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Lack of Oversight by Seismic Regulator For Calif. Schools Increases Safety Risk

June 12, 2012 | 8:22 am

Lack of Oversight by Seismic Regulator For Calif. Schools Increases Safety Risk

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by Corey G. Johnson, California Watch The office that oversees the seismic safety of California’s public schools can’t show that it has approved all building plan changes, heightening the risk that some schools don’t meet standards and are unsafe, according to a state auditor’s report. The Division of the State Architect is required to ensure […]

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PG&E Hasn’t Done Quake Assessment For Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Since 1988

May 30, 2012 | 2:31 pm

PG&E Hasn’t Done Quake Assessment For Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Since 1988

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by Daniel J. Goldstein, The Bay Citizen PG&E and Southern California Edison, operators of California’s two nuclear power reactors, haven’t done a comprehensive risk assessment of their plants’ vulnerabilities to earthquakes for nearly two decades, according to a Government Accountability Office report released yesterday. The report, which looked at more than 100 operating nuclear reactors in […]

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Los Gatos District’s Plan to Halt School Construction On Seismic Concerns Angers Parents

May 8, 2012 | 2:02 pm

Los Gatos District’s Plan to Halt School Construction On Seismic Concerns Angers Parents

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by Corey G Johnson, The Bay Citizen A Los Gatos school district’s decision to halt construction of a new elementary school over state geologists’ safety concerns has inflamed a local mountain community and highlighted the difficulty of building schools in seismically vulnerable areas. Los Gatos Union School District officials will meet with the California Geological […]

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Dozens of Homes Collapse in 7.4 Mexico Earthquake

March 20, 2012 | 3:14 pm

Dozens of Homes Collapse in 7.4 Mexico Earthquake

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MEXICO CITY (AP) A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit central and southern Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing at least 60 homes near the epicenter and a pedestrian bridge in the capital where people fled shaking office buildings in fear. One of the strongest to shake Mexico since the deadly 1985 temblor that killed thousands in Mexico City, […]

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March 5, 2012 | 7:29 am

4.0 Quake Rattles Bay Area Awake, Reminder of Hayward Fault Stress

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It wasn’t “The Big One” – not even close – but this morning’s 4.0 earthquake rattled buildings and some nerves around the Bay Area this morning. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the temblor at 5:33 a.m. centered 5.5 miles below a country club in El Cerrito. Aftershocks of 2.0 and 1.1 magnitude followed. Some in […]

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February 20, 2012 | 7:25 am

1906 Earthquake Survivor Dies at 109

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(Bay City News) SANTA ROSA — A Novato woman thought to be the oldest of three known remaining survivors of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake has died at the age of 109. Rose Cliver passed away Saturday in Santa Rosa, according to Lee Houskeeper, publicist for San Francisco restaurant John’s Grill. The restaurant hosts an […]

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February 16, 2012 | 9:28 am

Pair of 3.5 Quakes Rattle Vallejo Area

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Here’s the entry from the USGS for yesterday’s 3.5 quake, which hit at 6:09 p.m., and here’s the one for this morning’s, which struck at 9:13 a.m. Google maps below. You can see how close together they were geographically: 3.5 quake yesterday View Larger Map 3.5 quake today View Larger Map

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State Architect: Fixing Seismic Oversight For Schools a ‘High Priority’

January 13, 2012 | 10:38 am

State Architect: Fixing Seismic Oversight For Schools a ‘High Priority’

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by Corey G. Johnson, California Watch Newly appointed State Architect Chester Widom said yesterday that he is “digging deep” and looking at all possible solutions to address issues cited in a recent audit critical of the state’s seismic safety regulator for public schools. Speaking for about five minutes near the end of yesterday’s state Seismic Safety […]

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November 5, 2011 | 5:25 pm

3.2 Quake Rattles East Bay

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(Bay City News) A 3.2-magnitude earthquake shook the East Bay this afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck at 2:52 p.m. in roughly the same area that has experienced several 3.0-magnitude or larger seismic events in recent weeks, according to the USGS. This afternoon’s earthquake was centered 2 miles north of Piedmont […]

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November 2, 2011 | 4:08 pm

Recent Berkeley Quakes: Are We Due for the Big One?

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A cluster of recent earthquakes in Berkeley over the past two weeks has made local residents nervous about “the big one.” There’s even been some misinformation circulating about the risk is of an earthquake in the East Bay. To clear things up, I spoke with Keith Knudsen of the USGS Earthquake Science Center about what […]

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