San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station siren system to be tested
52 siren alarm
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—The annual test of the community alert siren system for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be conducted next week.
The exercise scheduled for Wednesday morning involves Southern California Edison and the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as Orange County, the California Department of Parks and Recreation and Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton.
Between 10 a.m. and noon, 52 sirens located in the communities around the seaside nuclear plant will be activated several times, for about three minutes each time. The sirens sound a continuous steady tone, distinguishing them from those used by fire and police departments.
"Protecting the health and safety of workers and the public is our highest responsibility,'' said SCE Chief Nuclear Officer Joe Sheppard. "In a real emergency, the siren system would alert residents to turn on their radio or TV for emergency response information from their community leaders. Other sources of emergency information include city websites and our community website, www.SONGScommunity.com.''
Fliers and other educational materials explaining the test have been distributed to residents, businesses and schools in the area.
Before and during the siren test, broadcasts on Orange County's primary Emergency Alert System radio station, KWVE 107.9, will inform the public of the test.
The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station generates about 2,200 megawatts of electricity, enough power to serve 1.4 million average homes at a point in time.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—The siren system that alerts neighboring communities in the event of an emergency at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will undergo annual testing next week, Southern California Edison announced today.
On Oct. 19 between 10 a.m. and noon, 50 sirens located in the communities around the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station—including Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Camp Pendleton—will be activated several times for about three minutes each time.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—As the Southland braced for repercussions today from a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan, the first waves from a tsunami reaching the beaches of Los Angeles County appeared fairly normal this morning.
The earthquake, which caused a 30-foot tsunami to hit Japan, has killed more than 300 people there. It is believed to be the strongest earthquake ever to strike near Japan.
ROSEMEAD, Calif.—March 15 is the deadline for Southern California high school seniors and students in 13 other states to apply for Edison International scholarships worth up to $10,000.
A total of 125 winners will be awarded $2,500 scholarships, renewable for an additional three years for a total of $10,000, according to Southern California Edison, whose parent company is celebrating 125 years in business.
COMPTON, Calif. — A fire broke out today in a commercial building in Compton, possibly compromising power lines, county fire officials said.
The blaze was reported at 3:24 p.m. in the 5000 block of Compton Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The structure was engulfed in flames and continued to burn as of 4 p.m., fire officials said.
There may be power lines down behind the burning building, fire officials said. Southern California Edison were dispatched to the scene.
The National Regulatory Research Institute’s October 2012 report, “The Role of Natural Gas in California’s Climate Policy,” stated: “As California transitions its energy infrastructure to one that is more environmentally friendly, natural gas holds promise as a fuel that can complement the state’s cap-and-trade program, energy-efficiency measures, and transition to renewables.”