Earthquake preparedness: A set of stories from Oakland North

on August 24, 2011

After yesterday’s surprising earthquake on the East Coast, and two tiny temblors in the Bay Area, we’ve noticed a surge of traffic to our earthquake preparation stories, so we wanted to make them easier for everyone to find. Here are a few that might come in handy:

Is Oakland ready for its next big earthquake? Oakland North reporter Dara Kerr provided this comprehensive report in May, looking into how well Bay Area governments have prepared for a major quake, and how well Oakland’s housing stock is expected to hold up in a major disaster.

After a quake, what will happen to the Bay Area’s water supply? Reporter Max Siegel finds out whether we’ll still have water service after a big quake.

In the wake of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, reporter Lauren Callahan reported on the American Red Cross’ earthquake preparation efforts: The Red Cross encourages Bay Area residents to “Get Prepared”

We’ve also taken a look back at the Bay Area’s biggest quake in recent history, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. In 2009, on the quake’s 20th anniversary, we did several pieces in which survivors looked back on their memories of the day:

Echoes of Loma Prieta: Twenty years after the quake

Oakland remembers earthquake, Cypress collapse

Remembering the surgery inside the freeway collapse

And finally, reporter Shannon Service asked a very good question: 20 years after quake, how green is the bridge retrofit?

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Image: An Association of Bay Area Governments map of “soft story” buildings in Oakland; these buildings can be vulnerable to earthquake damage. Courtesy of ABAG.  

Photo by Basil D Soufi
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