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Cover Story - April 30, 2008

All shook up

A big earthquake will likely strike the Bay Area in coming years — so why isn't everyone ready?

by Arden Pennell

Six months ago, Steve Walter bought a new bookcase for his home. Walter, a seismologist with the Menlo Park office of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), knows heavy furniture ought to be anchored to walls so it doesn't topple in a major earthquake.

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Posted by a, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 30, 2008 at 7:46 am

I think the Big One is going to hit before 2012.

Posted by a, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 30, 2008 at 7:50 am

Summer 2012 is when all the ice melts in the artic and antarctic and there will be no ice to keep the pressure down on the plates. Everything is going to move...from Alaska to Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and California.

Posted by Judy Kleinberg, a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Great story and I hope it inspires a lot of individual as well as community action. One correction: I didn't say we should be prepared in the manner of "hands free driving." I said "hands free phoning while driving." Small but important detail! Again, thanks for focusing on an important matter that everyone must take some responsibility for.

Posted by Annette, a resident of Midtown
on May 1, 2008 at 11:39 am

Hi All

Another correction for the article, I wanted to be sure everyone had a cache of water (1 gallon per person for 3-5 dyas), plus supplies for pets, a radio tuned to our local emergency station KZSU (90.1 FM) and a supply of cash - small bills. I did not say that I had money stashed around the house.

I share Judy's sentiments, and hope this article gives everyone the momentum to take one step forward in preparedness. Find someone on your block to take the lead in being the "eyes and ears" and tie into our growing neighborhood networks.

Thanks to the Weekly for raising awareness, Annette

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