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Aerial view of connector ramp from Interstate 5 to Highway 14 in Southern California after the Northridge earthquake in 1994.

Leading Geophysicist Warns Californians Not Ready For Next Big Quake

Despite the many seismic improvements throughout Bay Area since Loma Prieta, one leading earthquake expert is urging more Californians to take out insurance that will protect against damage from a major quake.

02/13/2014

A soft-story residential building damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989. (ABAG)

About The Bay: The Hard Reality Of SF’s Soft-Story Buildings

Own a “soft story building” in San Francisco? Expect to be hearing from the City of San Francisco over the next few months.

06/03/2013

A view of the roadway on the new Bay Bridge eastern span. (CBS)

Expert Says More Than 600 Bay Bridge Rods Too Hard, Vulnerable To Cracking

An expert says that more than 600 high-strength rods and bolts used to secure seismic equipment on the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are harder than the typical levels and are vulnerable to cracking.

06/01/2013

Many Marina buildings, like this one at Jefferson and Divisadero, had to be destroyed. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Mayor Lee Signs New Earthquake Upgrade Requirement For SF Apartment Buildings

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation on Thursday—the 107th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire—that aims to make thousands of apartments in the city safer during the next large quake.

04/19/2013

Earthquake-damaged buildings in the Marina District of San Francisco, October 17, 1989. (Jonathan Nourok/AFP/Getty Images)

SF Supervisors Approve Legislation Requiring Retrofit Of Soft-Story Buildings

The legislation would require the seismic retrofit of soft-story buildings, with the hope of preventing the loss of thousands of apartments in a major earthquake.

04/03/2013

An inspection tag marking a structure as unsafe following the Loma Prieta Earthquake. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch Uncovers Flawed Bay Area Earthquake Retrofits

A lot of Bay Area homeowners who’ve paid handsomely to retrofit their homes are living with a false sense of security, according to seismic engineers and state and local agencies that study earthquake safety.

11/19/2012

San Francisco Public Library North Beach Branch (www.sfpl.org)

Suit Filed To Block San Francisco From Tearing Down North Beach Library

Opponents of the plan to build a new library in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood by demolishing the old one have sued to save a building on track for designation as an historic landmark.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–07/29/2011

Anderson Reservoir (Cal Fire)

Seismic Study Allows South Bay Dam To Hold More Water

The Anderson Reservoir near Morgan Hill has been forced to release thousands of gallons of water because the dam is an earthquake hazard, but a new seismic study is recommending capacity be increased.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–07/07/2011

Golden Gate Bridge

West Sidewalk On Golden Gate Bridge To Close For Retrofitting

The entire length of a Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk will close for several months starting Tuesday for a retrofitting construction project, bridge district officials said.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–05/30/2011

Doyle Drive (CBS)

Commuters Get Virtual Spin On New Doyle Drive

Commuters will be able to drive the new approach to the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco well before the project is completed in 2014.

KPIX 5–03/15/2011

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