It’s oh-so-fun living on the San Andreas Fault

    San Andreas Fault liquification scenario
    San Andreas Fault liquefaction scenario
    San Andreas Fault liquefaction scenario

    Some day. Some day. But when? 

    Ove the past 10 years I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area there have been many minor earthquakes and tremors. Amusing enough when you realize nothing serious is happening.

    In the back of our minds though we all wonder, when?

    And also… then what?

    Local stores sell earthquake survival kits and news outlets encourage us to be ready. We will of course never know what exactly to expect until that dreaded day arrives. Not since 1989 has the Bay Area had to deal with such a catastrophe — almost 20 years. 

    Today, the San Jose Mercury News published a story about “seismic risk” with updated maps from the U.S. Geological Survey of the San Andres Fault risk here in San Jose. Liquefaction, as the name implies, is pretty bad. The ground turns almost liquid-like, causing homes to sink or topple. Also it would be curtains for eBay, Cisco, the San Jose Merc and the airport to name just a few close to the high probabliity areas.

    The interchange at highway 87 and 101, the article reports, is a particular risk… not something Loni wants to hear. She drives it every day to Adobe!

    If we do liquify, I will just look for the out stretched hand from the sand holding a BlackBerry, and know that Loni is safe.

    (We purchased in Loreto Bay for a vacation getaway, but maybe it will become our escape hatch?)

    [Source: San Jose Mercury News, ‘News New seismic map reveals quake risks throughout San Jose‘]

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    • Al Graichen

      Having "lived" through a few and being under the Bay during the '89 quake, I regularly received emails from the US Geological Survey whenever a quake in CA is 4.0 or above. Mostly it's informational but it does help keep track of the major activity.

    • Jane Lurie

      You were under the Bay during the earthquake???…I'd love to hear about that some day. It gives me chills just to think about it, even though it's supposed to be a "safe" place during an earthquake.

    • Al Graichen

      Let's just say it was a "c" ticket at Disneyland. Rocked from side to side and up and down (visibly). Wish I'd had a camcorder going at the time as I was standing at the end of a car about 5 cars from the front. The driver brought it out manually to Oakland West which was when radios started working and we saw the remains of the 880 overpass.

    • Al Graichen

      Having “lived” through a few and being under the Bay during the ’89 quake, I regularly received emails from the US Geological Survey whenever a quake in CA is 4.0 or above. Mostly it’s informational but it does help keep track of the major activity.

      • Jane Lurie

        You were under the Bay during the earthquake???…I’d love to hear about that some day. It gives me chills just to think about it, even though it’s supposed to be a “safe” place during an earthquake.

    • Al Graichen

      Let’s just say it was a “c” ticket at Disneyland. Rocked from side to side and up and down (visibly). Wish I’d had a camcorder going at the time as I was standing at the end of a car about 5 cars from the front. The driver brought it out manually to Oakland West which was when radios started working and we saw the remains of the 880 overpass.

    • Al Graichen

      Having “lived” through a few and being under the Bay during the ’89 quake, I regularly received emails from the US Geological Survey whenever a quake in CA is 4.0 or above. Mostly it’s informational but it does help keep track of the major activity.

      • Jane Lurie

        You were under the Bay during the earthquake???…I’d love to hear about that some day. It gives me chills just to think about it, even though it’s supposed to be a “safe” place during an earthquake.

    • Al Graichen

      Let’s just say it was a “c” ticket at Disneyland. Rocked from side to side and up and down (visibly). Wish I’d had a camcorder going at the time as I was standing at the end of a car about 5 cars from the front. The driver brought it out manually to Oakland West which was when radios started working and we saw the remains of the 880 overpass.