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Bay Area better prepared since Loma Prieta earthquake
Released: 10/8/2009 6:53:30 PM

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

On October 17, minutes before the scheduled start of the third game of the 1989 World Series in San Francisco, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the California coast from Monterey to San Francisco. Centered near Loma Prieta peak in the mountains south of San Jose, the quake killed 63 people and caused an estimated $6 billion to $10 billion in property loss. It was the first large temblor to jolt the burgeoning urban region since the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

Since 1989, the work of the U.S. Geological Survey and other organizations has improved our understanding of the seismic threat in the Bay region, promoted awareness of earthquake hazards, and contributed to more effective strategies to reduce earthquake losses. Scientific, technological, and engineering advances have made the San Francisco Bay Area better prepared today for the next large earthquake in the region.

What: A press conference including short remarks from the U.S. Geological Survey, Caltrans, and the City of Oakland Mayor's office

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Cypress Freeway Memorial Park, Oakland, CA

          On the SW corner of 14th Street and Mandela Parkway/Cypress Street

Who: Jack Boatwright, USGS Seismologist
       David Schwartz, USGS Geologist
       Representative from City of Oakland
       Representative from Caltrans

In addition to those making remarks, the following organizations have been invited, and representatives will be available for one-on-one interviews after the press conference:

FEMA, California Geological Survey, California Emergency Management Agency, BART, PG&E, East Bay Municipal Utility District, San Francisco Municipal Utility District, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association, California Seismic Safety Commission, and the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.

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