Friday, November 02, 2007

What's Shakin'?

This past Tuesday at 8:05 p.m., the entire Bay Area was, in response to the 30 sec. magnitude-5.6 tremblor that occurred near the junction of the Calaveras and Hayward fault lines. The epicenter of the quake was in the Diablo Range foothills east of San Jose, five miles from Alum Rock, seven miles from Milpitas and nine miles from San Jose City Hall. The shaker, scientists said, originated 5.7 miles below ground and was felt as far east as Sacramento and as far north as Sonoma. But what you probably didn't know was that after that "mainshock" quake, a 3.7 aftershock occurred the following afternoon (10/31), in the same exact spot. In addition, there have been over 50 small aftershocks at Alum Rock since Tuesday night, ranging between magnitudes 1.1 and 2.8.

In response to the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council's (CEPEC) evaluation of Tuesday night's quake, the state Office of Emergency Services recommends that residents of the San Francisco Bay region review their family emergency plans, check their emergency supplies, identify the "safe" and "potential danger" spots in each room, remove breakables from locations from which they can fall and cause injury, and stay tuned to the television or radio for further information (KCBS 740 AM and KSJO FM 92.3 - Spanish). Also, Adult 3-Day Emergency Preparedness Kits from the American Red Cross are available now at City Hall. Now's the time to get READY!

And to end on a lighter note...the Tunnel Ave. Bridge Dedication Ceremony will be shakin' tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Come and join us in the park-n-ride lot for a unique, "bottle-breaking," celebration!

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