Screen capture of YouTube video showing demolition of Santa Clara's Walsh Avenue water tank.
Screen capture of YouTube video showing demolition of Santa Clara’s Walsh Avenue water tank.

A semi-departed colleague sends us the following video. It’s the city of Santa Clara’s official footage of the demolition of its Walsh Avenue water tank. Here’s a description of the event from city public communications manager Daniel Beerman:

Recently the city of Santa Clara, California, demolished an outdated elevated water storage tank on Walsh Avenue. This project involved the 500,000-gallon, 167-foot-tall elevated steel tank built in 1964 within the city’s corporation yard. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the tank was determined to be at risk during a major seismic event and has not been used since.

It may not be quite as dramatic or loaded with show-biz production values as your average Las Vegas casino demolition, but it does feature the irresistible charm of a large object plunging toward a collision with terra firma. Enjoy.

Video: Watch as Santa Clara Demolishes Old Water Tower 6 September,2013Dan Brekke



Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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