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  • December 9, 2016  

    In the wake of Oakland’s fatal Ghost Ship warehouse fire, cities across the country are cracking down on safety at similar “live-work​” ​spaces; Baltimore artist Que Pequeño was abruptly evicted this week from a building known as Bell Foundry. While the regulations are intended to protect residents, these spaces are often the only places low-income residents can afford. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • December 4, 2016  

    Emergency responders on Sunday were still searching through the carcass of a burnt-out warehouse in Oakland for bodies after it caught fire during a party over the weekend and killed at least 33 people. KQED reporter Devin Katayama joins Alison Stewart.
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  • August 26, 2016  

    Three days after the devastating earthquake in Italy, the death toll has climbed to 281. At this point, rescuers are not expecting to discover any survivors, says special correspondent Christopher Livesay, who is on the ground in hard-hit Amatrice. But people from all over Italy — and the world — have come to help. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Livesay about the recovery and plans to rebuild. Continue reading

  • April 11, 2011  

    The earthquake in Japan is prompting concerns about the ability of U.S. buildings to withstand a similar disaster. Special correspondent Anna Werner reports on the seismic safety risks in many California schools. Her report was jointly produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED. Continue reading

  • May 12, 2008   BY  

    There’s a saying among seismologists: “Earthquakes don’t kill people. Buildings do.”
    The powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked central China on Monday afternoon, killing upwards of 8,500 people, was a grim reminder of that common phrase. Continue reading