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

Here’s a look at what’s shakin’:

Earth Science Week  October 14–20, 2018: Sponsored 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.

Earth Science Week 2018 learning resources and activities 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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The 29th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake: 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.

Image result for loma prietaCaption: Collapse of the upper level of the San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge (by: KQED).

 

The Great California ShakeOut: On 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 to participate in this free annual event here: REGISTER

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150th Anniversary of the Hayward Fault earthquake (FREE EVENT): 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 to attend this free event here: REGISTER

Image result for hayward fault eventPhoto by: USGS

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