Text Box: Newsletter of the Physical Sciences at Solano Community College

1906 Earthquake Centennial Preparing for the Next Big one

The last great earthquake in the Bay Area was the April 18, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. These large earthquakes happen in cycles: the fault becomes locked and does not move for a period of about 150 years and then breaks in a catastrophic earthquake.

The question is not IF the next big one will occur, but WHEN. The probability is 62% for a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake occurring in the Bay Area in the next 30 years.

The USGS [http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2005/15/] offers an excellent pamphlet on how to prepare for the next big one. Please take the time to review it.

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) [http://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/eqmaps/] provides shaking intensity maps with enough detail to determine how well your neighborhood will do during the next big one.

-Mark Feighner

Google Earth

Have you seen Google Earth? With this program, you have the world at your fingertips. Type in your street address and the program will zoom from space to your house. You may even be able to see your car parked in the driveway!

The program seamlessly combines air and satellite photos and allows you to zoom to any feature on the earth. The photo at right is the Solano campus from Google Earth. To download the program, go to:


To take a flyby tour of the Hayward Fault, go to this USGS site:

Hayward Fault Flyby

Enjoy seeing our world with new eyes!

-Mark Feighner