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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Utah's on the Top 10 list for U.S. earthquakes

By Jason A. Givens

October 30, 2006 | RICHMOND -- Utah may not seem like a hotbed of earthquake activity, but it is listed as one of the top 10 earthquake states by the U.S. Geological Survey.

On Aug. 30, 1962, the East Valley fault zone let lose a magnitude 5.7 earthquake causing an estimated $1 million damage. It was one of Utah's largest recorded earthquakes. Richmond was the quake's epicenter, but the quake also caused significant damage in Franklin, Preston, Lewiston and Logan. The Small Business Administration declared Cache County a disaster region.

"Cache Valley is bounded by faults on both sides," Tony Crone of the USGS Geologic Hazards team said. "That area does have the potential for damaging earthquakes."

Crone said the potential magnitude of earthquakes in this region is high 6s to low 7s. A magnitude which he said could be of cause for concern to people in the Valley. He added that the Wasatch Front also has active faults, and earthquakes from that area could cause damage in Cache Valley.

The greatest damage from the 1962 earthquake occurred in Richmond. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations' Web site provides information on the damage that the earthquake inflicted, it includes: The knocking over and displacement of headstones in the cemetery. The LDS Benson Stake Tabernacle, which was 58 years old, suffered severe structural damage and had to be torn down. Also torn down was a recently refurbished historic home that was once a school house, it was made uninhabitable causing the family to move out. A woman was in bed when the east wall of her home fell in. She managed to escape with only a bruise. Items were shaken from the shelves of several grocery stores in the valley and needed several hours of clean-up.

The USGS Web site said at least nine houses were declared unsafe and 75 percent of the older brick chimneys fell. The shock from the quake was felt over an area of approximately 168,000 square kilometers (about 100,800 square miles) and minor aftershocks, causing minimal additional damage, were reported through Sept. 9.

The University of Utah's seismograph station was contacted on Friday for further information about potential earthquake activity, however they were unable to answer questions at that time because they said an earthquake had just occurred and they had to analyze it. The station analyzes earthquakes for Utah, Yellowstone and the surrounding region.

For more information about the Richmond or other earthquakes visit the USGS or the UUSS Web sites.

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