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Posted inCity, Crime & Safety, Events, Nature, Schools

Cal prof Joshua Bloom makes earthquake alert kit for $110

When the Napa earthquake struck on Aug. 24, Joshua Bloom had a 5-second warning. That’s because the UC Berkeley astronomy professor likes to tinker. It was when Bloom was a beta tester in the prototype ShakeAlert system being developed by a consortium of seismological researchers (including UC Berkeley), that he came up with an idea. “I thought it […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety, Nature, Video

Sunday’s quake: UC Berkeley scientists gave 10-second warning; a wake-up call for emergency preparedness

Unbeknownst to some, the magnitude 6 Napa County earthquake that woke many people up in Berkeley at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday morning was “predicted” by scientists in our very city with a 10-second warning about the trembler. The alert was issued by the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory’s ShakeAlert earthquake early-warning project. The demonstration warning system provided 10 […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety, Nature

Magnitude 6 earthquake rattles Berkeley in early hours

A magnitude 6 earthquake shook many people awake in Berkeley at 03:20:44 a.m. on Sunday Aug. 24. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the shaker was 4 miles north-west of  American Canyon, California, and registered a depth of 6.7 miles. American Canyon is north of Vallejo and about 28 miles north of Berkeley. People took […]

Posted inNature

Berkeley computer mistakenly reports Napa quake

The U.S. Geological Survey says a computer at its Berkeley station erroneously concluded a a magnitude 5 earthquake occurred in Napa (above). Richard Buckmaster, a geophysicist at the agency’s National Earthquake Reporting Center, says officials are trying to determine why the computer generated the “dubious or erroneous” alert Friday, according to an Associated Press report. Such […]