Posts Tagged ‘loma prieta’

Well, Check Out This New Video from the New York Times: “On Shaky Ground” – 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Check it:

Thursday 10/17 marks the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake in northern California.

NYTimes.com and Retro Report teamed up to create this documentary-style video of the 1989 earthquake that shook San Francisco and sent out a wake-up call that continues to echo across the country.

Retro Report looks back at the major stories that shaped the world using fresh interviews, analysis and compelling archival footage.

Certainly, it’s well-produced:

Here’s What Our Massive “Left Coast Lifter” Barge Crane is Doing These Days: Nothing – Soon, Off to NYC?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Could be:

“The massive crane is expected to be used during construction of the New Tappan Zee Bridge, a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River in New York State by Tappan Zee Constructors, a consortium of companies that includes American Bridge Company.”

As she appeared last week:

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When Your Massive Building Needs Flying Buttresses to Stand Up: St. Dominic’s Church in the Western Addition on Bush

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

I’ll tell you, when I first saw these ugly flying buttresses holding up St. Dominic’s Church at 2390 Bush, I thought they were remedial, you know, like an add-on to a building in danger of falling down.

Then later on I saw images of other old-school buildings what had flying buttresses as original equipment, so then I thought, no, I was wrong, that’s just how this massive building on Bush was constructed.

But just today, I discovered that the nine concrete buttresses holding up St Dom’s are, in fact, add-ons, from back in the 1990′s, after the Loma Prieta. (Thanks, Wiki. You’re so smart!)

I still think that these things are seriously ugly, oh well.

But check it, the church has a five star average from 44 Yelpers, so this congregation must be doing something right, huh?

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Keep on keeping on, St. Dominic’s!

Family Portrait: Old Bridge, Old Bridge, New Bridge – America Still Laughing at Us – “Mike (Still) Sucks Big Titties”

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Let’s see here, can you spot the PG&E Tower of our Golden Gate Bridge in the lower left? Good, now check out vertical elements of our old and new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridges.

Not much has changed with the poorly-managed 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake-related fix-up job that’s due to finish up sometime this decade, so there’s no reason to think that America isn’t still laughing at us.

Of course you should try to not to stare at the new ornamental tower when you are cruising by on the temporary S-curve. Safety First, right? Anyway, it’s a little higher now. See?

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And, of course, Mike still sucks big titties.

That’s your Bay Bridge update for 2011.

The Good and the Bad of 60 Minutes’ Big Story About the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

Monday, April 26th, 2010

60 Minutes just aired its big been-two-decades-after-Loma-Prieta-so-why-isn’t-the-Bay-Bridge-fixed-yet bit. It was mostly good, but let’s start with the bad:

“But they may not know their most important lifeline to the outside world is also one the weakest: the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco to Oakland.”

The Bay Bridge isn’t a “lifeline to the outside world,” of course.

Then there’s this:

 “In 2004, Caltrans finished replacing half a million rivets with bolts and added 17 million tons of extra steel.”

Really, 34 billion pounds of steel? Isn’t that a lot? Wouldn’t that weigh more than every person in the western U.S.? Yes. How about 17 million pounds instead? (That’s a screaming error of more than three orders of magnitude. Journalists, when throwing about large numbers, try not to exceed three orders of magnitude. Of course, you should feel free to continue substituting million for billion and vice versa, I mean, they’re both big – they’re practically the same thing, right? Moving on…)

Now, speaking of bad, what about the workers who seem to have all the time in the world to spend tagging our cracked bridge instead of finding more cracks?

via CalTrans, actually

But hey, what about the good?

Well, there’s this:

“But the decision to build an architectural icon didn’t end problems – it started new ones. The most bizarre was with the U.S. Navy. In 1998, it refused to let Caltrans onto Yerba Buena Island to finish its engineering work. The Navy’s issue was whether the Bridge would overshadow the one-time home of Admiral Chester Nimitz, a hero of World War II.”

