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watched as the loma prieta earthquake practically shut down the bay area. >> i understand that we're looking at of the damage to the bay bridge. an entire section of the bay bridge has been lost. >> the quake's epicenter was 70 miles from the bay bridge, all the way in the santa cruz mountains. >> really the ground zero. i got a handy camera that i attached to a light stand with gaffer tape and just kind of put it in the crack about efeet. >> the 6.9 magnitude earthquake killed 63 people. injured more than -- cost more than $6 billion in damage. scientists cannot yet predict the next earthquake. but at least now we have a bit of a warning for it. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. a new quake alert app launched today. if it were available 30 years ago, the marina district would have had 20 seconds warning. >> candlestick point would have
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had 15 seconds. santa cruz would have this no warning. >> laura anthony is live in pleasant hill. >> reporter: this is the epicenter of that of earthquake. it was 4.5. it's the threshold of that my shake app to send out an alert. >> this is a milestone. it's an important moment. >> governor newsom used this day. the 30th anniversary of the loma prieta earthquake to launch the my shake app designed to give californians a few seconds to prepare when the next big one hits. >> 99.7% chance over the next 30 years we would experience an earthquake greater than 6.7. >> the app by the u.s. geological survey. a primitive version was used in 1989 to warn search and rescue teams trying to warn people from the cypress structure.
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>> the scientists set up a temporary system that radioed alerts to the workers whenever there was a significant aftershock that might shake the nimitz. >> earthquake, drop, cover, hold on. >> shaking expected. >> developed at uc berkeley my shake can provide up to 20 seconds of warning before the ground starts to shake from a nearby shake. enough time to take some kind of protective action. >> the system will send out an alert if it's potentially harmful letting it know shaking is about to arrive in your general location ig. >> you may receive the alerts before, during or after the shaking. however, whether you get an alert or you feel shake being, the reaction is the same. you drop, cover and hold on. >> while local, and officials -- it should be considered just part of a larger emergency plan. >> so the price of admission to live here is preparation. >> now the way it works, the closer you are to the epicenter,
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the more warning you get to bring it back to pleasant hill, would have got 20 seconds warning. those farther away as little as two or three seconds. live in pleasant hill, laura anthony, abc 7 news. so fascinating and can make a real difference, laura. just a few seconds. in the east bay, one of the most unforgettable sights was the damage done to the cypress freeway. dozens were trapped when the upper deck of the freeway collapsed on to the lower deck. retired deputy fire chief mark hoffman and his crew were the first to arrive at that terrible scene. >> i felt my best role was to bird dog and go from collapsed section to collapsed section and try to get an assessment on how many bodies needed to be rescued. >> this is from the live coverage on the day of the quake. dozens of people were trapped in their cars. first responders were able to save monday many of them. >> at the clock froze at the
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moment the quake struck. it was a visible -- >> a lot of people are1989. >> right now, people are gathering at marina green to commemorate that moment with a moment of silence. p>> here's a live picture. again, it was 30 years ago at this very moment when it struck. mayor london breed is expected to be there for a moment of silence. let's listen in for just a minute. >> significance taking place at the marina green. the scene of so much destruction that day as so many homes there burned. people, neighbors putting water on the homes -- again, we want to -- >> who could forget all the people helping firefighters run with hoses trying to extinguish the flames. friends and neighbors are sharing their moments and learning how to protect
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themselves in a future quake today. >> that's right. also, we want to let you know, given how close the epicenter was in santa cruz. take a look at that. the city there saw extensive damage, especialy downtown. abc 7 news reporter, chris nguyen revisited santa cruz today to catch up with long-time locals who remember exactly what they were doing when the shaking began. >> on this 30th anniversary of the loma prieta earthquake, a look back at the 15 seconds that forever changed the history of santa cruz. >> it was truly a disaster. it was one that exceeded all organizational resource service structure that the city had in place. >> like many, community leader to brief any was getting ready to watch the world series when the shaking started. he says 40% of the buildings downtown were damaged beyond repair. >> there was an odd, surreal scene at the time. there was complete utter shocking silence. >> pacific avenue in particular was hit pretty hard. >> in the '730s and '80s, cooper
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house was a place for locals to was home to shops and restaurants. down the road, visitors come to this spot to grab a slice of pizza. back in the day, a popular mexican restaurant and hotel stood in its place. take a look. video from the abc 7 archives shows the old ford's department store in the aftermath of the quake. this is what it looks like today. historian ross gibson served on a committee created o to help the city rebuild. >> we had to get stakeholders from all different sides of the spectrum to come together. you had the business community, you had the historic preservation community, you had neighbors and people who used the downtown. >> downtown has since become a vibrant pedestrian friendly hub of activity. >> people can remember the sights, the sounds, the smells even of that day. it wasisraatsh moment for many, many individuals.
