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Are California’s two nuclear power plants safe?

By Victoria Schlesinger

Southern California is home to the state’s two nuclear power plants, and events in Japan have highlighted concern over their safety. San Diego State University professor Murray Jennex worked at the San Onofre plant for 17 years and says it is built to withstand a 7.0 earthquake. Discussion of the two plants begins at...
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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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