Some 54 school construction projects in The City and nearly 200 on the Peninsula are among more than 16,400 across California that lack state certification for earthquake and fire safety.
Over the past three years, about 23 percent of projects statewide have been completed but not certified by the state agency charged with ensuring the safety of school buildings, according to a scathing report published Thursday by California’s Bureau of State Audits. Read More
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 and 4 miles southeast of Berkeley. It had a depth of 4 miles, according to the USGS. Read More
Saturday started with a jolt for the East Bay and San Francisco, thanks to two small earthquakes shortly after midnight.
The first of the two, a 2.8 magnitude quake, came just minutes after midnight and was followed by a second shake, 2.5 magnitude, at 12:45 a.m., about 2 miles from Berkeley, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Both were aftershocks from Thursday afternoon’s 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Berkeley, said USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso. Read More
The last time a major earthquake struck The City, thousands of shocked residents instinctively flocked to the Ferry Building for guidance, but the venerable port institution had little information to offer them.In the event of the next major disaster in San Francisco, things will likely be much different. Read More
As sure as tornadoes erupt and waters rise, there’s another certainty for this disaster-plagued spring of 2011: It’s going to cost the U.S. government a lot of money, likely much more than Congress has budgeted so far. Read More
In the past few months, we have witnessed the unimaginable devastation caused by catastrophic earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan, and the destruction brought on by the ensuing tsunami has been overwhelming. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been impacted by this tragedy, which is an all too clear reminder of our region’s vulnerability and the need to continue preparations for the next major earthquake. Read More
Nearly a year after San Francisco started a voluntary program for property owners to retrofit their soft-story buildings — structures city building officials have identified as among the most likely to collapse during an earthquake — only 26 people have participated in it. That is compared to the average of 40 or so each year before the program started. Read More
After successfully predicting that an earthquake would hit somewhere in the Pacific Northwest in the past month, Jim Berkland is again forecasting another quake in the coming weeks.
The retired geologist, whose quake-predicting techniques have been dismissed by mainstream geologists, predicts a 3.5-6.5 magnitude shaker will hit within a 140-mile radius of East Bay peak Mount Diablo. Read More
Japan’s devastation following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake is another reminder San Francisco needs to do more before the next big one rocks The City.
But doing more often means spending more money, especially when it comes to retrofitting the thousands of “soft-story” buildings in San Francisco most vulnerable to collapsing during an earthquake. Read More
Fresh off of a 10-day training trip to London, the San Jose Earthquakes will begin their 2010 MLS schedule with a exhibition game against the Houston Dynamo today at Kezar Stadium at 7 p.m. Read More