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those stories are still flowing through the heart of santa cruz. >> this community turning disaster into true um of. chris nguyen. abc 7 news. you'll remember getting to and from work after that quake was next to impossible. very challenging to say the least. >> we want to continue our quake coverage with the newest member of our news team. long-time san francisco chronicle columnist, phil ma tier. our abc 7 news contributor. >> great to be here. i recall you were in the marina when the big shake happened. >> the day after the shake. i was reporting in the marina. >> scary stuff. >> we tend to forget the impact it had then but also the impact it's continuing to have. one area, transportation. at the center of it was one of the biggest impacts was how it changed how we get around. but in the process, changed the h d oof the bayge commission for 30 days after the
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quake. it forced commuters on b.a.r.t. in recordstie uwa of t b.a.r.t. crossing in part to have a backup in case another disaster strikes. you remember that it was really tough getting around. we adapted. >> that really carried us what you say today. carpooling took off. >> 40% increase in carpooling. >> really? >> exactly. people had to buddy up. here's another one that changed and brought us back. it was a redo. we had the people getting together. strangers getting in and it's continuing to this day. another one was ferries. the ferry system in san francisco bay area was down to about four ferries crossing the bay. since then it's added up we're talking about 12 systems. got five more on the way. >> what really spurred that was what happened after the
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earthquake. >> exactly the bay bridge was knocked out. >> people took b.a.r.t. or that. >> another one. face of the -- the embarcadero. >> used to have a freeway on it. >> made it ugly, for sure. >> i'm not sure how convenient it was. but it was definitely ugly. >> after it was determined to be crack and neighborhood environmentalists got in and city hall. we took it down. we replaced it with a trolley line that's now one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. >> although it changed the in and out points to china town. >> exactly. there was a lot of concern that it would kill chinatown that the embarcadero went down. as a result of that, we started building the central subway. >> they're waiting for us. >> the jury is still out on that one. >> the biggest symbol of the quake. got to be the bay bridge. >> i mean, it showed the best and the worst of us. >> right. >> the best is the spectacular views. the worst was that it took ten
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years to decide how to build it, when to build it. cost $6.5 billion. >> we we got the span finished -- >> that was one of the challenges of the bay area. sometimes it takes a crisis to get something done. when we get it done, it turns into a crisis on its own. we muddle through. it was interesting. i remember the night of that earthquake. i was at 5th and mission at the paper. that night a lot of the power was out. san francisco, i walked into some of the toughest neighborhoods. it was incredibly calm. people weren't -- nobody riot g rioting. nobody broke into stores. everybody said this is a major problem. we're going to work through this. >> people pulled together. >> if it's one thing the quake showed. for all of our flaws, when it happens, we pull together. >> we did it after 1906 and after 1989 and no doubt. when the next one, it's not if,
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it's when, right? >> it is. >> hopefully, we're prepared for this. >> phil, great having your insight. we look forward to more of your reports, especially our building a better business bureau initiative. >> that's the goal. still ahead, there's a lot of news to get to. the who carjacked and kidnapped a ups driver in his truck. new video of the 14-minute chase. the district attorney is now weighing in. plus, could san jose actually do without pg&e altogether? the mayor says it may be time to get into the energy business. the electric car revolution. a look at what's fueling the changes ziefrkts i'm spencer christian. as the week winds down, we've got
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tto harrison, the wine tcollection.. to craig, this rock. i leave these things to my heirs, all 39 million of you, on one condition. that you do everything to preserve and protect them. with love, california. new developments in the ups hijack thag happened in san jose. the hijacker was shot and killed by a san jose police officer.
