October is “Earthquake Month” at the California Department of Conservation

Here’s a look at what’s shakin’:

Sunday, October 21: 150th Anniversary of the Hayward Fault earthquake

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1868 Hayward earthquake damage to flour mill, photo by Carnegie Institute of Washington

On October 21, 1868, an earthquake estimated to be between magnitude 6.8 and 7.0 in strength tore the ground open from Milpitas to San Leandro with major damage in Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland, and San Francisco. The Fremont Mission San Jose crumbled. At the time, the Bay Area had a total population of only 260,000; a repeat of this temblor would be devastating.

The anniversary event will feature free tours of the Hayward Fault (registration required) with lecture, science zone, kids zone, preparedness zones, music, activities for families, and food available for purchase.

Register here to attend this free event.


Thursday, October 18: The Great California ShakeOut

ShakeOut_Global_JoinUs_728x90On October 18, 2018, at 10:18 a.m., millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes–wherever you live, work, or travel.

Register here to participate in this free annual event.

October 17: 29th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake

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Collapse of the upper level of the San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge (Photo by KQED)

On October 17, 1989, Northern California was rocked by a magnitude 6.9 tremor that is sometimes referred to as the “World Series earthquake,” because it postponed the series between (coincidentally) the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. The shift took place along the San Andreas Fault, caused 63 deaths and 3,757 injuries, and roughly $10 billion in damage. No surface faulting occurred, but there were landslides and liquefaction.

October 14-20: Earth Science Week

Df-5cLfW4AE7AIsSponsored by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the theme “Earth as Inspiration” will emphasize artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.

These activities and resources engage all ages in exploring the relationship between art and the Earth systems. Find activities related to energy, climate change, the environment, natural disasters, technology, industry, agriculture, and more.







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