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Posted on: August 24, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Bay Area Experiences Several Earthquake "Reminders"

Quakes ranging from 3.6 to 4.0 have been striking along the Hayward fault in the area of the Berkeley Hills. This is just 15 miles or so from our community! Many have felt these tremors; you can be certain that anything larger, with an epicenter of only 15 miles away is going to provide quite a jolt! You can anticipate damage for a temblor over the 5.0 range with an epicenter so close. Anything over 6.0 is going to most likely present problems. Injuries are possible.

The series of small quakes serves as a reminder to prepare. Besides a home kit, you should have supplies in your vehicle in case you are not at home and become stranded due to bridges and overpasses shutting down for inspections. Always have a first aid kit within close range with things like band aids, antibiotic ointment and supplies to bandage minor wounds such as cuts from broken glass. Some sort of preferred pain reliever should also be in your kit.

No matter how small, always look for sturdy furniture or doorways along bearing walls to duck into. Most people are injured by falling objects when really no building damage occurs. Don't be a victim. Have a plan at home and at work. Know where you are going to duck-and-cover in a quake.

More information on disaster preparedness is located on this website.

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