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Collapse of a quarantine ACS in China: Deaths and Injuries

One person is still missing after a Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans kills 2 and injures 18

PG&E: A Public Safety Power Shutoff is underway


“……To protect public safety, PG&E has turned off power due to gusty winds and dry conditions combined with a heightened fire risk. Once the weather subsides and it is safe to do so, PG&E crews will begin patrolling power lines, repairing damaged equipment and restoring customers.  Outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours. For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers prepare for outages that could last several days……”

Cal OES Warning Center


“The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has activated the State Operations Center to provide assistance in support of anticipated Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in dozens of counties throughout California.

Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement, Inland Region and Coastal Region personnel are currently working with various response agencies to address all emergency management, evacuation and mutual aid needs…..”

10/9/1963: “……The displaced water crashed over the dam and into the Piave River below. It stormed down the river and engulfed the town of Longarone. Within minutes the town had virtually vanished and nearly 2,000 people were dead. The tsunami-like wave then rushed down to San Martino, where it killed hundreds more……”

“…..The Vaiont Gorge was located in a section of the Alps known for instability. In 1963, the area experienced heavy rains—about 90 inches by October 9. At 10:41 p.m., the wet land could no longer hold and a massive landslide came crashing down from Mount Toc, causing a huge pile of dirt and rocks to plunge into the reservoir at about 70 miles per hour. The impact of the debris caused an immense wave of water to rise as high as 300 feet above the level of the dam……”

PG&E estimates around 800,000 customers will lose power so as to minimize risk of wildfires


“…….A list of the local cities and counties in the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto area that will have their power shut off Wednesday, according to PG&E Tuesday afternoon……..


Amador (16,041 customers) — Pioneer, Jackson, Sutter Creek, Pine Grove, Plymouth, Volcano, Fiddletown, River Pines, Amador City, Drytown, Martell, Ione, West Point.

Calaveras (23,708 customers) — Arnold, Angels Camp, Copperopolis, Murphys, San Andreas, West Point, Mountain Ranch, Mokelumne Hill, Rail Road Flat, Vallecito, Wilseyville, Hathaway Pines, Avery Glencoe, Douglas Flat, Sheep Ranch, White Pines, Dorrington, Camp Connell, Tamarack, Altaville, Valley Springs, Farmington

Colusa (1,813 customers) — Arbuckle, Stonyford, Williams, Sites, Maxwell

El Dorado (51,396 customers) — Placerville, El Dorado Hills, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park, Camino, Rescue, El Dorado, Somerset, Cool, Shingle Springs, Georgetown, Garden Valley, Diamond Springs, Pilot Hill, Grizzly Flats, Twin Bridges, Greenwood, Kyburz, Lotus, Kelsey, Mount Aukum, Coloma, Pacific House, Fair Play, Omo Ranch, Silver Fork, Aukum, Strawberry, Pioneer

Nevada (43,217 customers) — Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valey, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, North San Juan, Washington, Norden, Chicago Park, Cedar Ridge, Truckee, Kingvale

Placer (51,641 customers) — Auburn, Lincoln, Loomis, Colfax, Newcastle, Foresthill, Granite Bay, Meadow Vista, Penryn, Rocklin, Applegate, Alta, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Weimar, Gold Run, Baxter, Roseville, Sheridan, Christian Valley, Cool, Pilot Hill, Soda Springs, Norden, Georgetown, Greenwood

Plumas (803 customers) — La Porte, Quincy, Belden, Storrie, Twain, Bucks Lake, Tobin

San Joaquin (52 customers) — Vernalis, Tracy, Stockton, Farmington

Sierra (1,165 customers) — Sierra City, Downieville, Alleghany, Goodyears Bar, Pike City, Camptonville

Solano (32,863 customers) — Fairfield, Vacaville, Suisun City, Vallejo, Dixon

Stanislaus (1,088 customers) — Westley, Grayson, Patterson, Oakdale, Knights Ferry, La Grange, Modesto, Riverbank

Tuolumne (34,413 customers) — Sonora, Groveland, Twain Harte, Jamestown, Tuolumne, Mi Wuk Village, Pinecrest, Columbia, Soulsbyville, Long Barn, Strawberry, Chinese Camp, Cold Springs, Moccasin, Big Oak Flat, Sierra Village, La Grange, Coulterville, Sugar Pine

Yolo (5,792 customers) — Winters, Esparto, Guinda, Capay, Brooks, Madison, Rumsey, West Sacramento

Yuba (6,919 customers) — Marysville, Browns Valley, Oregon House, Wheatland, Dobbins, Camptonville, Smartville, Challenge, Rackerby, Strawberry Valley, Loma Rica, Forbestown, Clipper Mills, Bangor, La Porte, North San Juan….”

Bridge collapse in Taiwan sends dozens to hospitals

NJ deck collapse injures 22, but no deaths reported.

USA Today

The Blackout of 8/14/2003: “A major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada on August 14, 2003. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada…..”


An upper floor of a South Korean nightclub collapsed early Saturday, killing 2 and injuring 17


  • Among the injured included athletes competing in the FINA World Aquatics Championships
  • The two people killed were both South Koreans
  • The injured included four Americans, two New Zealanders, one Dutch, one Italian and one Brazilian

Cambodia: Through the rubble of a collapsed seven-story building rescuers recovered the bodies of 17 construction workers and pulled out 24 injured

NY Post


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