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California TV Stations Examine Fault Line

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Posted on 10/17/2019

ABC-owned KGO San Francisco and Hearst’s dual NBC-ABC affiliate KSBW Salinas aired special programs on October 17 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake killed 63 people, caused billions in damage, and altered California’s coastline.

KGO’s commercial-free documentary, “The Earthquake Effect,” featured a never-before-seen aerial view of the entire Hayward Fault using exclusive mapping technology. Experts discussed the impact that a similar earthquake would have today and urged viewers to be prepared.

KSBW’s special newscast, “Loma Prieta: 30 Years Later,” featured seldom-seen footage from that day, including video of KSBW’s live coverage. It also included new interviews from survivors and the stories of first responders.

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