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Earthquake Scientists and Engineers Gather on Hayward Fault
Released: 10/21/2008 7:26:25 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Keith Knudsen (URS Corp)
Phone: 510-874-3120 (o), 510-332-9632 (c)

Barry Zepel (CSU EB)
Phone: 510-885-3884 (o), 510-589-8939 (c)

Leslie Gordon, Paul Laustsen 1-click interview
Phone: 650-329-4006/650-329-4046

In partnership with: CA State University Easy Bay, Hayward Earthquake Alliance


Conference on Earthquake Hazards in the East San Francisco Bay Over 200 earthquake professionals are expected to attend this three day technical conference on earthquake hazard and risk in the East Bay. A full program including presentations, posters, and field trips is online.

In addition to the scientific presentations, a free public forum on earthquake hazards and earthquake preparedness will be held in the evening of October 23:

Are you ready for the Next Big Earthquake? FREE Public Lecture and Preparedness Fair


Meeting organizers include the California Geological Survey, the U.S. Geological Survey, CSU East Bay, University of California Berkeley, Seismological Society of America, Northern California Chapter of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, and URS Corporation.

Speakers at the technical conference include many of the Bay Area's preeminent earthquake scientists.  The President of CSU East Bay, Mohammad H. Qayoumi; the California State Geologist and Director of the California Geological Survey, John Parrish; and the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Regional Director, Anne Kinsinger, will be making welcoming remarks at the opening of the Conference, Tuesday at 8:00 a.m..

Speakers at the public forum will include Tom Brocher, USGS, Madelyn Mackie, American Red Cross, and Craig Ishida, CSU East Bay.

Exhibitors at the preparedness fair include: USGS, 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance, FEMA, California Geological Survey, Your Safety Place, SmartReady.com, United Policyholders, CSU East Bay Hayward and others.


  • Technical Conference: October 22 to 26, 2008, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Public Forum: October 23, 2008, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


New University Union Bldg, Multipurpose Room

California State University East Bay (CSUEB)

25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94542-3004

    • A map of the CSUEB campus showing the press conference location at the lower right (New Union Bldg, Multipurpose Room, near the southern end of campus)
    • Driving instructions
    • Park in Parking Lot B (directly across street from New Univ. Union) or park in the adjacent soccer field. Arrive early for the best spots.
    • Public Transit to CSUEB


With the 140th anniversary of the 1868 Hayward earthquake on October 21, earthquake professionals, the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other members of the 1868 Alliance are providing information to prepare the public for a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake likely to happen in the greater Bay Area in the next 30 years. This anniversary 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 time.

Read additional information on the 1868 Hayward Earthquake commemoration public events.

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