Earthquake Risk and Preparedness is topic on October 28

by Contributed Content on October 23, 2023

The Bay Area is earthquake country with multiple active faults. Being prepared will save lives, reduce injuries and housing displacements, and  speed recovery.

On Saturday, October 28, from 9:00 to 10:30, come to Trinity Hall at Trinity Church (330 Ravenswood Ave.) to learn about preparedness from Stephen Walter, a retired seismologist formerly with the Earthquake Science Center at the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Free and open to all; family friendly. Refreshments and a raffle included.

Steve lives in Menlo Park and has also taken the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training. His 35-year career with the USGS included helping develop the publication Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country: Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Steve will explain the science behind the USGS findings for regular quakes on the southern Hayward fault. The last six quakes (in 1134, 1317, 1475, 1629, 1725, and 1868) occurred at intervals of 95 to 183 years. The 1868 quake had an estimated magnitude of between 6.8-7.0.

This event is sponsored by MPC (Menlo Park Community) Ready, a neighborhood-level disaster preparedness organization. Please contact Lynne Bramlett at 650-380-3028 or questions or visit

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