Activities & Events

Join Bay Area residents, public officials and emergency preparedness experts to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Make connections with your neighbors and learn what to do in the event of an emergency — and help demonstrate how resilient the Bay Area is.

The Great California ShakeOut

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On Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16am, millions of people throughout California will participate at work, school, and home in the ShakeOut Drill, the largest earthquake preparedness activity in the U.S. The magnitude 6.0 South Napa earthquake is the most recent reminder of our need to be prepared. Join us as an individual or organization and learn how to participate.

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1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake 25th Anniversary Events

Ground Shaking in the Loma Prieta Earthquake: A View From 25 Years Later

Thursday, September 25, 2014

USGS public lecture by Research Geophysicist Brad Aagaard on the ground shaking in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The USGS Evening Public Lecture Series events are free and are intended for a general public audience that may not be familiar with the science being discussed. Our speakers are encouraged to thoroughly explain the subject matter being presented, and to define any words or terms that may be unfamiliar to those not having a background or familiarity with the material being presented.

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Earthquake Month @ The Tech Museum of Innovation

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – Saturday, October 25, 2014

October is Earthquake Month at The Tech Museum of Innovation, and there’s a whole slate of opportunities for you to come learn about and prepare for: California’s most unexpected natural phenomena — EARTHQUAKES! Join us at The Tech to explore earthquake preparedness with hands-on activities, earthquake labs, a chance to ride an earthquake simulator and daily showings of ‘Forces of Nature’ in our IMAX Dome theater.

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LP25 Kick-Off Event at NightLife at the Academy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LP25 kicks off on the eve of the Loma Prieta Earthquake for Nightlife at the Academy. Join us for a cocktail, music, and the premiere of the Cal Academy’s latest earthquake movie in the Planetarium and learn about San Francisco’s resilience and how to be ready for emergencies. 21+, ID required for entry. Brought to you by the City and County of San Francisco, Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, California Earthquake Authority, and the California Academy of Sciences.

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Loma Prieta 25 Symposium: Still on Shaky Ground

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A public policy symposium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, highlight the strengthening of Bay Area lifelines since the earthquake, and support future resilience action. The 25th Anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake offers Bay Area residents and regional leaders an opportunity to inspire regional action for safer, more resilient communities. This commemorative public policy symposium offers an exciting and relevant time to engage in creating a more resilient, adaptive future in our communities. Bay Area leaders, community advocates, and elected officials will launch a three-year public policy program designed to spark quick recovery from future disasters and enact place-based action for a safer future in the places we call home.

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CERT Speaker Series - Loma Prieta After 25 Years

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The kickoff of the Pleasant Hill CERT Speaker Series on October 16 will feature Dr. David Schwartz, USGS, discussing the devastation caused by the Loma Pireta earthquake, the history of Hayward Fault quakes, and the expected effects of a major earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Dr. David Schwartz is a senior geologist at USGS and co-chair of the Bay Area Earthquake Alliance.

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Loma Prieta 25th Anniversary Memorial in Oakland

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17th, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Please join us to remember the victims, rescuers and community members to helped serve others in their time of need. Please join our organization of former EMS/Fire/Police, medical and community members, in a moment of silence, as we remember the 62 victims and those injured at 5:04 PM on October 17, 2014. Martin Mora, an Allied Ambulance Paramedic who was on the team that rescued Buck Helm after 7 days, is an Executive Director and is helping coordinate the event.

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LP25 Preparedness Interactive at the Exploratorium

Friday, October 17, 2014

Join us at the Exploratorium as we share stories of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Jump right into the interactive exhibits and demonstrations that will help you prepare for any emergency. Visit an earthquake simulator and experience what happens when a large earthquake occurs, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, and find out more about earthquake and fire safety and other emergency preparedness practices. The day will culminate in a Taste of Preparedness (TOP) Chef Cook-Off hosted by the Salvation Army from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in which five teams will compete by creating a tasty meal using nonperishable ingredients.

