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california is preparing for next big one. thank for joining us. i'm kris sanchez in for laura garcia. >> i'm marcus washington. october 17th, 1989. where were you. many will remember when the earthquake struck and killed more than 60 people. a 6.9 quake that moved across
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the entire bay area in mere seconds. >> as the bay area reflects on the past we are looking forward toward being prepared for future earthquakes. just a few moments at uc berkeley a launch of the my shake app gets under way. here's what people will hear on their phones when that app goes off. >> earthquake, drop, cover, hold on, shaking expected. >> it won't predict an earthquake but it can provide people with critical seconds to get to safety. the system was years in the making and feeds off a statewide network of seismic detectors designed to trigger the warnings. >> when the loma prieta earthquake on everyone's minds events are taking place across the bay area to get folks prepared for the next big one. >> pete suratos is live in san francisco with some of the details there. good morning, pete. >> good morning to you. a number of events taking place right here in san francisco including the great california shakeout. i want to show you video within
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the past half hour happening here in san francisco. you see mayor london breed joining students at rosa parks elementary practicing how to drop, cover and hold on. of course that drill would be used in the events of an earthquake. now there are millions of folks across the state that took part in the drill that happened at 10:17 a.m. earlier this morning i got a chance to step into an earthquake simulator over there at civic center plaza in san francisco to practice this drill. the executive director with the department of emergency management in san francisco explained the drill to me while we stood in an earthquake simulator which simulated a 7.0 earthquake. now while some folks may be tempted to run outside when an earthquake hits the director explained that's not a good idea. >> one of the main ways people are going to be injured in an earthquake is not from a building collapsing, but from things falling down and striking a person and so protecting yourself during the shaking is the most important thing.
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>> valuable advice there, guys. that earthquake early warning system as you mentioned is being rolled out statewide today. now the app won't predict -- predict the earthquake but will provide people with time to get to safety. san francisco will test out its wireless emergency alert system later today that will take place at 5:15 p.m. we're live in san francisco, pete suratos, nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much, pete. >> one of the most devastating disasters of the loma prieta earthquake was a collapse of the cypress structure. ♪ 42 people died. >> today oakland is taking time to remember the lives lost there. nbc bay area is live with how they're paying tribute. good morning, roz. >> good morning. within the hour oakland's mayor, fire chief, police chief and other city officials were here at the cypress freeway memorial
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park at 14th and mandela parkway here to remember those who died and also to honor those who were the first responders and the rescuers. as you remember that cypress freeway was a double-decker freeway that collapsed when the loma prieta quake struck 30 years ago today. it was rush hour and trapped drivers in their cars. 42 of them perished. many more were injured. one of the first responders on the scene described some of the chaos that rescuers worked through crawling around on their hands and knees in the smoke, barely able to see trying to get to who they could and he spoke about the dozens of untrained volunteers who also pitched in to help save lives. everyone who was here during the quake, including the city's mayor says it is something they will never forget. >> i will never forget the shock of getting home to my apartment with every window shattered and a crack in the wall so big i could see lake merritt through it. as news rolled in of the
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devastating lossf life, the fact that right here where we are standing 42 people perished. >> reporter: now the mayor says she didn't want to just make this an opportunity to look back on what happened, but also to look forward. she wanted to remind folks to get prepared, have an emergency plan, take advantage of all the city's resources so they are prepared for the next time a big one strikes. we're live in oakland, roz opera, nbc bay area news. >> a 4.7 quake hit east of hollister on tuesday. this happened around 8:00 this morning. you might remember that tuesday's quake sent one hollister shop owner running from her liquor store, worried about bottles falling from the shelves which she says didn't happen after all, though, it's surprising it didn't. no reports of damage. breaking news for you right
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now, vice president mike pence says united states and turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in syria. pence says that there will be a pause in military operations for 120 hours. it will allow the u.s. ally and syrian and kurds to withdraw. turkey launched the offensive a week ago after president trump announced he would withdraw u.s. forces from the syrian border earlier this month. we want to take a look outside with the weather today it has been one of those days. beautiful as it looks right now, i was walking outside earlier today, cars were covered with sprinkles. >> just washed mine on sunday. >> got another washing. it's dry now. >> that rain this morning was enough to make the car look super dirty. if you didn't wipe it off when it was wet probably not going to be a good deal for you. we have sunshine, temperatures cool in sunol as we go through
