Sanden Totten

Sanden Totten is KPCC's Science Reporter. He covers everything from advances in medical technology to dinosaur fossils and space exploration. Before joining Southern California Public Radio, Sanden worked at Minnesota Public Radio, where he was co-creator of In "The Loop," a program that made the audience part of the show. He was also part of the team behind the Public Insight Network, a crowd-sourcing project designed to bring unique perspectives to news. Sanden is the winner of several honors, including the Radio and TV News Association’s Golden Mike for “best writing.” He was a 2011 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He has a BA in Psychology and English from Oberlin College in Ohio, and also attended school in Japan and Sweden, and speaks both languages. He is a fan of fast music, comics and movies about time travel.
Surface ruptures, known as surface faulting, from the Sylmar earthquake in 1971 damaged this home in San Fernando. (Photo: U.S. Geological Survey)

California Slow to Map Dangerous Earthquake Faults

After the massive destruction of the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, state lawmakers passed a law to prevent new buildings from being developed on top of active earthquake faults. But that requires knowing where they are. Mapping earthquake faults is both time-consuming and costly, and the state has a long way to go.