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Japan’s first disaster-reconstruction minister resigned in tears one week after his appointment. Ryu Matsumoto was bombarded by criticism that he was rude to local officials on a weekend trip to the tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. Matsumoto berated a local governor who was late to a meeting, and refused to shake hands. He also threatened to withhold aid to any municipalities that did not have good ideas about rebuilding. Read More
What will it be like when Gwen Stefani and her platinum ska-punk-pop band No Doubt return? Where will she fit in, in this bold new Ke$ha/Katy Perry/Lady Gaga era? 200 lucky Los Angeles fans found out June 7, when Stefani hosted a private Harajuku-themed tea party at that city’s Royal/T, a benefit for the Children’s Japan Earthquake Emergency Fund. Read More
A 3.6-magnitude earthquake shook Contra Costa County on Saturday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake struck about 2 miles south of Hercules just after 7 p.m. and had a 6-mile depth, according to the USGS.
A witness in Alameda felt her apartment building shake just after the quake began."I thought it was the Rapture," she said. Read More
San Francisco leaders are well aware that a devastating earthquake could happen at any moment. They’re well aware that buildings with “soft-story” construction will be the most vulnerable during a quake. And they’re painfully aware that building owners aren’t just going to up and retrofit their buildings on their own. Read More
A trio of New Zealand politicians have apparently been invited to San Francisco by Mayor Ed Lee and former Mayor Art Agnos to learn how to recover from a massive earthquake. Read More
Your Sunday front-page story reported the proposal that owners of unstable “soft-story” buildings be required to seismically upgrade their properties. But who should pay for expensive upgrades of rent-controlled properties? Read More
On the 105th anniversary of San Francisco’s infamous 1906 earthquake, a 3.41 shaker rattled the Bay Area knocking out power to some 10,000 Pacifica residents. Power however has since been restored. Read More
An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.4 rattled parts of the Bay Area this afternoon. Initially, the U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 3.8, which it has since revised.The quake, which occurred at 2:57 p.m., was centered about 2 miles southeast of Pacifica, according to the USGS.It was followed at 3 p.m. by a second, smaller earthquake with a magnitude of 1.4. That quake was centered about 2 miles southwest of San Bruno. Read More
It’s a rarity: a huge pot of money voters authorized, but barely touched.
Some $260 million in bonds approved in 1992 have not been tapped because the program to dispense the earthquake rehab funding proved onerous and expensive.
City leaders have considered repurposing the money, but that proved unwieldy. So now they say the funds probably won’t ever be collected or spent. Read More