Tag Archives: Los Angeles
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

  While CNN calls Three Mile Island the worst nuclear disaster on American soil, the news agency completely overlooks the Santa Susana Field Laboratory meltdown in 1959 — a meltdown that occurred without a containment structure in place. No one knows how much radiation was released, because the…

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

  The Salton Sea was created when irrigation routes were mishandled and allowed to run into the Salton Sink in southeastern California from 1905 to 1907. The inland sea has no outlet and is fed by agricultural runoff. The resulting high salinity is responsible for the deaths of…

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

When the Los Angeles aqueduct was opened in 1913, it diverted water from Owens Lake. Just 13 years later the lake, which once could float a steamboat, had dried up — to slake the thirst of a growing city in the desert. The drying of the lake created…

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

  We’re going to start off with a bad news–good news story. This way when you look at the rest of the list, you can always come back to this one and find some hope. Things can change. They can get better. Humans have been destroying the ecological…