A Lesson to be Learned from Fukushima

Apr 3, 2017

The flaws that were disastrously exposed at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant were enabled by that county’s compliant culture, says an internationally recognized physicist. And he believes that holds a lesson for Americans.

The cultural compliancy of the Japanese people may have contributed to the attitudes that enabled the Fuukushima disaster to happen, but Dr. Ohska  says they are now being further tested by the official statements that have come after the nuclear accident.

Making the Case for Earthquake Insurance

Oct 26, 2016

Notwithstanding the earthquake that struck downtown Napa a little more than 2 years ago, our state as a whole has been enjoying an overall lull in significant seismic activity. So the California Earthquake Authority is intensifying its calls for homeowners to take protective steps.

The DIY Earthquake Insurance Premium calculator is on the California Earthquake Authority website here. Watch the video below for additional tips on home earthquake safety.

Living with Faults in the North Bay

Mar 22, 2016

For thousands of years, present-day Sonoma County has straddled some major fault lines. In 1906, that resulted in a historic earthquake, which caused more damage in Santa Rosa than San Francisco. So, 110 years later, how much better prepared are we?

Exploring Sonoma County’s Varied Geology

Aug 9, 2015

From deep underground to right out in the open, Sonoma County’s geologic heritage is varied and fascinating. A special series of hikes next weekend offers close-up looks at some highlights, with explanations from a knowledgeable guide.

Another aspect of Sonoma County's recent geologic history--one that won't be featured in Melosh's transect hikes--is the mining that was active year in decades past. Evidence of that, especially for mercury, remains plentiful, but may be hazardous.

Napa Rebounds From August Earthquake

Dec 10, 2014

 In less than five months, Napa has largely rebounded from the sizable earthquake that shook the area last August, even as the total damages have climbed to more than $550 million.

  Napa City Manager Mike Parness says he is pleased with the way their emergency planning helped the community respond to and cope with the 6.0 earthquake. But planning for a disaster, and actually experiencing one are two different things, so there are lessons to be drawn from what actually happened. One of them involved dealing with debris.


Officicals Review Performance During Napa Earthquake

Oct 9, 2014
Jim Heaphy

At a meeting this week of the Seismic Safety Commission, a state and local officials gathered this week to compare lessons after the South Napa Quake. 

Of the counties represented Napa was undeniably the hardest hit. There were nearly 300 injuries countywide, one fatality. About 150 buildings were red tagged, meaning they were not fit for occupancy, and more than 1,000 were yellow tagged, meaning that they needed repairs. The damage is currently estimated at more than $300 million. 

Last week California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires the state develop an earthquake early warning system. Proponents of the system say it would save lives and avoid millions in damage during the next big quake. But as KRCB reports, no one yet knows how the system will be paid for.

Are You Ready for the Next Quake?

Aug 27, 2014

  There’s nothing quite like a near-miss emergency to remind us to review our own level of readiness if another earthquake were to strike even closer to home—or stronger. Today, we get a quick check on what basic preparedness steps we should be taking.

Remembering Fukushima, 3 years on

Mar 12, 2014

Three years ago today, the largest earthquake in Japanese history sent massive shock waves through the countries East coast. The 9.0 quake caused a massive tsunami and catastrophic meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant…. the effects of which are still being felt. On today’s North Bay Report we visit a local ceremony to send prayers and well wishes to victims in Japan. 

Debunking Fracking

Oct 1, 2013

Fracking is not the fossil fuel panacea the oil industry paints it as, says skeptic and peak oil analyst Richard Heinberg. He calls those claims “Snake Oil.”

Forecasting Earthquakes Before they Hit

Jun 6, 2013