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tonight at santa clara district attorney's office says the officer acted lawfully. the d.a. released new video from that night. abc 7 news reporter amanda dell castillo has the story. >> spike strips. i don't think they worked. >> the new video from a police helicopter. it shows officers following the ups truck during the wild 14-minute chase. 33-year-old mark ma ras ki and joanna macy rogers took the driver hostage. this was valentine's day in san jose. during the chase, macy rogers fired a gun at the deputy several times hitting their vehicle. ellard described in detail the terrifying ordeal. >> they were scared, they were terrified people. so like i said, i don't want them thinking that i hate these people or -- i don't know them. i don't know them. i will say this. i'm sorry to their families.
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>> he's going to bail out passenger side armed with a shotgun. >> moments later morasky was shot by police. he was a two striker on parole for a violent crime and he told officers and the driver that he would rather die than go back to prison. that made him an imminent and formidable threat. that made the only option to fire his weapon. >> does any part of you feel for the suspect? >> you know, my wife and i talked about that a lot. and i knew you would ask me that question. i'm not going to paint him out to be a monster. >> 23-year-old joanna macy rogers faces felony charges, carjacking, taking a hostage and the attempted murder of a peace officer. in san jose, abc 7 news. san jose mayor sam liccardo has solutions for pg&e's safety
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power shutoffs. he says the root of the problem lies with the company itself. laura martinez has the details. >> san jose mayor sam liccardo wants the city to take control against pg&e. >> we need to step up to fix this. we can't wait for the state or pg&e to do this. >> he's proposing the city create a public utility and develop micro risks. >> we know it will cost billions of dollars for that distribution infrastructure. we know there are liability concerns that are real. keith laurel runs his own mailing business that was affected by the public safety power shutoffs. >> he told me noon and then, like, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. >> that waiting game is somethingly card owe wants to mitigate. >> what happened last week was a
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disaster. we saw overnotification and undernotification of residents. >> laurel hopes his price for electricity doesn't go up. >> i hope there's no price increases or anything like that. electricity is expensive, especially here during the summertime. >> liccardo says a poll will be released to gauge how san jose residents feel about the solution. >> we know there's a lot of analysis that needs to happen between now and the time we would take that leap. >> laura martinez, reporting. now we want to turn your attention to the accuweather forecast. >> it's almost the weekend unless i miss my guess. >> i'm getting ready to show you gusty winds. take you down to the surface and you can see how gusty it is right now. 41 mile per hour gusts in san francisco. you can see them between 25 and 30 miles per hour. so it's quite windy.
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the reason we have theswell, el heights to ten feet and higher. we have a high surf advisory and the fact until 9:00 tomorrow night, dangerous rip current and -- temperature reading in san francisco, low to mid-60s around the bay shoreline. the lowest readings -- here's the view from the rooftop camera at abc 7. here's the forecast features. mostly clear and breezy to gusty. mainly sunny days lie ahead through the weekend. a few periods of high clouds coming through. maybe a brief shower in parts of the north bay on early saturday. look for mainly clear skies but high clouds pass through overnight. low temperatures will mainly be in the mid up toer 40s. 50 degrees at the bay shoreline. highs tomorrow under breezy conditions and hazy sunshine will range from low 60s at the coast to upper 60s near the bay. low 70s inland.
