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Media Advisory: Tracing the Hayward Fault —Online and On the Ground
Released: 5/19/2008 1:52:38 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Paul Laustsen 1-click interview
Phone: 650-329-4046

Leslie Gordon 1-click interview
Phone: 650-329-4006

Ever wonder exactly where the Hayward Fault is? Three U.S. Geological Survey scientists will be on hand to announce three new educational publications, showing you just where to look.

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With the 140th anniversary of the 1868 Hayward earthquake fast approaching, the USGS is dedicated to providing information that will prepare the public for a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake likely to happen in the greater Bay Area in the next 30 years. The commemoration date reflects an important milestone: the past 5 large earthquakes on the Hayward Fault have been on average about 140 years apart, so a repeat of this powerful earthquake could happen at any moment.

Who: USGS Earthquake Scientists

  • Tom Brocher, author of fact sheet The Hayward Fault-Is it due for a repeat of the powerful 1868 earthquake?
  • Luke Blair, creator of the Hayward Fault "virtual tour" using Google EarthTM software
  • Phil Stoffer, author of Where's the Hayward Fault? A Green Guide to the Hayward Fault

What: Press conference detailing the above publications with question and answer session immediately following. A short guided tour of the Hayward Fault will follow the press conference.

Where: Hayward Area Historical and Society Museum, 22701 Main Street, Hayward, CA 94541

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2008

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