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1868 Hayward Earthquake Commemorative Event at Mission San Jose, Fremont, CA

U.S. Geological Survey, 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance

This public commemoration of the 1868 Hayward earthquake will be held on the front steps of Mission San Jose on the 140th Anniversary at 7:55 AM, the time that the quake struck the San Francisco Bay Area. The 30-minute program includes representatives of the 1868 Alliance, City of Fremont, Mission San Jose, and descendants of 1868 quake survivors.

Exhibits & Shows

The Great Quake of 1868

San Leandro History Museum & Art Gallery

San Leandro History Museum & Art Gallery temporary museum exhibit featuring the 1868 earthquake in the the Bay Area. The exhibit will focus on how the small town of San Leandro, both landscape and residents, was affected by the earthquake.

1868 Hayward Earthquake Display

U.S. Geological Survey

An exhibit of photographs showing the damage from the 1868 Hayward earthquake keyed to their map location will be on display at the U.S. Geological Survey Visitor's Center in Building 3 at 345 Middlefield Ave., Menlo Park.

Live Performances

The Music of Earthquakes at The California Symphony

U.C. Berkeley Seismological Laboratory and Lesher Center for the Arts

The California Symphony premieres "Music From Underground Spaces," a piece using actual earthquake recordings processed by Peggy Hellweg of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. Composer Mason Bates marries orchestra and electronics to vividly conjure up a variety of underground worlds.


Shake Up SF

San Francisco Dept of Emergency Management

Shake Up SF will consist of a coordinated series of self-directed earthquake drills that will take place across San Francisco and involve a variety of organizations, including schools, non-profits, businesses, faith-based organizations and City departments.

Earthquake Drills

U.S. Geological Survey, 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance

The 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance invites your school or district to participate in the 1st Annual "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" San Francisco Bay Area Schools (K-12) Earthquake Drill on October 21, 2008 at or around 10 AM.

Outdoor Activities

Field Trip on the Southern Segment of the Hayward Fault

California Science Teachers Association (CSTA), USGS

Field trip on the Hayward Fault in Fremont, Hayward and San Leandro.

Geology and Tectonics of the San Francisco North Bay Area

California State University, East Bay, Vector Engineering and BACE Geotechnical

Field Trip of the Geology and Tectonics of the San Francisco North Bay Area.

Hayward Fault Walk and Tour

Math Science Nucleus

Learn about the active and inactive traces of the Hayward Fault as you walk through Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon. You will also see how Alameda Country Flood Control and Water Conservation District has been restoring the area for local wildlife by sponsoring the Math Science Nucleus to work with high school students to help maintain the area.

Earthquake and Wetlands

Math Science Nucleus

Families explore evidence of the Hayward fault. Children will locate and map bay area faults and enjoy walk of 17 acre wetland.

Geology of the Calaveras Fault in Santa Clara County

Northern California Geological Society, USGS

Geology of the Calaveras Fault. Stops include: (1) Coyote Lake is in the rift valley of the Calaveras Fault (east of Gilroy); (2) Harvey Bear Ranch near Gilroy; (3) Anderson Park (near Morgan Hill); (4) Coyote Creek gravel bars.

FIELD TRIP - Earthquake at UCB? The Hayward Fault, Campus Retrofit, and The Seismological Laboratory

Northern California Geological Society

Walk the trace of the fault and learn about its past and present; tour of the retrofit activities on campus; earthquake monitoring activities and seismological research

Earthquake Preparedness at the 27th Annual Summer Festival & Chili Cookoff


Enjoy the sun, live music, Chili & learn about earthquake preparedness!

7th Annual North Fair Oaks Community Festival

Sheriff's Office of San Mateo County

The North Fair Oaks Community Festival is truly a unique, successful community event -- organized by parents, youth, local merchants, school staff, non-profit organizations and the faith community. The Festival creates community pride and revitalizes the neighborhood; provides information about family resources; has a family and youth activities area; an art contest for elementary school students and promotes goods and services to the 35,000 people expected at the event.