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the day we're going to see our temperatures starting to warm up. live look in san jose, mostly sunny skies. will willow glen in the upper 60s. stay in the upper 60s until about 6:00 and cool off as the winds pick up. highs in the low 70s downtown, 74 degrees in concord. in napa expect a high of 75 while oakland will reach the upper 60s and san francisco stays in the mid 60s. we'll talk about what's ahead for the rest of the week and weekend coming up in few minutes. >> thank you. new details about a standoff that ended with police shooting a suspect right in front of our nbc bay area station in san jose. new video showing 33-year-old mark moresky and a passenger driving on the wrong side of the freeway. he then carjacked a ups driver's truck and threatened him with a shotgun forcing him to drive. they were surrounded after that chase on north first street and tremble. the video also showing morensky
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trying to escape armed with a shotgun towards police. he was shot once and died. the district attorney says the san jose officer was within the law firing his weapon. today the santa clara county workers strike is entering day nine. it is new video on your screen here showing employees picketing outside valley medical center. two weeks ago now the union launched a rolling strike and the county says it's laying out what is its last and best and final contract offer. the proposal includes the same wage offer of previous ploep proposals, plus additional salary increases for certain workers. no word on when the 12,000 union members will vote on the proposal but if a deal cannot be reached, it is likely the stalemate will go to mediation. >> this morning mark zuckerberg spoke at georgetown university in what facebook insiders billed as a major address. >> as scott mcgrew has been
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watching, the facebook founder rarely makes this kind of speech. >> that's right. he's done product launches and congressional testimony this is rare. facebook insiders telling us he wanted to address people unfiltered. this morning talking about free speech. >> we're at another crossroads. we can either continue to stand for freeexpression, understanding its messiness, but believing that the long journey towards greater progress requires confronting, or the cost is simply too great. i'm here today because i believe that we must continue to stand for free expression. >> very long speech. more than an hour. zuckerberg walked his audience through detailed pros and cons of allowing speech on facebook frompeeceoplon't like to hate speech to calls for violence. some allowed, some not. he pointed out facebook now spend more money secury monitoring posts than the
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company was worth when it first went public. now zuckeerg was b on capitol hill yesterday not testifying but meeting in ive with lawmakers ahead of some testimony to com later. he's faced criticirom both sides of the aisle. anbably more importantly, facing real challenges from the trump administration, the ftc and the justice department in particular. sidthe frontrunner in the elizabeth warren, says facebook should be broken up. marcus, the whole speech is available on facebook live without our filter of just choosing one sound bite. it's worth watching. you are watching zuckerberg almost walk himself through the ideas of what is and is not protected speech. like he's thinking it through in real time. >> thank you, scott. well, u.s. representative elijah cumming sasdied. he was serving his fifth term in e hse becoming the chair of a house oversight committee in january. cummings, 68 years old. a statement issued by staff only
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saying his death was tied to long-standing health challenges. this morning flagsver the u.s. capitol and white house were lowered in honor of the late congressman. senator -- senate majority -- minority leader chuck schumer and cummings had said that he had a rare combination of being strong and kind. >> he was revered by maryland. no matter you were liberal or conservative, a democrat or a republican, black or white, you went to elijah cummings for advice and for guidance. it's a huge, huge loss. >> cummings represented baltimore. this is where i once worked. i wanted to share that personal story from that picture, the day after the riots in 2015 and cummings wanted to get the word out to tell people to stop rioting. he lived through the 1968 riots in baltimore after dr. martin luther king's death and he did not want to see a repeat of what happened then. many of those buildings were still abandoned from 1968 to
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that moment but he cared so much about baltimore. baltimore native and he worked until his final days for the people who lived and worked in that city. he was well represented and he will be missed. >> a lot of remembrances will continue today. thank you for that memory. today is the 30th anniversary of the loma prieta earthquake as we've mentioned. many people wonder whether or not they will be safe when the big one strikes. new tests have uncovered concerns about hundreds of buildings on university campuses across the state. we investigate whether students and professors are safe. coming up after nbc bay area news at 11:00, california, live followed by access daily and then days of our lives at 1:00.
