Controlled Implosion Helps Scientists ID Fault Lines

2:38 PM, Aug 17, 2013   |    comments
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HAYWARD, CA - With a series of quick blasts and a cloud of dust a 13-story building on the Cal State-East Bay campus crashed to the ground Saturday morning as scientists monitored the impact on the nearby Hayward Fault.


The controlled implosion also attracted scores of gawkers eager to feel the magnitude 2.0 shockwaves scientists predicted would occur from 12,500 tons of crashing concrete and steel.


Warren Hall was built 2,000 feet from the Hayward Fault, one of the most dangerous in the country.


Scientists placed 600 monitors nearby hoping to trace any smaller faults that might exist.


The last major temblor on the Hayward Fault was in 1868. It runs under the University California, Berkeley, football stadium.









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