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Are you prepared for a Bay Area earthquake?

State officials emphasize need to prepare for a big quake

Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Thursday, July 4, and a 7.1-magnitude one on Friday, July 5, -- both of which originated near Ridgecrest in Southern California -- seismologists are warning against the aftershocks and emphasizing the value of preparedness across the state.

"We estimate that there is a 1 in 10 chance that Searles Valley will see another M7. That is a 9 in 10 chance tonight's M7.1 was the largest," tweeted Lucy Jones, a California Institute of Technology seismologist, about the probability of a greater earthquake.

While these earthquakes were not felt by many in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a 62% probability that at least one earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater will occur on a known or unknown fault in the region before 2032, according to a report by the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey.

"As Californians, we always have to be prepared for the next earthquake," said Gov. Gavin Newsom. The state is considered to be one of the three high-risk areas by the Department of Homeland Security, along with Alaska and the Mississippi Valley.

Before and earthquake, some steps to take for safety include strengthening the building, securing objects that might fall and gathering critical documents like identification, legal and medical files, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Assembling an emergency supply kit should also be a priority, and FEMA recommends having these items in the kit:

Water: Make sure you have a gallon per person per day for at least three days;

Food: Store at least a three-day supply of nonperishable foods, including infant formula and pet food;

Flashlight, radio and cellphone charger;

Medical: Include a first aid kit and both prescription and over-the-counter medications;

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Sanitation supplies;

Assistive technology: Include battery backup power for power-dependent mobility devices, oxygen and other assistive technology needs;

Clothing and blankets;

Whistle: Include a whistle to signal for help;

Fire extinguisher;

Cash: Store cash in case ATMs are not functioning after the earthquake.

Visit www.ready.gov/earthquakes to learn more about earthquakes and resources available before, during and after one.

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Are you prepared for a Bay Area earthquake?

State officials emphasize need to prepare for a big quake

Uploaded: Tue, Jul 9, 2019, 11:12 am

Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Thursday, July 4, and a 7.1-magnitude one on Friday, July 5, -- both of which originated near Ridgecrest in Southern California -- seismologists are warning against the aftershocks and emphasizing the value of preparedness across the state.

"We estimate that there is a 1 in 10 chance that Searles Valley will see another M7. That is a 9 in 10 chance tonight's M7.1 was the largest," tweeted Lucy Jones, a California Institute of Technology seismologist, about the probability of a greater earthquake.

While these earthquakes were not felt by many in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a 62% probability that at least one earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater will occur on a known or unknown fault in the region before 2032, according to a report by the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey.

"As Californians, we always have to be prepared for the next earthquake," said Gov. Gavin Newsom. The state is considered to be one of the three high-risk areas by the Department of Homeland Security, along with Alaska and the Mississippi Valley.

Before and earthquake, some steps to take for safety include strengthening the building, securing objects that might fall and gathering critical documents like identification, legal and medical files, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Assembling an emergency supply kit should also be a priority, and FEMA recommends having these items in the kit:

Water: Make sure you have a gallon per person per day for at least three days;

Food: Store at least a three-day supply of nonperishable foods, including infant formula and pet food;

Flashlight, radio and cellphone charger;

Medical: Include a first aid kit and both prescription and over-the-counter medications;

Sanitation supplies;

Assistive technology: Include battery backup power for power-dependent mobility devices, oxygen and other assistive technology needs;

Clothing and blankets;

Whistle: Include a whistle to signal for help;

Fire extinguisher;

Cash: Store cash in case ATMs are not functioning after the earthquake.

Visit www.ready.gov/earthquakes to learn more about earthquakes and resources available before, during and after one.

— Bay City News Service

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Steve Taffee
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm
Steve Taffee, Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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One of the best ways to prepare yourself and your loved ones for an earthquake is by way of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) a local volunteer organization sponsored at the national leveal by FEMA, the state level by the CA Office of Emergency Services, and the local level by the Menlo Parl Fire Protection District.

For more information on CERT go to Web Link. If you live outside the MPFPD, contact your local fire department, most of which sponsor a CERT program.

CERT will help you prepare for and respond to a disaster when it occurs.


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