Latest Event Updates
Due to a Southern California Edison (SCE) underground equipment failure, portions of Malibu and Pepperdine’s Malibu Campus are experiencing a power outage. Power has been restored to some areas of campus. The following areas currently do not have power: Thornton Administrative Center, the Center for Communications and Business, President’s Drive, Tiner Court, Baxter Drive, Student Assistance Center, George Page Apartments, and the Caruso School of Law.
University administrators are in contact with SCE, and their teams are working to address the issue. SCE now estimates they will have full power restored to the Malibu Campus by 9 PM tonight.
Pepperdine officials are monitoring a wildfire in Topanga Canyon. Los Angeles County Fire has closed Topanga Canyon to north and south bound traffic from Pacific Coast Highway to Mulholland Drive. The fire department is holding the fire at couple of acres and does not expect it to grow into a larger incident. Smoke from the fire is visible from the Malibu campus.
Please be advised of the following:
- Community members whose homes are affected by the fire or road closures should follow the directions of their local governmental agencies.
- Road condition information is available on the University’s Road Condition hotline at 310.506.ROAD (7623).
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for our area from 1 am to 6 pm on Sunday, November 17, 2019, due to 20-30 mph winds from the northeast with gusts up to 50 mph and low humidity, 8%-15%. Maximum temperatures will be between 80-90 degrees.
Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service identify time periods when conditions are ideal for wildfires. During Red Flag warnings it is especially important to:
- Report any signs of smoke immediately to emergency responders. If on the Malibu campus call Public Safety at 310.506.4441. At all other locations report smoke by calling 911.
- Use caution when disposing of cigarettes and ensure that they are completely extinguished.
- Minimize any use of open flame in outdoor settings.
- Consider taking down umbrellas and moving patio furniture inside.
During Red Flag conditions, Southern California Edison (SCE) may issue a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), a preemptive deenergization of electrical circuits in an attempt to prevent power lines from starting a potential wildfire. This may result in the loss of power for a Pepperdine campus. While SCE has promised to advise the community in advance, and University officials are in regular communication with SCE representatives, the community should nevertheless be prepared for the possibility of a PSPS. Further details on a PSPS and how you can prepare are available here.
The Department of Public Safety is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to potential wildfires.
Pepperdine officials are monitoring a series of earthquakes that have occurred in the Ventura County region in the last 24 hours, including the recent magnitude-3.6 and 3.5 earthquakes, which occurred early this morning. Seismologists from the United States Geological Survey describe these earthquakes as normal.
At this time, there is no reported impact to any Pepperdine University campus. Although these tremors were minor, the Pepperdine community should stay prepared for earthquakes, which can happen at anytime. Learn more about steps you can take to manage your earthquake preparedness.