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kari h welcome back. right now you are looking live at governor gavin newsom as he gives a press conference on the statewide shake alert app. let's take a listen to that for
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just a moment. >> to make sure we shut off, in peril of saying this, transmission line in anticipation. i know you'll probably run with that, so i know that i walked into it, but it is one of the benefits of this system that the utilities are connected to this system and in an earthquake that could prevent a lot of lives and property damage from occurring. i want to close by thanking senator hill for his leadership in this effort. we would not have been here without him. his stubbornness to make sure that not just this governor but previous governors are supportive. some $46 million has been put into this program to date. operationalizes at $17 million a year. i was privileged to have the support of the senator and others and assemblyman holden
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among other champions of the program of $16.3 million in this year's budget to get this over the top so we can make this announcement. >> gavin newsom talking about the statewide shake alert app. will alert people before they feel the shaking of the earthquake. this could be the difference between life and death. a big deal statewide in california. >> i just downloaded the app on my personal phone and work phone so we'll have to see how that plays out when there is an earthquake. couple seconds give you time to at least get down and cover your head and protect yourself a little bit. 30 years after the loma prieta quake, new building standards in the bay area have increased safety. that's why we haven't seen a lot of buildings collapse, but we've learned that dozens of buildings at public universities around the state don't meet those particular standards. >> senior investigator stephen stock has been dig fog the new records for months now.
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here's a look at what he uncovered. >> this is video showing what can happen when a structure is subjected to forces from a real earthquake. results from recent tests like this one in the last decade have prompted administrators at the cal state system and the uc system to rethink whether they need to fix or even replace some of their buildings on campus. we dug through those recent university records and found nearly 600 buildings on 17 different campuses across the state that engineers now say could put students and faculty in danger during the next big earthquake. you're watching a computer simulation of the real stresses an actual earthquake puts on various buildings. >> this is a side view. >> reporter: simulations like these help engineers better predict whether buildings that some initially thought were safe, are, in fact, able to withstand a real earthquake. >> we're kind of understanding what the faults are capable of,
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how much energy they're releasing. >> reporter: civil engineer david moore owns moore structural design hired by uc berkeley to assess its campus. moore says earthquakes like loma prieta here in the north ridge quake in 1994 have helped engineers statewide understand how to construct more resilient buildings. >> actually have to transform, dissipate energy, remain stable. >> reporter: moore says those earthquakes revealed which buildings are not up to the challenge. that's why officials at cal state east bay demolished this old warren hall in 2013, considered the most unsafe building in the entire csu system this tower which once held the president's office is now a parking lot. we wanted to know exactly how many of these problematic buildings are still standing in the university system. so we teamed up with our fellow nbc investigative teams in l.a. and san diego to request seismic safety inspections for every public university. the records we've obtained so
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far show 591 structures pose a serious risk during an earthquake and need to be retrofitted or replaced. >> it's a structure a lot of people don't realize they're in. >> reporter: at san francisco state nine different buildings most located on the tiburon campus are listed as most problematic or priority one, needing to be replaced soon. another nine sf state buildings are listed as priority two, and should also be replaced. >> every campus has a similar set of priorities. >> reporter: the university spokesman barry schiller says the campus knows firsthand how destructive an earthquake can be. after loma prieta school owe fish were forced to red tag and implode this student dorm. >> what's being done to fix the nine buildings? >> most of them were red tagged a couple years ago and are now not in use. some of them are going to be retrofitted. many of them probably will not. they will be demolished and eventually replaced. >> are people in danger? those are buildings that are highly occupied.