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25 Years Later: Santa Cruz after the Loma Prieta Earthquake

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz will host a 25th anniversary commemoration of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of California, Santa Cruz, will join downtown merchants, past and present city officials, the American Red Cross and others to look back at the tragedy of 1989, how the community recovered and rebuilt itself, what scientists and communities have learned since then, and how Santa Cruz is prepared to be more resilient in the next big earthquake. Speakers will address what happened during the earthquake, the scientific setting, the recovery and rebuilding of the Santa Cruz downtown area since 1989, the ongoing earthquake hazard that California still faces, and how to be prepared for future earthquakes. General public is invited. Who: Chip, Santa Cruz Downtown Association, Executive Director Don Lane, Vice Mayor, City of Santa Cruz Susan Schwartz, UC Santa Cruz, Professor of Seismology Dick Wilson, former Santa Cruz City Manager Neal Coonerty, former Mayor, County Supervisor, and business owner Tom Brocher, USGS Earthquake Science Center Director Ginaia Kelly, American Red Cross, Santa Cruz County Chapter CEO

Reflect. Honor. Prepare. Bridging Generations & Communities Through Preparedness

Friday, October 17, 2014

The City of Oakland will mark the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake by hosting a community preparedness event. The preparedness fair will provide vital information on how residents and business owners can prepare for the next earthquake or other natural disaster. The city will have information tables providing details to plan the necessary 72 hours of self-sufficiency following a major disaster. The City’s Business Resiliency program will have information on how business owners can prepare for and recover from natural disasters. There will be many fun activities for kids. Fire trucks and engines from the Oakland Fire Department will be on display at the adjacent Fire Station 3, while emergency equipment from Oakland Public Works will stretch along Mandela Parkway. The Oakland Discovery Center will demonstrate basic seismic engineering techniques that help prevent building collapse during an earthquake. The Chabot Space & Science Center will be hosting a hands-on activity where youth build their own model structures out of marshmallows and toothpicks to test on the center’s shake table.

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Marina Earthquake Memorial Preliminary Design Unveiling

Friday, October 17, 2014

25th Annual Loma Prieta Earthquake Commemoration Event San Francisco’s Fire Department, Arts Commission and Marina Earthquake Memorial Steering Committee have partnered to create a memorial in remembrance of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The purpose of the memorial is to honor those firefighters and other first responders who fought to save the Marina neighborhood, and educate the public about the importance of disaster preparedness. Preliminary design will be unveiled 25th Annual Loma Prieta Earthquake Commemoration Event.

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Berkeley & Albany CERT Citywide Emergency Exercise

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Berkeley and Albany CERT Citywide Exercise provides participants an opportunity to practice a self-directed disaster response in their own homes, neighborhoods, businesses and workplaces. All individuals or community groups are encouraged to participate regardless of their level of CERT training or previous participation in City disaster preparedness activities.

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Be Prepared! Earthquake Family Event

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Be prepared! Mark the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake by learning what you can do to be prepared for the next earthquake. This is an educational family event all about earthquakes, plate tectonics, cultural impacts of earthquakes, safety and preparedness. * USGS scientists * Academy library staff with special collections * Docents with EQ demos and in EQ exhibit * TASC with the EQ prep game * CiS EQ cart * A sample “I’m OK Earthquake Kit” in the Early Explorers Cove. * Earthquake-themed story times. * “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” a puppet show about 2 earthquake-prepared kids.

Geology Workshop for Teachers - Hayward Fault

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Math Science Nucleus and Northern California Geological Society are hosting an Educator’s workshop starting at Tule Ponds at Tyson lagoon (1999 Walnut, 100 feet from Fremont BART Station) and walking the Hayward Fault to the Fremont Earthquake Exhibit. This event is intended for teachers and educators. The tour and lecture will focus on the principles of plate tectonics and the science behind how faulting occurs. Examples will span from elementary school to college level, and show the sequence that is needed to understand the creation of the coast of California. Please register online (limited to the first 30 people). Trip leader: Joyce R. Blueford, Ph.D., Geologist, Math Science Nucleus, (510) 790-6284

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Earthquake 2014 Business Preparedness Summit

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get Your Business EARTHQUAKE READY! Learn about the new FEMA QuakeSmart Recognition Program: A comprehensive assessment, engineering and retrofit program designed to keep businesses open post-earthquake. Attendees will learn from experts the steps needed to become “QuakeSmart Certified”, and to address vulnerabilities in structures, systems and spaces. Online registration is required, and is limited to the first 200 registrants.

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Discovery Days at AT&T Park - Bay Area Science Festival

Saturday, November 1, 2014

AT&T park is transformed into a science wonderland for the concluding event of the Bay Area Science Festival, the largest FREE celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in the Bay Area. Fun hands-on activities for students, families, and all ages. Last year, more than 30,000 people enjoyed a non-stop program chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. With more than 150 exhibits, everyone can find something that will unleash their inner scientist. The North Bay Science Discovery Day is also taking place at Sonoma County Fairgrounds on November 1st from 11 AM - 4 PM.

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