FROM Kate Hutton
It's "All Hands on Deck" for El Niño Federal, state and local agencies are reminding home owners there's not much time until January, when massive storms are predicted from the El Niño condition in the Pacific Ocean. Kate Hutton, public Information Officer for the City of LA’s Emergency Management Department , says now’s the time to prepare.
Another Reminder for Earthquake Country Friday's 5.1 magnitude earthquake was centered in northern Orange County and strong enough to cause a landslide, break water mains and damage buildings. What's the potential for the Puente Hills Fault, which runs from northern Orange County, up through the San Gabriel Valley and right under downtown LA? Is there truth to belief that earthquakes release pent up energy and make new ones less likely?
Disaster and Recovery in Japan Japan's Prime Minister calls it the worst crisis to strike his country since World War II: the earthquake, the tsunami and, now, the aftermath. The death toll could exceed 10,000. For survivors, priorities include food, water and shelter for millions -- and fallout from explosions at two nuclear power plants. A $5 trillion economy — the world's third largest — has been severely disrupted. Rolling blackouts are expected for months to come. We hear about the devastation, Japan's degree of preparedness and what recovery is going to require. If you'd like to contribute to relief efforts in Japan, our panelists suggest: Red Cross Save the Children Mercy Corps Socks for Japan (Jason Kelly)
LA Responds to the Earthquake in Haiti Seventy-two LA County firefighters are ready to ship out for Haiti with aid for victims of the massive earthquake . Meantime, some 10,000 Haitians living in the Los Angeles area are waiting word about friends and relatives back home. TiGeorges , a Haitian restaurant on Glendale Boulevard, is an informal clearing house for information.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.