Earth Day 2008: Let's Get Dirty

The Oakland Zoo, USGS

Earth Day event—Let's Get Dirty: Encouraging Children of All Ages to Spend Time Outdoors.

Preparedness Fairs

2nd Annual Partners for Preparedness

American Red Cross - Santa Clara Valley Chapter, USGS

American Red Cross Santa Clara Valley Chapter preparedness fair from 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday October 21st, 2007, History San Jose, Kelly Park, San Jose.

CPR Saturday

American Red Cross-Bay Area Chapter

Preparedness training and FREE Earthquake Mitigation kits at 8-county Red Cross "CPR Saturday" events on March 8th. Pre-registration is required.

West Contra Costa County Emergency Preparedness Fair

City of Richmond, Office of Emergency Services, LDS Church. Cities of El Cerrito and San Pablo

West Contra Costa County Cities and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are holding a "Prepare to Prepare" day for communities to learn how to prepare for the next major disaster.

Earthquake Preparation Luncheon -- Don't Get Shaken Up by the Next Shaker!

Emeryville Chamber of Commerce, The 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance, "Prepare Bay Area" Program

Earthquake preparation presentation by Tom Brocher of the USGS & Sandi Swinderski, Red Cross

2008 FEMA Safety and Preparedness Expo

FEMA Region IX, Mitigation Division

The expo will spotlight key areas of FEMA's disaster response and recovery mission through the participation of various vendors, emergency responders, city and state officials.

Emergency Survival Expo

Livermore Area Recreation and Park District

Our objective is to create an accessible one-day resource for residents seeking to prepare their homes and families for a potential emergency. Participants will learn current and viable methods of preparing for a disaster through demonstrations and hands-on experience.

Get Ready San Mateo County

Outdoor premiere screening of San Mateo County's 30-minute "Get Ready San Mateo County" video. FREE flashlight/whistles along with "Get Ready" DVDs.

Recipe for Recovery Community Fair

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and City of Palo Alto

A fun-filled day with live demos, exhibitor booths, food and entertainment. Get your family prepared for any type of disaster.

Earthquake Preparedness How-To Clinics

Quake Hold, California Earthquake Authority, American Red Cross

Free How-To clinics on earthquake preparedness.

A Community Earthquake Awareness Fair at the El Cerrito Home Depot

Quake Hold

The El Cerrito Home Depot is proud to host the Community Earthquake Awareness event that will increase earthquake awareness and promote preparedness within the community.

Human Race of Silicon Valley 2008 - "Race to Get Ready" Preparedness Fair

ReadySmart.com, Volunteer Center Silicon Valley/CERT

"Race to Get Ready" Preparedness Fair follows the Human Race of Silicon Valley on May 10, 2008 (10K and 5K Run, 5K pledge walk and 5K Dog Walk). Preparedness Fair will have many exciting activities for people to learn about risks and preparedness.

Preparedness in the Park

ReadySmart.com, City of Mountain View/ Red Cross/CINTAS Fire Protection/ Blackberry REACT/ Information Processing SYstems/USGS/Mid-Penninsula Ve

Emergency Preparedness Fair with hands on activities to educate families about earthquakes and being prepared.

Cupertino Fall Festival & Emergency Preparedness

ReadySmart.com, Cupertino First Responders, SC County Sheriff's Search & Rescue

Learn about earthquake and general emergency preparedness. Get a 3-day kit, earthquake information & activities.

Public Safety Day

San Pablo Police Department

Come out for some fun and awareness at San Pablo’s 2nd annual Public Safety Day. Meet the people that save lives every day, explore their vehicles and equipment, watch cool demonstrations, and have your pet registered or vaccinated. Fun for the whole family!

Strawberry Park Neighborhood Association Emergency Preparedness Awareness Fair

Strawberry Park Neighborhood Association, Stanford Blood Center , Sponsored by City of San Jose

Join our Emergency Preparedness fair and Blood Drive in honor of National Preparedness Month.

