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California officials say radiation “plume” from Japan won’t increase state’s levels above normal

By Alison Hawkes

California health and emergency officials said a “plume” of radiation coming from the Japanese nuclear crisis that’s expected to hit the West Coast as early as tomorrow will bring radiation levels to no higher than normal background levels. The officials from the California Department of Public Health and the California Emergency Management Agency said...
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Scientists disagree whether earthquakes occur in clusters and if California is next

By Victoria Schlesinger

California’s San Andreas fault is already overdue for a slip, and the triumvirate of consequential earthquakes along the Pacific Plate this year has some speculating the Golden State could be next. The recent earthquakes in Japan, Chile, and Christchurch, New Zealand all occurred along the Pacific Plate, which also falls beneath the West Coast...
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Little chance of radiation reaching Bay Area, officials say

By Victoria Schlesinger

As the world watches the catastrophe caused by a massive earthquake in Japan unfold, Bay residents are also worried that radiation from four debilitated nuclear plants could drift over the Pacific and impact the region. Officials maintain that such a risk is very small and while they are monitoring the situation, they’ve been given...
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A Japan update on KQED’s forum

By Victoria Schlesinger

KQED’s Forum will discuss the relief effort underway in Japan. Among the panel of guests are Brad Alexander, spokesman for the California Emergency Management Agency, and Ross Stein, geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. 
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Great list of ways to help in Japan

By Victoria Schlesinger

Oakland Local has compiled a list of local and national organizations providing relief funds to people in Japan effected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdowns. If you’re looking to help, check here.
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Health officials say radiation from Japan unlikely to be danger to U.S. West Coast

By Alison Hawkes

As conditions at nuclear reactors in Japan continue to deteriorate, one obvious question for we West Coaster is the potential danger for radioactive fallout to travel across the jet stream. So far, authorities are downgrading the potential that the West Coast of North America is in danger. A spokesman for the California Department of...
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Tsunami wave will hit Bay Area at 8 a.m.

By Victoria Schlesinger

A foot tall wave generated by an 8.9 earthquake in Japan is expected to hit the Bay Area coastline at around 8 a.m. this morning, according to Mayor Ed Lee. Coastal beaches in San Francisco are closed as is the Great Highway. Because the wave will arrive at low tide, no evacuation of low-lying...
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Storing CO2 underground could trigger earthquakes

By Victoria Schlesinger

Stashing carbon dioxide underground is a much-debated approach to combating rising greenhouse gas levels, and is being tested in California, but is often criticized for its hefty price tag. Now, there may be another fatal flaw in carbon capture and storage. A new paper by Stanford University geophysicist Mark Zoback says the process would...
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