Today, 18th April 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the great San Francisco Earthquake. The 1906 7.9-magnitude earthquake resulted in at least 3,000 deaths, left more than 200,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 28,000 buildings in the San Francisco fire that followed. Scientists estimate that there is more than a 60% chance of a damaging earthquake striking the region again in the next 30 years.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you should download the new USGS Earthquake Preparedness Handbook. The handbook provides information about the threat posed by earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay region and explains how you can prepare for, survive, and recover from these inevitable events. If you live or work in the region, you need to know why you should be concerned with earthquakes, what you can expect during and after a quake, and what you need to do beforehand to be safe and reduce damage.
Are you prepared?