Are You Prepared for the Next Earthquake, Flood, or Fire?

Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker's Office, Alameda County, Harbor Bay Isle Owners Association

Ready, Set, Prepare! Talk to experts—learn what you need to be ready.

Ready Or Not...Disasters Happen!! Get Ready at the Tri-Cities Emergency Services Association Emergency Preparedness Fair

TriCity Emergency Services Association

Join TESA (Tri-Cities Emergency Services Association) and learn more about how to prepare your family and assist the community after a disaster strikes. Meet fire, public safety and emergency response professionals.

Coast Guard Emergency Preparedness Fair

U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Coast Guard, American Red Cross

The USGS and 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance will participate in the first annual disaster preparedness fair being held at the Coast Guard Island, Alameda.

Genentech Preparedness Fair

U.S. Geological Survey, American Red Cross, Ready America

Genentech, the largest BioTech company in the Bay Area, has asked the local Fire Department, CERT Team, the Red Cross, the US Geological Survey and a host of other Emergency Management Organizations to participate in a preparedness fair and to deliver preparedness information to their 8,000 employees. It will mostly be a "booth" type set up for each organization.

San Bruno Preparedness Fair

U.S. Geological Survey

A preparedness fair will be held at the Church of Latter Day Saints in San Bruno.

SFSU Emergency Awareness Week

U.S. Geological Survey, Quake Hold

San Francisco State University's will be holding is first Emergency Awareness Week for students, faculty, and staff during the week of April 7-11, in an area along Centennial Walkway where the majority of student housing is located. The USGS will host an earthquake information booth there on Thursday April 10 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Amateur Radio Technology Day

U.S. Geological Survey

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society is hosting a day long event for amateur radio operators, at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Palo Alto, from 8 AM to 9 PM. U.S. Geological Survey scientist Brad Aagaard will present a lecture about new findings about the 1906 San Francisco and 1868 Hayward earthquakes.

Concord Housing Information Fair Spring Fling

US Coast Guard, Work Life, Unit Ombudsmen, TriCare/TriWest, Red Cross, etc.

2nd Annual Information Fair to help inform Coast Guard families of the Concord area about disaster preparedness.

Press Conferences

The 1868 Hayward Earthquake: 139 years and counting...

U.S. Geological Survey, Association of Bay Area Governments, Hayward Area Historical and Society Museum, Vice Mayor-City of Hayward

1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance members will be holding a press conference announcing the USGS's new map showing the shaking produced by the October 21, 1868 Hayward earthquake, the 12th most deadly earthquake in U.S. History. The new map will be used to tell us what area are most at risk from a repeat of a magnitude 6-7 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Video included.

Hayward Fault: America's Most Dangerous Press Conference?

U.S. Geological Survey, RMS, ABAG, CGS, EERI, City of Oakland

Join members of the 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance as they discuss ongoing earthquake preparations.

Forecasting California's Earthquakes

U.S. Geological Survey, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), and California Geological Survey (CGS)

California has more than a 99% chance of having a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake within the next 30 years, according to scientists using a new model to determine the probability of big quakes.

Press Conference: Trace the Hayward Fault: Online and On the Ground

U.S. Geological Survey, 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance

On May 22, 2008, The USGS will release three new educational publications that will trace the Hayward Fault on the Web and on the ground. The Hayward Fault is located in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area and is recognized as the area's most hazardous and urbanized fault, which is most likely to produce a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake in the greater Bay Area in the next 30 years. The publications are written for the general public and educators interested in learning more about the hazards this dangerous fault poses to the region. The three publications include: (1) A 4-page fact sheet that describes the first San Francisco 1868 Hayward earthquake that devastated the region nearly 140 years ago. (2) A "virtual tour" of the Hayward Fault using Google Earth? software that shows where the fault is located, historical photographs of damage, and the type of soils most prone to damage from earthquakes. (3) A "Green" guidebook of the Hayward Fault available online and as a downloadable file on the Web, which encourages the general public to use public transit to get up close and see the geological features and effects caused by an urban Bay Area fault.

