This week's 4.5 earthquake epicentered in Pleasant Hill and felt around the East Bay reminds us of the need to be prepared for a larger one.
Striking at 10:33 pm Monday, the earthquake jolted many residents. I live on bay fill on the Richmond shoreline and definitely felt it. It was preceded by a smaller earthquake in the area.
Today is the 30th anniversary of California's deadly Loma Prieta earthquake, which is a good opportunity to review preparedness tips that can save lives and prevent damage.
U.S. Geological Survey scientists predict there is a
63% chance of a deadly 6.7 magnitude
earthquake (about the strength of the 1989 Loma Prieta quake)
the Bay Area within the next 30 years.
Here's a short list of essential items you should have in your emergency kit which should last you for at least 7 days:
- Battery powered or hand cranked radio
- Non-perishable food
- Emergency contact list
- Pet food and supplies
Don't forget to secure tall furniture, like bookcases, china cabinets, and hutches, to walls.
Often, home gas lines rupture during a major earthquake and cause fires. I'm proud to have sponsored an ordinance in Contra Costa that requires the installation of an automatic gas shut-off valve in new construction, major home remodels and at the time of sale of your home. I have one on my house. Consider one for yours.
If you're a property owner and interested in California earthquake insurance check out
from the state insurance commissioner.
For additional information about disaster preparedness, here are some helpful links:
Our local cities also provide great emergency response training (CERT) to residents for free. Check with your city for further information.