Earthquakes: 60 Years Later

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  1. The quakes of '52 on 'Californian Radio'

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Monday, Jul 23 2012 10:50 PM

    Editorial Page Editor Robert Price will host a special edition of "Californian Radio" today with the entire hour devoted to the anniversary of the 1952 earthquakes that hit Tehachapi and Bakersfield.

    On this 60th anniversary year of the killer quakes, Californian staff writer Steven Mayer will be in the studio to discuss the stories he wrote for last weekend's editions of the paper. Mayer spoke to many people who lived through the quakes, to a leading seismologist and to architects who reflect on how the damage of the second quake forever changed the face of downtown Bakersfield.

    The show is live-streamed on the web at Video will appear on between 9 and 10 a.m.

  2. EARTHQUAKES OF 1952: A conversation with a Caltech seismologist

    Kate Hutton, staff seismologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, has been studying earthquakes and the science behind them for more than three decades. Seismologists, she said, can help estimate earthquake risk in...

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    EARTHQUAKES OF 1952: Quakes and attitudes changed Bakersfield's historic downtown

    When Stephen Montgomery walked the length of the Chester Avenue business district in downtown Bakersfield recently, he could see the old beneath the new, the history beneath the veneer, and sometimes beauty beneath the mundane....

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    EARTHQUAKES OF 1952: Locals share their memories

    The threat of atomic war was believed to be a clear and present danger to Americans in 1952. So when the earth itself heaved and shuddered and cracked open across Kern County that summer, many residents initially believed they were...

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