After years of debate and study, San Francisco on Tuesday laid out a plan to make “soft-story” buildings more resilient during the next big earthquake.
The proposal targets the 4,300 wood-frame residential buildings of three or more stories that contain at least five units and were built before 1978. Nearly 3,000 such structures are mostly found in the Mission, Western Addition, Richmond, North Beach and Marina neighborhoods.
A bullet train linking Northern and Southern California will be an audacious engineering feat because the line must cross two mountain ranges and a half-dozen earthquake faults, according to experts. Read More
Plans to use an array of powerful air cannons in an undersea seismic study near a Central California nuclear power plant have federal and state officials juggling concerns over marine life with public safety.
PG&E wants to use big air guns to emit strong sound waves into a large, near-shore area that includes parts of marine reserves to make three-dimensional maps of fault zones, some of which were discovered in 2008, near its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Read More
Operating a transit system in one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the country can be a perilous task. Knowing this, BART is taking no risks.
Working with UC Berkeley, the transit agency is the first in the nation to install an automated early warning earthquake system, which will provide BART with precious extra seconds to slow down or stop trains before a temblor hits the tracks. Read More
Overcrowded hospitals in northwest Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday as rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people. Read More
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake centered in the East Bay shook the Bay Area early this morning, followed by a second magnitude 2.0 quake about 30 minutes later, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The first quake was reported at 5:33 a.m. one mile southeast of East Richmond Heights with a depth of about 5.5 miles.A second quake was reported at 6:03 a.m. in around the same location. Read More
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
Well, not exactly.
In 2011, we saw earthquakes, tsunamis, a royal wedding, a continued stagnant economy and civil uprisings in the Middle East and at home. What can beat all that in 2012? Perhaps only the end of the world. Read More
A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico's western Guerrero state Saturday night, shaking buildings and causing some panic just over 100 miles away in the nation's capital. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Read More
BART passengers are dealing with delays this morning due to an equipment problem that occurred at 6:37 a.m. on the tracks near the Bay Fair station, BART officials said. Read More
A 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered in Berkeley shook the Bay Area this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The quake was recorded at 5:36 a.m. 2 miles east of Berkeley with a depth of about 6 miles, according to the USGS.The temblor was felt in Berkeley, Alameda and throughout San Francisco.“It was kind of a strong jolt,” an employee at Au Coquelet Cafe Restaurant in downtown Berkeley said minutes after the quake. Read More