Public Lectures, Open Houses & Tours

Cal Day - Seismo Lab Open House

Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, University of California Berkeley

The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory holds an open house on Calday. Come learn about earthquakes.

A tectonic time bomb in our backyard: Earthquake potential of the Hayward fault

Berkeley Seismological Laboratory

Roland Burgmann, professor at UC Berkeley, will introduce us to the Hayward Fault and discuss what we have learned about the hazards it presents to the East Bay.

A tectonic time bomb in our backyard: Earthquake potential of the Hayward fault

Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, UC Berkeley's CalDay

Tick, tick, tick. As part of CalDay, the Lawson lecture on the dangers of the Hayward Fault to our communities will be repeated.

The California Earthquake Authority: Past, Present, and Future - Chapter meeting of EERINC

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Tim Richison, Chief Financial Officer of the California Earthquake Authority will give a talk "The California Earthquake Authority: Past, Present, and Future" to the Northern California Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. All are welcome.

Chapter meeting - talks by USGS scientists about the Hayward fault

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Open to the public

Earthquake Fault Walk, Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon

Math Science Nucleus

Lecture will center on where the Hayward Fault is in Fremont and what features you can see around town that helps traces the fault. Information will also be given on future plans of a possible trail that will go from the Fremont BART Station to the Irvington BART Station.

Past and Future Earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area

Northern California Geological Society, U.S. Geological Survey

The NCGS is pleased to announce a special dinner and evening with Dr. David Schwartz of the USGS, senior earthquake scientist.

The Great Quake of 1868

Fremont Main Library is pleased to present Timothy Swenson speaking on “The Great Quake of 1868” on Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in the Fukaya Room.

East Bay Stories of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake

Richard Schwartz, Historian

This talk will reveal first hand accounts of living through the 1868 Hayward Earthquake. People of the East Bay will have their stories retold from first hand accounts.

East Bay Stories of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake

Richard Schwartz, Historian, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association

Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated lecture on the 1868 Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated lecture on the Great 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake. It will include first hand accounts of survivors, little known facts of the quake, what the people learned from the quake, buildings that are still standing that survived the 1868 earthquake.

Phoenix Rising

San Francisco City Guides, Salvation Army, San Francisco Public Library

Twice-monthly tours decribing how cooking breakfast after the 1906 earthquake destroyed the neighborhood around San Francisco's City Hall and how the city rushed to rise from the ashes. www.sfcityguides.org

Ready for the Next Big Bay Area Earthquake?

U.S. Geological Survey

A free public lecture on the 1868 Hayward Earthquake and the Hayward Fault will be presented as part of the USGS Public Lecture series. The 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake was not the Bay Area's "Big One" but a repeat of the destructive 1868 Hayward earthquake may qualify!

The 1868 Hayward Earthquake

U.S. Geological Survey

SF Ready is presenting free public lectures on scientific earthquake research, projections, and risk probability information that will assist SF business planning, response and recovery. 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance Chair Tom Brocher will make a presentation about the 1868 quake and how a repeat of that quake might impact San Francisco.

Water Conservation Showcase

U.S. Geological Survey, East Bay Municipal Utility District, PG&E

The Pacific Gas & Electric Company, EBMUD, and others have organized a Water Conservation Showcase at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco. University of California Berkeley Professor Ray Seed and USGS earthquake geologist David Schwartz will make a joint presentation entitled "Earthquakes and the Bay Area Water Supply System" starting at 6:00 PM.

Economic Round Table of San Francisco

U.S. Geological Survey, San Francisco Economic Round Table

The members (and non-members guests) of the San Francisco Economic Round Table are from different sectors of the business community in San Francisco. Members meet weekly every Wednesday morning 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Portsmouth Square, San Francisco. Speakers focus on current issues in business, politics, law, etc.

