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Media Advisory: New Study Shows Odds High for Big California Quakes
Released: 4/11/2008 8:59:54 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Leslie Gordon, USGS 1-click interview
Phone: 650-329-4006

Mark Benthien, SCEC
Phone: 213-740-5843

Don Drysdale, CGS
Phone: 916-323-1886

Scientists report new state-wide probabilities of earthquakes in California as a result of a first-of-its-kind model of earthquake fault rupture. The consensus of the scientific community on this important issue allows for the first time, meaningful comparisons of the hazards in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as comparisons among several large faults. Building codes, emergency planning, and earthquake insurance rates will be affected by the results of this new comprehensive study, highlighting the urgency to prepare now for inevitable future quakes.

SCEC logoRemote viewing: The press conference will be webcast live. Connect to http://www.scec.org/ucerf/webcast on Monday, April 14, at 10:00 a.m. PDT to view. This link will not be active before the press conference begins.

What: News conference discussing results of the first ever statewide, comprehensive model of earthquake rupture in California.

Who: Earthquake experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, the California Geological Survey, and the Southern California Earthquake Center.

In Los Angeles:

  • Tom Jordan, SCEC
  • Ned Field, USGS
  • Chris Wills, CGS

In Menlo Park:

  • Ross Stein, USGS
  • David Schwartz, USGS
  • Tom Brocher, USGSTom Parsons, USGS
  • Tim Dawson, CGS

When: Monday, April 14, 2008, 10:00 a.m., PDT

Where: The press conference will take place in two locations simultaneously. An initial short presentation will be web cast from Los Angeles to Menlo Park, and scientists will be available for questions and interviews at each location.

Southern California

USC, Davidson Conference Center

3415 S. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA

Enter USC gate 4 on Jefferson Blvd at Royal St., and follow signs to the event. News vans enter USC from Figueroa through gate at West 34th street.


San Francisco Bay Area

U.S. Geological Survey

Building 3 Auditorium

345 Middlefield Road

Menlo Park, California


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