Images from Palo Alto's Quakeville campout/drill

People grabbed pets ahead of valuable items in San Bruno gas-main explosion and fire

Palo Altans camping out at Quakeville, Palo Alto's simulated earthquake reaction this weekend, found themselves engaged in a surprise "missing person" search Saturday night. Here are some images of the event.

As of Saturday morning, nearly 50 people had registered for the overnight event.

Despite an initial ban, pets were allowed after all at the weekend "Quakeville" emergency-preparedness campout/drill at Juana Briones Park -- thanks to Thursday's gas-main explosion and fire in San Bruno.

Quakeville organizer Lydia Kou changed her mind to allow pets because of the recent fire disaster in San Bruno. Kou said she heard stories of how people grabbed their pets first and left many other valuable objects in their homes to burn.

"Maybe pets are something we need to put as a top priority," Kou said. "If people are going to be grabbing their pets in disaster circumstances, then they should be allowed here."

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Posted by resident
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Thank you, Lydia Kou, and everyone else who volunteered for this to help us prepare locally for disasters. Please keep the momentum going and plan one again next year!

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 14, 2010 at 12:20 am

Has the city ever done some kind of audit to estimate the magnitude of problems should we get hit with an Earthquake.

At first thought I would think it would be quite minor because Palo Alto is mostly single family dwellings and low rise buildings. I think most of our over/underpasses have been retrofitted.

Unless we had a fault run right through town, like the movie 2012, I wonder what the major issues would be. Of course we could have gas and fire or power outages. I guess that could be very bad. Again, any estimates or items that stick out?

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