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it's on the second list but are eyn danger in the event of an earthquake. >> going back to the seismic review process, retrofitting was done on those buildings, the seismic committee reviewed the work, deemed the buildings all inhabitable, but there is still more work to be done and will be done once funding is freed up. >> reporter: the csu system lists 65 buildings statewide that need to be secured or demolished. but the vast majority of college buildings that fail to make the grade are on uc campuses according to the data we obtained. the uc system is currently in the midst of a two-year process to inspect every structure on all nine campuses. >> it's a big problem, needs to be addressed. >> reporter: 68 of the highest risk buildings at berkeley, another 69 at uc davis that include fire and police headquarter, research centers, major classroom buildings, a medical center, even a lab
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handling radioactive nuclear material. >> you're looking at the buildings that may be problematic based on prior knowledge. >> yes, yes. they're being tested harder than say we thought, you know, say ten years ago. >> how big a risk are some of these buildings? >> it's a really great question. the safety standards are really high. they're worried about the extreme rare gigantic earthquakes. you think of 1906 happening again. this isn't loma prieta. this isn't even north ridge. people are being good about doing something while we have time. it's like don't panic, but don't delay. >> officials for the statewide university of california systems president's office refused to answer our questions on camera but they did send a statement that reads in part, quote, university of california believes it is important to proactively upgrade its buildings. the university is seeking to exceed current state requirements and, quote, the university is exploring sources
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of funding to help including a bond put to the voters in march of 2020 to help pay for all the needed retrofits. a price tag that experts tell me could rise into the billions of dollars. we'll stay on this story. i'm stephen stock, nbc bay area news. well, one thing we have been talking about a lot this week are those inchearthquakes. we've been feeling them. i've been covering them and exchange when the earthquakes start to shake. >> we've only seen a few minor aftershocks this morning. when it's all calm, the time to prepare as we enjoy some sunshine. behind that system that moved through this morning. looking at san francisco and then head over towards the east bay, live in walnut creek, where we are right now in the mid 60s. but if you can believe it we're warmer compared to yesterday at this time thanks to the sunshine even though the cold front has passed in napa we're ten degrees warmer than yesterday.
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so we are going to have a nice comfortable afternoon heading into the mid 60s for san francisco, upper 60s for oakland. napa will reach about 75 degrees, livermore and san jose reaching 71. let's take a look at what's happening as we widen out the view. we see the satellite imagery and the front that's just now passed to the south and east. we're also tracking a little bit of rain that moved across parts of the sierra. there was even some high elevation snow, a very light dusting. this is a live look in squall valley as we are seeing a little bit of snow up there on the mountains with our temperatures now in the lower 50s. we'll see the system moving on off towards the east going into the weekend. we'll have another one right behind that will bring in a slight chance early on saturday mainly for the north bay. after that, we do start to see high pressure building and that's going to change our weather once again. we'll start to warm up. we'll have a north early wind and it's also going to cause our temperatures to go up as we go
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into the early part of next week. we do have a lot of changes ahead as we satart to see our warmer weather moving in. as we go through the forecast expect our highs only to reach into the upper 60s and low 70s and then we're going through the next seven days, seeing some highs reaching into the mid 80s going into next week. our inland forecast today, 74 degrees and then upper 70s by sunday. mid 80s in the forecast by next tuesday. while san francisco will be in the mid 60s. look at the low 70s and sunshine next week. >> thanks, kari. >> a massive teacher strike in the country's third largest city. more than 25,000 teachers and staff members walked off the job in the chicago public schools. this is the union's second strike in seven years. the two sides are fighting over class sizes, staffing shortages, housing, and student safety. school activities were canceled in advance of the strike. we're back after the break.
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the number one recommended brand in north america. we want to get a look at the fore. there was a little bit of rain. >> a cold front coming through and we'll be watching out for a slight chance in the north bay early on saturday. other than that it looks pretty nice and if you want the warmer weather you have that too next week. >> pleasant all around. >> i like it. >> all right. thanks so much for joining us.
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our next newscast is tonight at 5:00. >> all right. we'll see you back here tomorrow morning starting at 4:30 for "today in the bay" and always on at nbcbayarea.com. have a great one.
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