Did not know that. I knew there were some kinds of probs but I didn’t know that this was one of them. Bad form, U.S. Navy. Do you think old Ches cares about building shadows? I don’t. 

And then there’s this:

“But for those who would say, ‘How dare you take that risk with the lives of people who live in this community,’ you say what?” Pitts asked.

Of course the interviewer didn’t get an answer, but thanks for asking.

Our tough old Bay Bridge has handled stuff like container ship and military jet crashes over the years. Let’s hope it can survive state, federal, and local government mismanagement for just a little longer.

Hold on, Bay Bridge. Hold on.

San Francisco to Test Sirens at 10:15 AM on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

This is a test. Only a test.

Normally, you’d only hear these sirens on Tuesdays at noon. There’s no need for alarm.

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CITYWIDE SIRENS TO SOUND AS PART OF EARTHQUAKE DRILL
What: The City’s Outdoor Public Warning System Sirens will be activated as part of the statewide Drop, Cover and Hold earthquake drill on October 15, 2009 at 10:15 am.  The sirens will be sounded, followed by a voice message indicating that it is a test.  This is the first time the City is utilizing the system citywide at a time other than the regular Tuesday noon weekly test.

San Francisco residents and visitors should not be alarmed by the fact that the sirens are sounding at a time other than the regular Tuesday test.

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

Where: 92 locations citywide

Why:  The City is participating in the Great California ShakeOut, the statewide earthquake drill.  To date, more than 280,000 people in San Francisco have registered to participate in the drill, and more than 6.4 million have registered statewide.  For more information, please go to
www.shakeout.org/sanfrancisco.

“Big Rumble” Resource Fairs Will Be All Over San Francisco this October 17th

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Can you hazard a guess as to why?

Here are all the deets:

THE BIG RUMBLE – SAN FRANCISCO
20th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Big Rumble commemorates this anniversary with a week-long series of special events designed to connect our communities with preparedness resources.

Join us in October for The Big Rumble, as we come together as a community to learn more about how we can be better prepared for all types of emergencies. Events will include entertainment, activities for kids, free giveaways, and valuable preparedness information.

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Venues and Entertainment

Bayview| Joseph Lee Recreation Center | Oakdale Ave and 3rd St.

Sila:  Kenyan Afro-Funk band led by Victor Sila

The Congress: Neo-jazz project led by producer/trumpeter Marcus Cohen

Breakdancing Performance by Acrosports All-City Team 

Marina| West Side of the Marina Green| Between Scott ST. and Avilla

Gaucho: San Francisco based Gypsy Jazz Sextet.

Kally Price: Local Jazz and Blues vocalist 
Devine’s Jug Band: San Francisco’s favorite Jug Band.   
Sony Holland Duo: Bay Area Jazz vocalist 

Mission| Parque Ninos Unidos| 23rd and Folsom. 

My First Earthquake.  San Francisco Electro-pop dance group 
Locura Trio.  San Francisco Based Flamenco rock group 
Aceituno Arts Capoeria Exhibition. Capoeira Exhibition by student owned Martial Arts Studio

Family Style:  Jazz and Funk Ensemble

Sunset | 20th Ave. and Irving St.

The Slayers Club:  Local DJ collective 
US Wing Chun:  International Martial Arts Studio

West Sunset ReConnect Steel Pan Drummers and Dance Ensemble

Know Your Giant Floating Cranes – The Bay Bridge’s Left Coast Lifter Up Close

Monday, June 8th, 2009

SF Citizen’s CitizenShip One was able to get up after the winds died down this past weekend, so enjoy a close-up view of the business end of the largest crane to ever hit the West Coast, the best coast. Maybe this bad boy will put and end to the delays and help get the eastern span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge finished on (the revised, revised) schedule.

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The Left Coast Lifter is painted red white and blue reflecting the fact that it’s straight out of Shanghai, China.  It can lift about 2000 tons (American short tons, the best kind).

Keep up the good work, LCL.