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EDM Friday Briefing: Winter Storm May Drop Two Feet of Snow on New England

EDM Friday Briefing: Winter Storm May Drop Two Feet of Snow on New England


Emergency and disaster management briefing for January 18, 2019: The Bay Area was struck by another earthquake in nearly the same location as one the day before; a rare avalanche in New Mexico leaves one skier dead and another in critical condition; the man who shot his estranged wife and adult daughter was found dead in a hotel room in Houston; Perdue Foods, LLC, has issued a massive recall for its SimplySmart Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets for possible contamination; a car bombing at a police academy in Bogota, Colombia killed 21 and injured at least 68 people; rescuers are desperately digging an alternate tunnel to search for a toddler who fell down an uncovered and unmarked well in Spain; the tourist hotspot, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, was struck by a 4.4 magnitude earthquake early Friday morning; and a winter storm moving eastward is likely to dump up to 2 feet of snow on New England by Sunday.

1. The San Francisco Bay Area was struck with another 3.5 magnitude temblor Thursday, in nearly the exact same location as an earthquake that occurred about 25 hours earlier. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the 3.5 earthquake was centered 2.5 miles from Berkeley and 1.9 miles from Piedmont, at a depth of 7 miles. The earthquake occurred around 6:11 a.m. and shaking was reported in Alameda, Benicia, Oakland, Richmond and San Leandro.

2. One skier is dead and another has been critically injured after being buried in an avalanche in New Mexico on Thursday. The avalanche occurred near Kachina Peak, the highest point at the Taos Valley Ski Resort, and dozens of volunteer rescuers assisted in locating the buried skiers. Ski patrol members had detonated explosives to trigger an avalanche early Thursday morning, which delayed the K3 run opening, in order to prevent an incident from occurring. An investigation into the rare avalanche is planned.

3. Police have confirmed that the man who shot two women in the parking lot of a church in Houston, Texas, on Thursday night is dead. Arthur Edigin, 62, was found dead in his hotel room after an hours-long standoff with SWAT following the shooting of his estranged wife and adult daughter. The shooting occurred outside the church just after 7:00 p.m. when Edigin shot and killed his estranged wife, and also shot his daughter. His daughter survived the incident.

4. Perdue Foods, LLC, has issued a recall for 68,244 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nuggets due to concerns of foreign matter contamination. The Perry, Georgia-based company issued a recall for its SimplySmart Organics Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets with a best-by date of 10/25/2019, due to the potential contamination of the chicken nuggets with wood. The recall was issued following three separate complaints of consumers finding wood in the product. Anyone with the product should avoid eating it and discard it, or return it for a refund.

5. A car bombing at a police academy in Bogota, Colombia, has left at least 21 people dead and wounded at least another 68 -- 10 of whom remain hospitalized -- in what is being investigated as a terrorist attack. The attack occurred when a car exploded after it broke through checkpoints at the General Santander school. The explosion shattered the windows of nearby apartments. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, government officials noted it is the most deadly attack in years, and are blaming the last remaining rebel group, the ELN, for the attack.

6. Rescuers in Spain are attempting to dig a new tunnel in an effort to find the toddler who fell down a recently dug well that was uncovered and unmarked in a mountainous park. The toddler was in a park in Totalan on Sunday when he wandered away and fell down the 330-foot well. Various attempts to reach the boy have failed.  Efforts to dig the new tunnel have intensified, although authorities have not said whether they believe the boy is dead or alive.

7. The tourist hotspot, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, was hit by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake early Friday morning local time. The earthquake struck in the Atlantic Ocean, between two of the Canary Islands, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, around 6:36 a.m. local time at a shallow depth of about 3.1 miles. Shaking was widely felt on Tenerife, while some people reportedly felt shaking on Gran Canaria.

8. A storm that wreaked havoc on the West Coast and California has moved eastward and is expected to drop anywhere from 1-2 inches of snow up to 2 feet in some portions of upstate New York, central Pennsylvania and much of New England by Sunday. The storm moved through Nebraska Friday, prompting public schools in Omaha to cancel classes for the day. Winter storm warnings have been issued for the Greater Chicago area for Friday evening. As snowfall accumulates, travel may be impacted and emergency management officials are asking drivers to heed warnings in order to remain safe.


Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.