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Rim Fire Fallout: Smoke Still Spreads from Blaze to Lake Tahoe, Reno and Beyond

August 25, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Rim Fire Fallout: Smoke Still Spreads from Blaze to Lake Tahoe, Reno and Beyond

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Update Wednesday Aug. 28: Latest air quality and smoke information here. Update Monday, Aug. 26: From the local website MyMotherLode: The Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District has extended the Air Quality Alert for Tuolumne County due to smoke impacts from the Rim Fire. The Air Quality Alert is now in effect until 12 PM on […]

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Rim Fire Update: Blaze Continues to Roar, Crosses Into Yosemite National Park

August 23, 2013 | 10:55 pm

Rim Fire Update: Blaze Continues to Roar, Crosses Into Yosemite National Park

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Latest post: Blaze Slows But Remains Extremely Dangerous Details, as of 10:30 p.m. PDT Friday: The fire that’s been burning all week just west of Yosemite took another giant leap in size Friday, with U.S. Forest Service and CalFire reporting the blaze, named the Rim Fire, has now covered more than 125,000 acres (more below on […]

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August 20, 2013 | 9:47 am

Video: Cal State East Bay’s Warren Hall Imploded

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OK, we’re a couple of days late on this, but what, you thought we weren’t going to post it? Dudes, it’s an implosion. Cal State East Bay’s Warren Hall was the most seismically vulnerable building in the California State University system. On Saturday, hundreds of spectators gathered to watch it get blown up real good […]

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USGS Seeking New Homes for Earthquake Sensors in East Bay Hills

May 24, 2013 | 5:47 pm

USGS Seeking New Homes for Earthquake Sensors in East Bay Hills

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The U.S. Geological Survey is seeking homes for around 30 new seismic sensors in the East Bay. The sensors help scientists better understand how earthquakes behave, and also contribute to the ongoing effort to establish stronger engineering standards for construction. The new sensors will be deployed in August in homes and businesses in  the Pleasanton/Dublin/San […]

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Calif. Firefighters Rue Budget Cuts as Wildfire Season Heats Up

May 6, 2013 | 5:55 am

Calif. Firefighters Rue Budget Cuts as Wildfire Season Heats Up

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When wildfires blow up, and especially when more than one is raging at the same time, the calls go out to everybody with firefighting resources. It happens every year, more or less often depending on the weather. This year, though, our collective ability to fend off fiery Armageddon is hampered by a hoary beast that […]

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May 3, 2013 | 12:02 pm

Firefighters Battle Series of California Wildfires; Map, Updates

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Update on June 3, 2013: A large fire is raging north of Los Angeles CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A huge Southern California wildfire carved a path to the sea and burned on the beach Friday, but firefighters got a break as gusty Santa Ana winds turned into breezes. Temperatures remained high, but humidity levels were […]

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December 13, 2012 | 2:42 pm

Photos and Video: King Tides May Give a Glimpse of Bay Area’s Climate Change Future

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Want to know what the Bay Area coast will look like in years to come? Tides are rising to a their highest levels of the year Thursday and Friday. A rare juxtaposition of the sun and moon is pulling the water two or three feet above its normal levels, and has caused minor flooding around […]

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Reporting Tsunami Debris by Smartphone as it Drifts Toward California

December 10, 2012 | 1:01 pm

Reporting Tsunami Debris by Smartphone as it Drifts Toward California

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Debris from last year’s Japan tsunami is still making its way across the Pacific, drifting toward the California coast, and researchers are looking for “citizen scientists” to help track and catalog it. And yes, there’s an app for that. It’s called “Coastbuster,” and it enables smartphone users to report potential remnants from the March, 2011 […]

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Bay Area Flood Warnings and Watches

December 2, 2012 | 12:40 pm

Bay Area Flood Warnings and Watches

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Update Sunday, Dec 23: Latest warnings and watches here.

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A Decade of Flood Engineering in Napa Awaits Test From Nature

November 30, 2012 | 10:18 am

A Decade of Flood Engineering in Napa Awaits Test From Nature

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When this kind of “atmospheric river” bears down on the North Bay, folks in downtown Napa keep one eye on the sky and the other on the historically mischievous river that loops through the middle of town. With 21 “serious” floods in the past century, it’s hard to blame them. City and county engineers are […]

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