They say, "Timing is everything." When spoken in regards to earthquakes, the effect can be bone-chiling. Consider this: four major earthquakes have taken place worldwide in the span of just over a year, starting with the catastrophic magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, followed just one month later on February 27th with the magnitude-8.8 earthquake devastated Chile. Then, almost exactly one year later, on February 22, 2011, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand. And, of couse, Japan a few weeks ago on March 11th was rocked by a 9.0 earthquake in its northeast region. An article published on www.newsweek.com, entitled, "The Scariest Earthquake is Yet to Come", states that three corners of the Pacific plate have been hit with recent earthquakes - the northwest with Japan's quake, the southwest with New Zealand, and the southeast with Chile. That leaves just one point - the northeast - or, more specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area, unaffected.
While that is very sobering to hear, perhaps even frightening, the truth of the matter is this: we live in a beautiful and picturesque region of the state, but the Bay Area is also home to a number of fault lines, most notable being the San Andreas and the Hayward Fault. Check out the below eye-opening video to see just how much destruction an earthquake would cause if one were to strike the Bay Area today.
While it is true that earthquakes, unlike tornadoes and hurricanes, know no season – April is observed as National Earthquake Preparedness month. For our protection and for the protection of our families, we need to take specific earthquake precautions so that we can be prepared when disaster strikes. Click here to be taken to the Specific Disasters section of City's Office of Emergency Services webpage to see what you need to do before, during, and after an earthquake. We hope you not only find the information useful, but that it moves you to action in preparing for the next "big one", because, It could be here before we know it.