Friday, September 10, 2010

Coverage of Last Night's Gas Line Explosion in San Bruno



Did KCAL allege that last night's massive, firey explosion in San Bruno (just south of San Francisco) was caused by an asteroid? Sure looked like it here -- but this was actually a mistake (the perils of an automated news system, I assume).

Thanks to its regular 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. newsblock, KCAL had the most coverage of any local station in primetime. The cable news nets had only limited coverage, preferring to stick to repeats of their regular fare. That left the web, where folks who wanted the most complete coverage could at least watch live streaming from San Francisco's KGO, KPIX and KRON, among others.

SFist has a full time table of what happened here. So far six are confirmed dead and more than 50 homes destroyed from the blast, which PG&E said was caused by a ruptured gas line.

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