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25 Years After the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Are We Safer?

KQED Science | October 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

25 Years After the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Are We Safer?

Bay Area taxpayers have spent billions of dollars over the last quarter-century to make our bridges, water pipes and power supplies safer in an earthquake. Experts say that means the Bay Area is much better off now. At the same time, the work is far from over.

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Join a Series of Geological Treasure Hunts With Earth Science Week 2014

KQED Science | October 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Join a Series of Geological Treasure Hunts With Earth Science Week 2014

The annual open-ended celebration of geology and its related sciences takes place all this coming week. See what's happening and where to take part.

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Computer-Generated Molecular Models Promise Greener Concrete

KQED Science | October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Computer-Generated Molecular Models Promise Greener Concrete

More precisely targeted cement would use less calcium and use less energy to create it. A study at MIT exploring the molecular structure of cement promises substantial energy and greenhouse-gas savings in this crucial technology.

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Two New Studies Underline How Methane Matters to Global Carbon Cycle

KQED Science | September 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Two New Studies Underline How Methane Matters to Global Carbon Cycle

Natural gas is often called a "bridge fuel" that will help ease us off of carbon-based energy. But a study suggests that without policies to push us toward renewables and away from fossil fuels, natural gas will still leave the sky as a waste dump.

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Finding Faults: Scientists Close in on Napa Quake Origins

KQED Science | September 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Finding Faults: Scientists Close in on Napa Quake Origins

The South Napa Earthquake revealed how much we've yet to learn about seismic faults in the Napa Valley.

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USGS Releases a New Mapping Tool to Assist Tsunami Shelter Development

KQED Science | September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

USGS Releases a New Mapping Tool to Assist Tsunami Shelter Development

It may happen just once in your lifetime: a large tsunami is coming, big enough to make you run for your life. Where do you go? USGS has released a new tool to help planners plot out shelters in West Coast communities and other tsunami-hazard zones.

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California’s Earthquake Early Warning System Is Ready to Get Started

KQED Science | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

California’s Earthquake Early Warning System Is Ready to Get Started

The Third International Conference on Earthquake Early Warning, held in Berkeley last week, was a revealing glimpse of our future, in which we'll get precious seconds of notice before earthquake shaking strikes our lives and buildings.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/10/first-death-reported-from-the-napa-quake/ target=_blank >First Death Reported from the Napa Quake</a>

State of Health | September 10, 2014

First Death Reported from the Napa Quake

The magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck Aug. 24. (Craig Miller/KQED) A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died — the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 quake, sheriff's officials said. Laurie Anne Thompson was at her Napa home during ...Read More

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Quake-Revived Streams Could Keep Flowing for a While

KQED Science | September 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Quake-Revived Streams Could Keep Flowing for a While

The Napa quake jump-started several streams in the Napa and adjoining valleys, but how long they'll run and where the water is coming from is hard to pin down.

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Scientists Concerned as San Andreas Fault Observatory Seeks Additional Funds

KQED Science | September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scientists Concerned as San Andreas Fault Observatory Seeks Additional Funds

A few million dollars -- that's all scientists ask for to revive a breakthrough underground laboratory sitting precisely on the San Andreas fault.

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Napa Quake Forces Redrawing of Fault Maps

KQED Science | September 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

Napa Quake Forces Redrawing of Fault Maps

Some surprises emerge, which could lead to additional building restrictions in the Napa Valley.

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Now That the Shaking’s Over from the South Napa Earthquake, Read This Comic

KQED Science | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now That the Shaking’s Over from the South Napa Earthquake, Read This Comic

Among the helpful advice and resources that government agencies are sharing after the South Napa earthquake, the most effective product may be the newly released comic book "Without Warning."

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South Napa Quake: What Scientists Know So Far

KQED Science | August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

South Napa Quake: What Scientists Know So Far

Scientists are still trying to find out more about the fault where Sunday’s earthquake occurred. They are focusing on the small West Napa Fault.

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UC Berkeley System Gave Early Warning of South Napa Earthquake

KQED Science | August 24, 2014 | 25 Comments

UC Berkeley System Gave Early Warning of South Napa Earthquake

Five seconds before the South Napa Earthquake struck, UC Berkeley’s ShakeAlert detected the quake.

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What Causes Earthquakes?

KQED Science | August 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

What Causes Earthquakes?

The earth is constantly shifting and the Earth’s crust is broken up into many rocky plates, like pieces of a puzzle.

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Epic Drought in West Is Literally Moving Mountains

KQED Science | August 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Epic Drought in West Is Literally Moving Mountains

Some parts of California’s mountains have been uplifted by as much as half an inch in the past 18 months because the massive amount of water lost in the drought is no longer weighing down the land, causing it to rise a bit like an uncoiled spring.

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New-Generation Earthquake Forecasting Swings into Operation in Italy

KQED Science | August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

New-Generation Earthquake Forecasting Swings into Operation in Italy

Italy is approaching the next frontier in earthquake forecasting: an "operational" system that will make quake forecasts routine, whose contents we can take in stride.

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Parks Attract Affluent Homeowners to Earthquake Fault Zones Despite Risks

KQED Science | August 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

Parks Attract Affluent Homeowners to Earthquake Fault Zones Despite Risks

The Alquist-Priolo law keeps new homes away from active earthquake faults. But a study finds that the resulting 'fault zone parks' attract wealthy residents despite the seismic hazard.

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A Simple Mineral Has Geochemical Power That Helps Spark Life

KQED Science | August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Simple Mineral Has Geochemical Power That Helps Spark Life

New work shows that the simple mineral sphalerite has geochemical powers suitable for helping life to arise from precursors in the mineral kingdom.

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The ‘Tahoe Tsunami': New Study Envisions Early Geologic Event

KQED Science | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The ‘Tahoe Tsunami': New Study Envisions Early Geologic Event

A new paper marshals evidence detailing the catastrophic landslide and mega-tsunami that struck Lake Tahoe during the late Pleistocene.

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