Disasters & Accidents

Flickr.com's Matt Hecht.

More storm activity is going to hit the Pacific Northwest this weekend.  And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s expected to be stronger than Thursday’s gusts and rain.

Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue (Allison Johnson, photo)

A tornado hit the coastal town of Manzanita this morning.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, clean-up has begun ahead of a second predicted wave of gusts and rain during the weekend.  

Oregon leaders know there’s a one in three chance of a massive earthquake and tsunami over the next 50 years.

Those are high odds. And they’re the reason why some people are frustrated Oregon State University plans to build a $50 million dollar research center smack in the middle of the tsunami zone.

In Newport’s harbor, moored next to all the fishing boats, lies the Newport Belle.

It’s an old stern-wheeler that’s been turned into a bed and breakfast by owner, Michael Wilkinson.

Brian Bull

Clean-up continues at the site of Sunday night’s train derailment.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, rail authorities are still trying to determine the cause.

Carolyn Osborne-Sommer

A Union Pacific train derailed in Eugene Sunday evening at around 5 o’clock. According to Union Pacific Spokesman Justin Jacobs, there were no injuries reported and there was no release of hazardous materials. 

Archaelogical Legacy Institute.

A Eugene-based organization wants to help solve one of history’s greatest mysteries: the fate of pioneer aviatrix Amelia Earhart, whose plane disappeared nearly 80 years ago.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

American Red Cross

Red Cross volunteers from Oregon and Southwest Washington are helping with flood relief efforts in Louisiana.


There have been several recent fires on agricultural and grassland in and around the city of Corvallis. These tend to be human-caused.


The Federal government has allocated $3.7 million for an earthquake early warning system for the west coast. The U-S Geological Survey awarded additional grant money to the University of Oregon.

Dave Howe, Bend Fire Dept.

Fire officials say 10 small brush fires set along a Bend area road this morning were caused by a faulty car part.