Helpful Earthquake Preparations, Tips, and Links for the West Coast 2013

February 7th, 2013
In today’s day in age everyone is anticipating the next BiG event. Some are preparing, some are speculating, and some are just fantasizing it to become some unrealistic outcome. No mater what the future holds, if you are living along the West Coast there are a number of possibilities that are realistic, possible, and inevitable. The one that could strike in a heart beat and devastate cities and towns without warning is earthquakes. Here are some helpful guides, tips, and links to guide one through the process to becoming a bit safer along this active coast we call home:
Simple start

20130207-120147.jpgNote: A licensed professional must be the one to turn the gas back on.

Here are the two versions of the USGS “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country”:

Northern CaliforniaSouthern California

These were last update in 2005(Northern California) and 2011(Southern California). The information in these are paramount to surviving and coping with the event of an earthquake no matter where you are.
This is a data map showing the San Francisco bay area and all the sister faults that are link throughout. Notice that not only is the San Andreas fault expected to rupture and cause a major 6.8 or greater earthquake, but a more likely possibility would be the Rodgers Creek fault or the Hayward Fault, sending the forces into the hearts of towns like Santa Rosa, Petaluma , Hayward, and San Francisco. After any one of these events, the entire Bay Area will be rebuilding for years and many will become homeless, jobless, and/or loss a loved one.


The best way to become prepared is to want to live a safer and more reasonable life along the West Coast. Start by picking up or downloading the manual mentioned in this post from the USGS, and fallow all the recommendation mentioned within it. Stay safe all.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. About your reminder for people to shut off their gas if they smell gas after a big quake: I think the only safe thing to do is have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed. What if you’re not home when the quake hits? The other issue: I do in-home earthquake consultations, and at the end of the consult I always check the manual gas shut-off valve to see if it’s working. In at least 70% of the time I cannot make the valve move at all – it is “frozen” shut by rust or paint, and would take a large plumber’s wrench to shut-off. Larry,

    1. wcmobilenews says:

      Thank you for the helpful hints. Please feel free to check out more on this site and inform the followers about information that could help them to be more prepared for a real event.

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