EDM Friday Briefing: Infant Ibuprofen Recall; Heavy Rains in California
Emergency and disaster management briefing for December 7, 2018: Heavy rains caused mudslides in Malibu and closed a portion of the PCH, mandatory evacuations were ordered in Lake Elsinore due to the Holy Fire burn scar, a Southwest Airlines plane went off the end of the runway at the Burbank Airport, heavy rainfall in Orange County led to flooding in Costa Mesa and evacuation orders for residents near Trabuco Creek, a bomb threat caused the evacuation of the Time Warner Center in NYC, clues suggest China may have been behind the Starwood reservation system hack, and extra training is becoming a focal point in the investigation of the deadly Lion Air crash.
- Heavy rains prompted authorities in Southern California to issue evacuation orders for nearly 3,000 people due to the high risk of mudslides from the Woolsey Fire burn scar. A flash flood warning was also issued for parts of the area, and part of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) was shut down from a mudslide. Mudslides also shut down Bonsall Drive and Cuthbert Road, and according to the city of Malibu, mudslides also occurred on Kanan Road and Morning View.
- As the heavy rains continued across Southern California, mandatory evacuations that were issued for Lake Elsinore due to the Holy Fire burn scar, were downgraded to voluntary late Thursday night. The evacuation order affected nearly 2,800 people in 800 homes, as officials were concerned that heavy debris flows rushing down hillsides in channels and near the back of homes would expand and quickly affect communities. Thick mud flowed down streets in the area, and officials are concerned about the stability of the hills and slopes in Rice Canyon, as more rain is forecast for the area.
- A Southwest Airlines plane rolled off the end of the runway at the Burbank Airport in California on Thursday, amid heavy rains that caused the aircraft to hydroplane. According to eyewitness reports, the pilot applied the brakes and reverse thrust and was able to regain control of the aircraft quickly after it hydroplaned. The aircraft came to rest in the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS)--a soft material designed to stop an airplane if it rolls off the end of a runway.
- Orange County, California was also inundated with rain on Thursday, prompting authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation order for private residents living near Trabuco Creek. Flooding was also an issue in Costa Mesa, where up to four feet of water was observed, while residents of Rose Canyon were ordered to shelter in place. Trabuco Canyon and other areas were also reporting flooding, and downtown Los Angeles received a record 1.9 inches of rain from the storm system.
- A phoned-in bomb threat on Thursday around 10:30 p.m. prompted the evacuation of the Time Warner Center in New York City, including CNN. The threat stated that there were five bombs placed throughout the Time Warner Center, sparking the building's evacuation and prompting street closures in the area. Police and bomb squad personnel swept the building, but no explosives were found, and an all-clear was given that it was safe for everyone to re-enter the building.
- A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen distributed nation wide and sold at several chain stores across the United States. Three brands are affected by the Tris Pharma, Inc., recall of 0.5 oz bottles of Infants' Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID), 50 mg per 1.25 mL, including CVS Health, Equate (sold at Walmart), and Family Wellness (sold at Family Dollar stores). The oral suspension may potentially contain higher concentrations of ibuprofen, which could cause renal failure in susceptible infants, with other adverse affects also being possible, such as Tinnitus, headache, nausea, vomiting, and gastrointestinal bleeding, among others.
- As the investigation continues into the hack of the Starwood hotels reservation system, a brand now owned by Marriott International, Inc., clues suggest that a Chinese government intelligence gathering operation may have been behind the hack. Sources that reported the information caution that while evidence suggests China's involvement, other parties had access to the tools used. It is also possible that multiple hackers were inside the system simultaneously, since the breach began four years ago, and prior to the brands' purchase by Marriott.
- Extra training for pilots on the 737 MAX aircraft produced by Boeing, is becoming a major focal point after the deadly Lion Air Crash revealed faulty sensor readings caused the automated software system to repeatedly push the airplane's nose downward. Boeing officials have reiterated that the 737 MAX airplane is safe, and that training procedures are already in place for such a scenario, however the company is also examining a possible software fix to address the issue. Due to the deadly crash, Lion Air, a privately owned budget airline, is considering cancelling its order for the remaining 737 MAX jets it still has pending with the company.
So far, closures include (in both directions):
-PCH, from Busch Drive to County Line
-Kanan Dume Road, from 101 (Ventura) Freeway to PCH
We will continue to update this brief as we learn more.https://t.co/rTMmP4XJBx
— The Malibu Times (@TheMalibuTimes) December 6, 2018
Orange and Riverside County evacuation orders today: Mudslides threaten areas ravaged by Holy Fire https://t.co/7LeRtomYVF
— Elma Holt (@ElmaElmacholt) December 7, 2018
Southwest Airlines B737-700 (N752SW), arriving as flight #WN278 from Oakland with 117 people on board, ran beyond the end of the landing runway 08 at Burbank-Intl Airport (KBUR), CA. The 737 came to rest about 30 meters further. There were no injuries. https://t.co/5nhyYProMU pic.twitter.com/egv2KmmqtV
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) December 6, 2018
STORM ALERT: We are experiencing localized flooding in many parts of the city and will be closing some streets until the flooding subsides. Please report flooding issues to 714-327-5123.
Sandbags are available at City Hall. pic.twitter.com/FzYcYU6JHR
— City of Costa Mesa (@CityofCostaMesa) December 6, 2018
UPDATE: Person calls Time Warner Building to claim there are 5 bombs inside, according to police official, prompting a precautionary evacuation; CNN airing taped programming as result https://t.co/2jghJ3sWNz @Jonathan4NY
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) December 7, 2018
— KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO (@KNX1070) December 6, 2018
Confirming our scoop from the other day, Lion Air CEO says possible will cancel Boeing 737 MAX orders https://t.co/S4yB2KfaaD
— Jamie Freed (@Jamie_Freed) December 6, 2018