Mon March 16, 2015

Daily news roundup for Monday, March 16, 2015

Pacific Gas & Electric's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo County. (Michael Mariant / Associated Press)

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant safe in earthquakes, PG&E says in report // LA Times

"California’s last remaining nuclear power plant can safely withstand earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding, according to documents submitted by the owner of the Diablo Canyon plant to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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Thu March 12, 2015

Daily news roundup for Thursday, March 12, 2015

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson reads a book about California to a room of third-graders at Morello Park Elementary School in Martinez on March 1, 2013.
Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group


Wed November 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Big One: Interview with Evren Odcikin & Deborah Eliezer

Deborah Eliezer as Aurora in "Faulted," a new play about the Big One.
Bilha Sperling

The new play Faulted follows one character’s prediction of the next big California earthquake, and her struggle to convince everyone else before it’s too late.

KALW's Julie Caine spoke to Evren Odcikin, the play's director, and Deborah Eliezer, who plays the lead role of "Aurora" in the show, about what it means to face one of our biggest collective fears.

The show opens November 14. Click here for more information.

To hear the full interview, click on the audio player above.

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Thu September 18, 2014

What could collapse the Golden Gate Bridge?

The Golden Gate Bridge, standing strong.
Isabel Angell

Throughout film history, the Golden Gate Bridge has been leveled in earthquakes, ripped apart by apes, melted, and even bitten in half by a mega-shark.

But how would the iconic span fare in more realistic disaster scenarios? We're going to take a close look at three very real situations – overcrowding, a tsunami, and an earthquake – and find out if those disasters could bring down the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hassan Astaneh is a professor of structural engineering and bridge engineering at UC Berkeley.

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Mon August 25, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Napa community comes together to rebuild after earthquake

Downtown Napa after a 6.0 earthquake hit early Sunday morning
Leila Day

Yesterday’s 6.0 earthquake, reportedly originating along the the West Napa Fault, was felt across the Bay Area, but most of the damage was in Napa, Vallejo and the surrounding areas. 

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