Hayward implosion destroys landmark and yields over 1,000 spectators to watch the giant blast. According to the Inquisitr this Saturday, Aug. 17, this weekend’s set implosion had the Warren Hill landmark detonated in front of a wide audience.
The Hayward implosion demolished a 13-story building known at Warren Hill, where a process of contained explosions on the Cal State-East campus sent the structure booming to ground zero in sound and smoke.
Studies by geological survey experts organized more than 600 seismographs nearby, located within a full mile radius of the Hayward implosion. This way, the implosion’s destructive force could be measured, and from those measurements, simulated results could be made in relation to how an actual earthquake might possibly affect the area.
One of the field researchers had this to say on the Hayward implosion:
“When that building dropped we should have gotten a nice, continuous signal for eight to 10 seconds.”
Over 1,000 spectators saw that the controlled explosions didn’t take long to bring the building down — less than 10 seconds were needed to see the 13-story structure fall.
The experiment was made to help determine how devastating a high risk earthquake might affect the area. The reason for the implosion set at the Warren Hill landmark? Geological experts believe that there is over a 50% chance that a very dangerous earthquake will strike the region within the next quarter of a century, and scientists want to be prepared on the force and aftermath such a natural disaster might make.
“In the event of a large earthquake, often times it’s not just one break in the ground, it’s spread out over some distance. You’d kind of like to know where all these things are if you really want to understand the hazard.”
The 1,000 spectators (or public at large, for that matter) aren’t mourning the demolishing of the Warren Hill landmark, or the Hayward implosion, for that matter. The site was seen as a dumpy building in need of being blasted away by some. Said one witness:
“I’m glad it’s going down. I thought it was ugly both from the inside and outside. There was no ventilation, and you couldn’t open the windows. It was cold in the winter and hot in the summer.”
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