The Hayward implosion at the California State University East Bay campus was a success and gave researchers an additional chance to study the impact of the demolition. CBS News reports on Aug. 17 that the implosion created shockwaves of 2.0 magnitude. The Warren Hall building on the university campus was destroyed after being declared unsafe.
Warren Hall was located near the Hayward Fault, a zone known for generating earthquakes, and it had not been used for several years. Since it was only 2,000 feet from the fault, researchers used this opportunity to study the impact of the demolition by placing 600 sensors to measure seismic activity.
The 13-story tower was destroyed with more than 400 pounds of explosives. The implosion generated shockwaves of 2.0 magnitude and gave scientists the opportunity to learn more about the Hayward Fault. The California State University East Bay campus was closed to prevent people from getting too close to the demolition, but this did not stop curious onlookers from gathering in parking lots and other locations.
Warren Hall was considered to be the “most seismically vulnerable building” on the entire Cal State East Bay campus in Hayward, so staff and students had been relocated to another building several years ago. Despite the crew’s attempts to minimize dust, it was still a big problem during the implosion. The demolition was a success and the small portion that was still standing after the implosion will be removed. The Cal State East Bay campus will reopen on Monday.