Jacob Margolis

Science Reporter

Stories by Jacob Margolis

Urban search and rescue workers practice responding to a big earthquake

Urban search and rescue workers from Los Angeles County and Fairfax, Virginia, met up in Castaic to practice how to respond to an earthquake. For 96 hours, they ran drills, including how to pull people from elevator shafts, collapsed parking structures and crushed cars.

LA's super green spring may pose a not-so-hidden danger

Plants are going to dry. How quickly that happens depends on how hot things get this spring and summer. And how long they stay dry depends on when our rainy season shows up.

California's rainy season is over. Here's how much our cup overfloweth

We now have a pretty good idea of how our water situation will look for the rest of the year.

Why's lightning so rare in L.A.?

Last night, residents of Ventura and Los Angeles counties got to experience their first thunderstorm in quite a while. If it's been raining so much, why haven't they come around more often?

Southern California has officially sloshed its way out of drought conditions

Unlike a few years ago, the precipitation we've been getting has been enough to make a serious difference in our water picture.

How to get ready for the next big earthquake. You asked, we answered

Another big quake is coming to Southern California. When it hits we want you to know what to do (and not do).

How a tweet about the Mars rover dying blew up on the internet and made people cry

"My battery is low and it's getting dark" is now the subject of memes, YouTube videos and T-shirts.

Opportunity is dead: JPL says RIP to the Mars rover

During its 15 years on Mars, the rover was tasked with solving a mystery about the planet — namely, whether it had liquid water, which could mean life.

Mars rover Opportunity's last chance at life

Last night, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, sent their final message to the Mars rover Opportunity, and unless they hear back it looks like the mission could be coming to an end after 15 years.

KPCC's newest podcast is out now

KPCC’s podcast The Big One is ready to stream. When the actual Big One hits, it’ll take less than two minutes for more than 10 million Southern Californians to lose internet, power and a sense of security. You’ll need a plan if you want to survive, and this podcast will help you get started.

Fire clouds loom above Cranston fire, threatening Idyllwild

High above the Cranston fire in Idyllwild, there are giant, dark, pyrocumulus clouds. While they might look like thunder clouds, they're not bringing rain. In fact, they're bringing strong winds and the threat of lightning.

Ferguson fire near Yosemite harbinger of California's fire year ahead

The Ferguson fire continues to threaten Yosemite, as it more than doubled in size over the past few days. The hot and dry conditions that've made it difficult to tackle the blaze have been present across other parts of the state, hinting at a destructive fire year ahead for California.

California's rainy season was pretty dry. Here's what that means for you

While we had a lot of precipitation last year, this year has been below average. What does that mean for our water supplies, considering we're only a year removed from crippling drought?

Why SoCal's big, bad storm didn't live up to the hype

Before the storm made landfall earlier this week, it was forecast to dump 10 inches of rain in the Santa Barbara mountains. Where did all of that water go?

Why atmospheric rivers can be a blessing and a curse

Atmospheric rivers are a vital source of California's water supply, but they also can trigger mudslides given their often heavy rains.