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A new study has shown that many buildings in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and in the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) are more earthquake-prone than anticipated.

According to federal engineers, Disneyland may be in danger as a local dam could fail if an intense rainfall occurs.

According to a new study, a large amount of money that will range between $34 billion and $143 billion will be invested to improve seismic response of hospital structures in California.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation have decided to implement safety works at Boca Dam in California that will meliorate its performance during potentially big earthquakes.

Archaeologists have found a buried military facility beneath the prison yard of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which is now controlled by the National Park Service.

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A new 3D cementitious panel is introduced as a material that could protect houses from natural disasters.

Elon Musk, frustrated by LA’s heavy traffic, has proposed to create tunnels for an underground transportation system. And his newly established Boring Company, is exploring ways to cut down tunneling costs, in order to make his plan feasible. 

Hayward Baker, Inc. is pleased to announce staff promotions for several key staff members.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:06

Demolition of Old Bay Bridge

The first phase of the demolition process of the East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been completed. The project, with a final cost $63.7 million, started in November 2013 and finished the current month.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was completed in 2013, took 12 years to build and cost $6.4 billion. It is the largest and most ambitious public works project in California history, in large part because it is designed to withstand a massive earthquake. Since shortly before its completion, however, the bridge has been plagued with questions about its sturdiness.

Last week Caltrans revealed that 120 of the 400 galvanized steel rods that anchor the bridges tower to its foundation are in leaky sleeves flooded with saltwater.   This presents a key vulnerability in the event of a large earthquake.

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  • Date occured Friday, 12 June 2015
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