The Hayward Fault in Google Earth - Visualizing Past, Present, and Future Earthquakes

U.S. Geological Survey

In this free public lecture, USGS scientists David Schwartz, Heather Lackey, Luke Blair, and Scott Haefner take you on a virtual tour of the Bay Area's most urbanized fault.

TV Shows, Films, Music & Radio

Hayward Fault Music and TV Productions

Skyline College

Production of original music about earthquakes and television program on the Hayward Earthquake Alliance.

Earthquake Alliance Showplace

Skyline College, Earth Art Productions

A documentary video which will focus on both period and current events related to the 1868 Earthquake.

KALW City Visions: Disaster Preparedness - How ready are you?

U.S. Geological Survey, San Francisco Fire Dept., CESA, San Francisco OES

Tom Brocher, 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance director, will participate in a radio talk show about disaster preparedness.


U.S. Geological Survey

1868 Alliance member Jack Boatwright of the USGS will appear on KQED FM 88.7 FORUM hosted by Michael Krasny to discuss the Hayward Fault and earthquake preparedness. Friday, October 19, at 9 AM.

Workshops & Conferences

Northern California Disaster Readiness Conference

American Red Cross-Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Hosted American Red Cross Chapters

Sept 3: For Businesses, Schools, Non-profits and essential services; Sept 3-7: For Red Cross Volunteers and Partners Agencies.

Seismic Retrofit Workshop for Homeowners

Association of Bay Area Governments, SEONC

Learn what needs to be done to effectively retrofit your single-family home. This is one of a series of workshops being offered to homeowners living along the Hayward fault.

Third Conference on Earthquake Hazards in the Eastern San Francisco Bay Area

California Geological Survey, USGS, CSU East Bay, University of California Berkeley, EERI, URS Corporation

A three day conference on earthquake hazards in the East San Francisco Bay will be held at CSU East Bay, October 22-24, 2008. As part of the conference, a free public forum on earthquake hazards and preparedness will be in the evening of October 23, 2008.

CESA (California Emergency Services Association) Workshop

City of Richmond, Office of Emergency Services, CESA (California Emergency Services Association) Coastal Chapter

CESA workshop on new earthquake hazard information on the Hayward and Calaveras faults as well as new tools and technology.

REACT/CERT Bi-Annual Community Disaster Drill

City of Richmond, Office of Emergency Services

Tri City Bi Annual Hands on Community Disaster Drill and Refresher Training.

Shelter-In-Place Drill for All Schools

City of Richmond, Office of Emergency Services, Contra Costa CAER (Community Awareness & Emergency Response)

Shelter-In-Place Drills for all schools, daycares,etc. across the county.

Countywide CERT Program Hands On Drill

City of Richmond, Office of Emergency Services, Contra Costa County Cities CERT Programs

27 agencies across Contra Costa County will be conducting CERT drills on Saturday October 25, 2008 to test the skills of CERT graduates in fire suppression, triage and disaster medical, cribbing & lifting, search and rescue and team building efforts.

American Geophysical Union Special Session on the Hayward Fault

U.S. Geological Survey, UC Berkeley, Math & Science Nucleus, California Geological Survey

Two special sessions on the Hayward Fault will be held at the American Geophysical Union in December, 2007, at West Moscone Conference Center, San Francisco. The sessions will focus on scientific progress, outreach and public awareness efforts.

5th Annual Northern California Earthquake Hazards Workshop

U.S. Geological Survey

The Annual Northern California Earthquake Hazards Workshop is a conference for scientists funded by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program for Northern California studies.

The Hayward Fault: 140 Years after the 1868 Hayward Earthquake

U.S. Geological Survey, California Geological Survey, Seismological Society of America

A Special Session on the Hayward Fault 140 years after the 1868 Hayward Earthquake will be held at the Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting 16-18 April, 2008 at Santa Fe, New Mexico