Disasters & Accidents

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.

inciweb

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

shakealert.org

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.

Rachael McDonald

The community has stepped up to help after a fire destroyed the Eugene Mission’s kitchen last week. Saturday’s Food Truck Festival fundraiser brought in $45-thousand .

Eugene Mission

An early Thursday morning fire at the Eugene Mission has been ruled accidental by the Eugene Springfield Fire Department. Investigators say a container of oily rags spontaneously combusted.

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