Blog Archive: May 2015

Powerful earthquake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning

TOKYO >> A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth’s surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of major damage. The magnitude-8.5 offshore quake struck off the Ogasawara islands at a depth of 590 kilometers (370 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometers (421 miles).

Coast Guard defends cleanup response to Santa Barbara oil spill

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press LOS ANGELES >> The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches. The first wave of workers deployed booms in the water to corral the oil slick and placed them along the shoreline to protect ecologically sensitive habitats. Others vacuumed up oil from the site of

Did owner of broken Santa Barbara oil pipeline do enough?

SANTA BARBARA >> Emergency workers and officials from a pipeline operator had gathered last week to train for the worst — an oil spill — when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell at a nearby beach. Santa Barbara County firefighters rushed to the shoreline, where they discovered oil flowing across a beach and into the Pacific. What was supposed to be a drill turned real.

Redondo Beach City Council reviews King Harbor’s future

REDONDO BEACH — Plans to remove an eyesore of a power plant across the street from King Harbor and replace it with a mixed-use waterfront development were kyboshed by Redondo Beach voters in March, sending city leaders and staff back to the drawing board. The future of Redondo Beach’s waterfront revitalization and several other issues confronting King Harbor boaters were on the docket during a special City Council April 2 workshop and its general meeting April 7.

California salmon get ‘fish-lift’ due to drought, development

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press LAGUNITAS >> What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride. State and federal wildlife agencies in California are deploying what they say is the biggest fish-lift in the state’s history through this month, rolling out convoys of tanker trucks to

Fish found in suspected tsunami debris boat quarantined

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The wreckage of a fishing boat that appears to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was carrying some unexpected passengers – fish from Japanese waters – when it was spotted off the Oregon coast. Scientists say 21 yellowtail jacks and one Asian striped knifejaw hitched a cross-Pacific ride in the bow of the boat. Fish washed up in debris can bring parasites and diseases to native species, but biologists say

SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. >> SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone in SpaceX’s effort to get America back to the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil.

Restored World War II B-24 bomber lands in Torrance

A piece of World War II flew into Torrance airport Monday when the restored B-24 Witchcraft — the same war plane model that famed bombardier Louis Zamperini was on when he crashed into the Pacific Ocean — touched down for three days of public tours. Arriving about noon Monday after its 30-minute trip from Santa Barbara, the Witchcraft was opened up for tours, attracting lines of children and adults of all ages who waited to get a peek inside.

Which South Bay cities grew the most in population in 2014?

Los Angeles County’s population grew by 0.8 percent to more than 10.13 million last year, while South Bay cities remained fairly static in growth, the state Department of Finance reports. According to state figures released Friday, Los Angeles County’s population on Jan. 1 was 10,136,559. The city of Los Angeles had 3,957,022 residents, a 1.1 percent increase from the previous year. In the South Bay, Hawthorne showed the highest population growth at 1.1 percent, while other cities ranged in growth from 0.6 percent (El Segundo) to 0.1 percent (Hermosa Beach).

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