Old maps — newly released — indicate Shellmound landmark missed the mark

What lies beneath the Spenger’s parking lot has been hotly debated in recent months as discussions proceed about what might one day be developed there.

M3.5 earthquake hits Berkeley, East Bay

A magnitude-3.5 earthquake startled Berkeley and other East Bay residents early Tuesday morning. Its epicenter was near the Warren Freeway, State Route 13, near Joaquin Miller Road, the USGS reports. The earthquake was recorded at 12:50 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Service, with a depth of 2.98 miles. A number of reports came in on Twitter from […]

Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Where to Invade Next’

We all know what to expect from a Michael Moore film: snark. Though politically pointed and frequently hilarious, Moore’s bad attitude has been offending viewers ever since his groundbreaking boob tube series ‘TV Nation’ aired for a single season in 1994 (who can ever forget the Serbo-Croatian peace process pizza party?). Now comes Moore’s latest […]

Magnitude-4.0 Piedmont earthquake wakes up Berkeley

An earthquake in neighboring Oakland jolted Berkeley awake just before 6:50 a.m. Monday. The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially registered the quake as a magnitude 4.2, but soon downgraded it to a magnitude 4.0. Its epicenter was two-thirds of a mile north of Piedmont (3.2 miles southeast of Berkeley). It struck at 6:49 a.m. BART held trains while it undertook a system-wide check. […]

Berkeley residents feel 4.0M earthquake, aftershocks

Numerous Berkeley residents woke up just after 2:40 a.m. Tuesday due to a 4.0-magnitude earthquake reported north of Fremont. At least eight aftershocks had been reported, following the original incident, as of 3:20 a.m. According to the U.S. Geological Service, a 4.0-magnitude quake was reported at 2:41 a.m. 2 miles north of Fremont, about 30 miles from […]

Water conservation gets serious with restrictions, fines

Hosing down your driveway, watering your yard more than twice a week, or washing your car with a hose without a shutoff nozzle are forbidden in Berkeley, as the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) faces its worst water supply in nearly 40 years. These are a few of the new mandatory conservation restrictions announced […]

The unsolved mystery of the Berkeley boom

For more than a month, residents around Berkeley have wondered online about a recurring nighttime boom that has woken babies, freaked out pets and set off car alarms. The sound, which has become known on Twitter as the #BerkeleyBoom, has been heard around the city, though it has been concentrated primarily in the southern part of town. On […]

The Berkeley Wire: 08.26.14

Berkeley born Chris Lamb fans his way to Cal League record (MILB) Eight-story Stonefire development slated for approval this week (SocketSite) West Berkeley pharma company may add 80,000 sq ft product testing facility (Daily Cal) UC Berkeley closes access to popular University Falls (Sac Bee) Op-ed: Berkeley women: it’s time to lead the next revolution […]

Sunday’s quake: UC Berkeley scientists gave 10-second warning; a wake-up call for emergency preparedness

Unbeknownst to some, the magnitude 6 Napa County earthquake that woke many people up in Berkeley at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday morning was “predicted” by scientists in our very city with a 10-second warning about the trembler. The alert was issued by the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory’s ShakeAlert earthquake early-warning project. The demonstration warning system provided 10 […]

Magnitude 6 earthquake rattles Berkeley in early hours

A magnitude 6 earthquake shook many people awake in Berkeley at 03:20:44 a.m. on Sunday Aug. 24. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the shaker was 4 miles north-west of  American Canyon, California, and registered a depth of 6.7 miles. American Canyon is north of Vallejo and about 28 miles north of Berkeley. People took […]