December 5, 1998 |
A moderate earthquake jolted the San Francisco Bay Area about 4:16 a.m. Friday, waking people, setting off car alarms and toppling bottles from shelves, but causing no injuries or serious damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, on the north segment of the Hayward fault, hit a magnitude of 4.1. The epicenter was about four miles northwest of Berkeley and about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco. The last major quake on the Hayward fault was farther south near Fremont in 1868.
February 10, 1994 |
Farmers Insurance Group has paid a $100,000 fine to settle 8-month-old charges that it illegally failed to offer earthquake coverage to some people, the California Insurance Department announced Wednesday. The settlement follows an investigation that began after a consumer complained to the department that Farmers--the state's third-largest homeowners insurer--had failed to offer her quake insurance after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
June 22, 1990 |
Assembly Republicans, balking at a series of unrelated expenditures, blocked passage Thursday of a bill that state officials say is needed to resume funding medical treatment for the poor and paying refunds to Californians who qualify for the renter's tax credit.
February 21, 1990 |
Under pressure from local governments, agencies and fund raisers, the Red Cross announced it will spend all of a $52.5-million fund on earthquake relief in Northern California. The money comes from unusually generous donations to a relief fund for victims of October's Northern California earthquake. While $52.5 million is far more than the Red Cross had planned to spend on helping quake victims, the statement said all the money will now be spent as intended by the donors.
February 17, 1990 |
The state Assembly defeated a measure Friday that would have allowed voters to approve a $300-million bond issue to upgrade public buildings to meet earthquake safety standards. The lawmakers, meanwhile, increased the amount of money that they want to be included in a bond measure for school construction to $1.2 billion from $800 million. Both actions contradict what Republican Gov.
February 5, 1990 |
The California Arts Council is planning a statewide fund-raising campaign to aid Bay Area artists and arts organizations devastated by the Oct. 17 earthquake, the agency's executive director said late last week. Replete with celebrity pitchmen, an 800 phone number for pledges and donation envelopes that will drop from programs into theatergoers' laps, the campaign aims to raise $550,000 needed by the San Francisco Arts Recovery Fund to qualify for a federal matching grant, said Robert H.
April 7, 1990 |
A series of minor to moderate earthquakes shook widely separated areas of California from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Coachella Valley in a five-hour period Friday but caused no significant damage or injury, authorities reported. Some of the temblors in the magnitude-3 range shook a large part of the Bay Area but were felt only as a small jolt before the start of the Bay Bridge baseball series in Candlestick Park. They were eerily reminiscent of the much larger 7.1 quake that struck Oct.
April 17, 1990 |
San Francisco supervisors gave conditional approval to Mayor Art Agnos' plan to demolish the earthquake-damaged Embarcadero Freeway and replace it with a partially subterranean six-lane expressway. The 11-member board gave the mayor until Aug. 1 to address community concerns about the feasibility of such factors as federal financing of the $120-million expressway and traffic management during the four-year construction phase.
April 17, 1990 |
The legislative aftershock that followed last fall's Northern California earthquake has subsided, and in the calm, seismic politics are shifting back to business as usual. The spotlight is gone now. Six months after the event, television cameras no longer focus on every politician who utters the word "earthquake." And the task of preparing the state for the "Big One" has returned to the unglamorous trenches.