resilience

The hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated waste that poured into Puget Sound in recent weeks will likely be a “moot point” during an even larger catastrophic event. What can be done to mitigate the risk?