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NEWS
June 16, 1991 | Associated Press
Volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters struck at week's end in Asia, South America, the Soviet Union and an island chain in the South Atlantic. Here is a rundown on the burst of activity: PHILIPPINES--A huge fissure cracked Mt. Pinatubo and scientists said the erupting volcano may be building up to a catastrophic blast. The region was also hit by winds and rains generated by a typhoon, and earthquakes triggered by the volcanic eruptions shook parts of Luzon Island.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2005 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of concerns about government response to Hurricane Katrina, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he will create an expert team to assess how prepared the city is to handle a disaster. The mayor offered few details about the group except to say that it will consist of experts from inside and outside local government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1993 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The city is "on the cutting edge" of disaster preparedness, according to a commendation Santa Clarita received for a program that teaches residents how to be self-sufficient for up to three days after a major disaster. The Emergency Preparedness Commission for Los Angeles County and its cities recognized Santa Clarita this month for using volunteers and private companies to offer the disaster training at no cost to the public.
NEWS
July 29, 1989 | LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writer
Ambulance-chasing lawyers are finding the roads to major disasters increasingly blocked these days by state bar associations. For example, within hours of last week's deadly crash of a United Airlines DC-10 at Sioux City, the Iowa State Bar Assn. put up what amounted to a lawyers-not-welcome sign at the scene of the tragedy where 111 died. Another 185 passengers survived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1991 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fire raced through a building at the Universal Studios back lot Wednesday exactly one year after a wind-whipped blaze destroyed $25 million of the company's historic movie sets. But this time the fire was no more real than the New York street where smoke billowed from a movie-land facade. It was just the first act in a studio extravaganza. Universal Studios recreated the fire--and an explosion, an earthquake and a toxics spill--as part of a three-day seminar on how to deal with disasters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1989 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
When a fireworks cache exploded in a Koreatown apartment last month, Scott Underwood heard the news over AM radio. He took that as a personal defeat. As vice chairman of emergency operations for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross, Underwood goes to some trouble to stay in tune with disaster. He listens to Fire Department calls on a scanner most of the day. He has one at his home, one in his car and one in the office of his printing shop.
NEWS
February 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The United States has declared Lebanon a disaster area after fighting that has claimed more than 500 lives. The U.S. State Department said $250,000 in emergency medical aid will be sent. Spokesman Richard Boucher said the disaster declaration follows two weeks of fierce fighting in Christian East Beirut. The emergency aid is in addition to the regular U.S. humanitarian program for Lebanon, which amounts to $23 million for fiscal 1990, he said.
WORLD
May 29, 2008 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
Images run through my mind when I'm brave enough to let them in like the click-click of an old slide projector. The body of the security guard five days after the quake, his keys still on his belt, his uniform and badge struggling to lend some dignity to his bloated corpse. The body of the student, a boy slightly older than my son, his sneakers battered, his shirttail out. Like most people, I move through life clinging to a few assumptions that give me a modest sense of control.
NATIONAL
August 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Tom Vilsack declared three Iowa counties disaster areas after storms with high wind and heavy rain knocked down a nursing home's wall in Hiawatha and dropped softball-size hail north of Des Moines that damaged crops. Residents in Leon cleaned up branches, limbs and other debris, and crews repaired cable connections and power lines ripped from homes by the storm. "It was terrible. Oh, that noise!
NEWS
January 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Gov. John Waihee has asked President Reagan to declare the island of Oahu a major disaster area as the result of recent flooding that caused an estimated $35 million in damage. Waihee signed the formal request, which would authorize federal assistance for eligible victims, after meeting Tuesday night with officials who surveyed the damage.
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