Saturday morning around 9 a.m. crews in the East Bay demolished Warren Hall, a 40-year-old, 13-story administration building on the campus of Cal State East Bay that USGS officials said was likely to implode on its own in the next major earthquake.
Demolition crews used 430 pounds of high explosives to implode the building, which was built right along the Hayward fault and considered the to be "the most seismically unsafe building" in the CSU system. A dubious honor to be sure. Crews spent much of yesterday removing debris, clearing the area and preparing the building to come down.
Within a safe watching distance this morning, spectators gathered to watch the whole thing crumble to the ground. The whole thing took about 8 seconds, perfect for an easily digestible instagram video:
Around the site, USGS officials also places 600 seismic sensors to monitor activity in the area. The falling building was expected to create a small, man-made earthquake, but the Hayward fault amplified the seismic energy. The data collected today will provide scientists with information they can use to better map out the Hayward fault zone and predict what could occur the next time the fault starts rumbling.