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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Arizona Shooting: Tragedy in Tucson, AZ

In his first interview since the tragic shootings at the Safeway in Tucson, Ariz., Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, sits down one-on-one with ABC's Diane Sawyer.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Wasatch Fault

The Utah Geological Survey has a video titled “Wasatch Fault Flyby” that explains the Wasatch Fault and how earthquake activity there can impact nearby urban areas with over 1.6 million residents.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First Debris Removed from Provo Tabernacle

The first piece of debris in the investigation of the Provo Tabernacle was lifted out of the burned building by a crane on Jan. 5.

It's the next step Provo fire officials are using in their investigation to find out what started the fire on the morning of Dec. 17.

"Getting the debris out will help investigators actually get in and start going through, sifting through the rubble to find the cause," said Provo Deputy Fire Chief Gary Jolley. "They've isolated a few points of interest where they want to start."

With walls stabilized, the contractor begins hoisting the first pieces out of the burned Provo Tabernacle for examination.

Investigators had been waiting to go inside until the brick walls were stabilized by a contractor hired by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to Jolley, the cold weather in recent days is also making the investigation more difficult.

"The freezing temperatures do set us back, because if things are frozen together, it's harder to remove. We've been working with the contractor there and they have been trying to cover things up for us and heat things up, so the investigators can get in there and remove things that aren't stuck together," he said.

Each piece of debris is being moved onto the lawn north of the tabernacle, where it will be inspected and documented.

Investigators have already questioned dozens of people about the building, including those who were inside during a concert rehearsal just hours before the blaze was discovered.

They will consider all of the evidence they gather to help determine what caused the fire, in a daunting process that could still take several weeks.