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Tag: earthquakes

August 24, 2011 | 10:32 am

Two 3.6 San Leandro Earthquakes Within 11 Hours

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Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on in San Leandro… This 3.6 hit three miles NNE of San Leandro at 9:57 a.m. And this one rumbled at 11:37 p.m. last night — same magnitude, nearby epicenter. Yesterday, a rare 5.9 quake, epicenter Virginia, rattled buildings and nerves all over the East Coast. Even the top of the […]

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April 18, 2011 | 8:30 pm

Power Restored in Pacifica after 3.7 Earthquake

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Update 8:20 p.m. Power has been restored in Pacifica. The Examiner reports some 10,000 people were affected by the outage that occurred after a 3.7 quake struck two miles southeast of that city. The temblor was felt all over the Bay Area. Earlier posts USGS has the details of the 3.4 earthquake that shook the […]

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April 18, 2011 | 11:05 am

Watch “On Shaky Ground,” Investigative Report Into Seismically Vulnerable Schools

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On Friday night, KQED Public Television aired “On Shaky Ground,” the broadcast component of California Watch’s investigation into the failure of state regulators to enforce seismic safety standards in schools. The investigation found that thousands of school buildings in California face seismic issues in contravention of state law, and may not be safe in the […]

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April 8, 2011 | 7:57 am

Morning Splash: Govt Shutdown Looms Today; Doubt About Schools’ Seismic Safety

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$5 billion separates parties in elusive 2011 budget deal (Washington Post) Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill say they are about $5 billion apart in their haggling to reach a deal to fund the federal government for the rest of the year. That amounts to one-half of 1 percent of the trillion dollars in spending […]

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Seismologists Urge Earthquake Early Warning System

April 5, 2011 | 1:11 pm

Seismologists Urge Earthquake Early Warning System

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Update Apr 6: Report on the event from the Chronicle… Today at 2 p.m., U.C. Berkeley will webcast a media briefing by “leading West Coast seismologists who will discuss their recommendations for establishing an earthquake early warning system in California, Oregon and Washington.” From the media advisory: Earthquake scientists from Washington, Oregon and California are […]

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March 21, 2011 | 1:27 pm

Watch Live: ‘Hearing on Earthquake Preparedness in California,’ or ‘What We Can Learn From Japan’

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The California Senate’s Committee on Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness is holding an informational hearing they’re calling: “The Japan Earthquake: The Impact and Lessons for California Part 1.” Here’s what’s on the agenda and who’s scheduled to be there: Overview – Is California at risk for an earthquake and tsunami like Japan experienced? Keith L. Knudsen, […]

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Video: Barbara Boxer Grills Nuclear Official on California Nuke Plants and Earthquakes

March 17, 2011 | 4:07 pm

Video: Barbara Boxer Grills Nuclear Official on California Nuke Plants and Earthquakes

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The crisis in Japan is fueling a debate all over the world about the wisdom of relying on nuclear power. That includes the U.S., where the Senate’s Environment & Public Works Committee yesterday held a Briefing on the Nuclear Plant Crisis in Japan and Implications for the United. The committee is chaired by Barbara Boxer, […]

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Japan Nuclear Fallout and the Risk to California

March 15, 2011 | 11:29 am

Japan Nuclear Fallout and the Risk to California

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Update March 18: New interview on Japanese radiation risk with atmospheric physics researcher. Earlier post It’s human nature I suppose to view catastrophes like those hitting Japan, initially at least, through a self-protective lens. Thus, when I woke up this morning, my first concern, irrational or not, was about any potential danger from trans-continental radiation […]

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March 12, 2011 | 4:07 pm

Interview: USGS Quake Expert on Likelihood of 9.0 Earthquake in California and Pacific Northwest

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On Friday, after the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami had hit Japan, Gretchen Weber of KQED’s Climate Watch spoke with Tom Brocher, Director of the Earthquake Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. Pretty interesting conversation for those of us who live in quake territory. After cautioning to be mindful of the […]

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