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the accuweather seven-day forecast, we get through a nice pleasant weekend with a few passing clouds, maybe an early morning shower on saturday. four sunny warm and dry days next week. monday through thursday, inland highs in the mid-80s. in late october. up to 80 degrees at the shoreline. 70 degrees on the that's pretty nice late october weather. >> you spoil us, spencer. thank you. from highways to homes, the new network that
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aaddiction. how juuline hooked kids and ignited an public health crisis." other news outlets report- juul took $12.8 billion from big tobacco. markets e-cigarettes with kid friendly flavors and uses nicotine to addict them. 5 million kids use e-cigarettes. juul is "following big tobacco's playbook." and now, juul is pushing prop c to overturn e-cigarette protections. vote no on juul. no on big tobacco. no on prop c. ford is offering the largest -- in north america going head to head with tesla. ford is partnering with ev charging companies and electrify america to create what it calls the ford path charging network using an app on the in-dash display of the electric cars to direct drivers to the closest of the 12,000 charging stations in the u.s. and canada.
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ford currently doesn't offer any electric vehicles but an electric crossover suv will hit the market next year. interesting. on the subject of electric cars, 7 on your side michael finney is here with information. >> that's right. closerook at whether they're worth buying. >> it's kind of a tough choice, actually. electric cars outnumbered by gas powered ones. they're more common in the bay area. the big question as the guys ask, are they right for you? >> a new survey by consumer reports shows 36% of prospective car buyers would consider a plug-in electric vehicle for their next new car. >> a lot has to do with pricing. the price points are lower with some of them starting as low as $29,000 before the federal tax credits that have available. >> two electric vehicles for safety, affordability and cruising range, the kia niro and the chevrolet bolt. what about distance? how far can electric cars go
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between charge? >> many of the newer models have batteries that allowhe tesla mo nissan leaf. keep in mind battery rangeles d is energy is used to run the heater. consumers have to recharge cars overnight in order to maximize mileage. >> cars are cheaper to maintain than gas powered cars. when buying them, there are federal, tax credits but not every one. most car dealers know about this. they stay up on it. >> incentive to sell. >> exactly. still ahead, three words. >> thousands of students are memorizing those three words. stay with us.
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coming up at 6:6:6:6: original documentary, the earthquake effect. >> it's a really powerful program. it is a 30-minute commercial-free special broadcast. it looks back at the past. certainly that on this 30th anniversary of loma prieta. it gives you a glimpse into the future just as importantly. >> you can see it anywhere you get abc 7.
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including amazon fire tv and the abc 7 news app. look for it on all of our platforms but look for it tonight at 6:30, too. mayor london breed went back to her elementary school for basic earthquake preparedness. appropriately. mayor breed joined kindergartners at rosa parks elementary in a duck, cover and hold drill. other officials, including the police and fire chiefs were there as well. >> kids practiced the drill so they know how to react when an earthquake does hit. >> i would go home across the street and drive my grandmother crazy. i'm like mama, we got to get ready for an earthquake. we got to do this, we got to do that. >> besides seeking cover, the kids practiced vook waiting their school and look for emergency exits when they get home. it's a great lesson for the kids today and on the 30th anniversary of loma prieta. u to aruse this opportunity for
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>> we've way. by shake app which launched today. downloaded it. it's easy to use. be sure to check out
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tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. the white house bombshell. the stunning exchange today, the white house acknowledging a quid pro quo with ukraine. acting chief of staff mick mulvaney acknowledging to our jon karl u.s. military aid was withheld from ukraine in part to pressure them to investigate the democrats. mulvaney saying, "get over it. this kind of thing happens all the time." and just before we came on the air tonight, mulvaney this evening trying to walk back the comments. and late today, the other headline, the cabinet member now resigning. also breaking tonight, president trump celebrating what the u.s. is calling a cease-fire involving turkey. a week and a half after president trump talked with turkey's president, announcing
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he was pulling u.s. troops out and that turkey would be moving in, the president now calling

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