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Napa Quake Reminds San Diego To Be Prepared

Evening Edition

Aired 8/26/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Napa Quake Reminds San Diego To Be Prepared

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Kim Olsen, San Diego State University geological sciences professor who specializes in computer simulations of earthquakes.

Mehdie Shadyab, senior structural engineer with city of San Diego's Development Services Department

The pictures from the Napa earthquake are disturbing.

Old downtown buildings with their walls in rubble, scattered and broken casks of wine, and household items destroyed.

Several hundred people suffered some kind of injury in the quake, three were seriously injured.

Officials now estimate the economic damage to the area could reach $1 billion.

Earthquakes anywhere in California can make us all jittery.

KPBS Midday Edition speaks to Kim Olsen, a San Diego State University professor in geological sciences who specializes in computer simulations of earthquakes, and Mehdie Shadyab, a senior structural engineer with the city of San Diego's Development Services Department, to assess how San Diego would handle a large earthquake.

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Computer Simulation Of Impact Of 8.0 Earthquake On Southern California

Above: This is a computer simulation showing the best estimate of what wave propagation and ground shaking may look like in the event of an 8.0 earthquake along the San Andreas fault in Southern California.

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