Earthquake Resource Page

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Last Updated: 27 April 2021


This page contains links to a variety of material on Earthquakes and their risk to the Bay Area.

This page will be updated as additional material is identified.

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Real-time Earthquakes
USGS, Earthquake Hazards Program.


Strange and unexpected movement along CA's Biggest Fault Lines (.pdf copy) Sydney Pereira, 21 September 2018, Newsweek.

What Is the Hayward Fault? Bay Area Earthquake Hits California at 'Time Bomb' Zone (.pdf copy)
Sydney Pereira, 4 January 2018, Newsweek.

Two Faults Could Make One Big Earthquake (.pdf copy)
Andrew Alden, 28 May 2015, KQED Science.

A summary of the late Cenozoic stratigraphic and tectonic history of the Santa Clara Valley, California
Various USGS authors, February 2015, Geosphere, GeoScienceWorld. This is technical description of the geology of Santa Clara County.



USGS Earthquake Homepage

Real-time Seismogram Displays
USGS, Earthquake Hazards Program. These seismogram displays depict ground motion recorded by seismograph stations in real-time and updated every few minutes.

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
Collaboration between University of Washington, University of Oregon, USGS, U.S Department of Energy, the State of Washington, and the State of Oregon.

Earthquake Outlook for the San Francisco Bay Region 2014–2043 (.pdf copy)
USGS, Earthquake Hazards Program.

California Integrated Seismic Network
Collaboration between California Geological Survey, Caltech Seismological Laboratory, UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, USGS Menlo Park, USGS Pasadena, and California Office of Emergency Services.



Ground-shaking Simulations
2008, USGS, Simulations of shaking/movies include both map views and detailed, perspective views. The colors indicate the peak intensity of the shaking so far at each location. Click on "View Animations", then select the simulation.

Hayward Fault Scenarios
2008, USGS, Simulations of shaking based on a 6.8, 7.0, and 7.2 magnitude earthquake at different locations along the Hayward Fault.

ShakeAlert - Public EEW Alerts
April 2021, 40 min. Jennifer Strauss/UC Berkeley Seismology Lab, starts with a good review of seismology and Bay Area earthquakes before jumping into the ShakeAlert program. This presentation was originally made to the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association on 8 April 2021.

What If A Mega Earthquake Hit California
August 12, 2019, Science Insider, 8:24 min. California is located in a hot-zone of fault lines that can rupture without warning. One of these faults, the San Andreas, is overdue for a high magnitude earthquake commonly referred to as “The Big One.” Here’s what experts say could happen when it hits the West Coast.

After the Quake (October 1989)
May 13, 2019, City of Cupertino Video History Channel, 30:00 min. From 1989: Cupertino City Manager Don Brown assesses the situation in Cupertino in the aftermath of the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta Earthquake that rocked the community on October 17th.

WHERE THE FAULT LIES, Segment One: Where Do The Earthquake Faults Lie In The San Francisco Bay Area
October 18, 2009, KRON 4 News, Brian Hackney, 10:48 min. Skip past the opening Ads

WHERE THE FAULT LIES, Segment Two: From The San Andreas to The Calaveras Fault
October 18, 2009, KRON 4 News, Brian Hackney, 14:59 min.

October 18, 2009, KRON 4 News, Brian Hackney, 11:36 min.

WHERE THE FAULT LIES, Segment Four: Loma Prieta Earthquake
October 18, 2009, KRON 4 News, Brian Hackney, 7:36 min.

Other Interesting Videos

Supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest
April 17, 2019, Nick Zentner, Central Washington University, 1:10:00 min. CWU's Nick Zentner presents 'Supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest' - the 26th talk in his ongoing Downtown Geology Lecture Series. Recorded at Morgan Auditorium on April 17, 2019 in Ellensburg, Washington, USA

Tsunami In Our Future
May 1, 2013, Nick Zentner, Central Washington University, 59:00 min. CWU's Nick Zentner presents 'Tsunami In Our Future', the 2nd talk in his ongoing Downtown Geology Lecture Series. Recorded on October 20, 2010 in Ellensburg, Washington, USA. While the focus is on the Northwest U.S., around minute 49, makes the association between Northwest subduction zone earthquakes and earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault.



The Haywired Earthquake Scenario
USGS, April 2018, ISSN 2327-6932 (online). The HayWired earthquake scenario, led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), anticipates the impacts of a hypothetical magnitude-7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault...

Understanding Earthquake Hazards in the San Francisco Bay Area
USGS, September 2014, ISSN 2327–6932 (online). (.pdf copy)

Practical Lessons from the Loma Prieta Earthquake
National Academy of Sciences, 1994, ISSN 978-0-309-05030-2 | DOI 10.17226/2269.




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