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Media Advisory

May 19, 2008
Paul Laustsen

Leslie Gordon 650-329-4006 lgordon@usgs.gov

Tracing the Hayward Fault: Online and On the Ground

Ever wonder exactly where the Hayward Fault is? Three U.S. Geological Survey scientists will be on hand to announce three new educational publications, showing you just where to look.

With the 140th anniversary of the 1868 Hayward earthquake fast approaching, the USGS is dedicated to providing information that will prepare the public for a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake likely to happen in the greater Bay Area in the next 30 years. The commemoration date reflects an important milestone: the past 5 large earthquakes on the Hayward Fault have been on average about 140 years apart, so a repeat of this powerful earthquake could happen at any moment.

Who:    USGS Earthquake Scientists
  • Tom Brocher, author of fact sheet The Hayward Fault—Is it due for a repeat of the powerful 1868 earthquake?
  • Luke Blair, creator of the Hayward Fault “virtual tour” using Google Earth™ software
  • Phil Stoffer, author of Where’s the Hayward Fault? A Green Guide to the Hayward Fault
What:    Press conference detailing the above publications with question and answer session immediately following. A short guided tour of the Hayward Fault will follow the press conference.     

Where:    Hayward Area Historical and Society Museum, 22701 Main Street, Hayward, CA 94541

When:    9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2008

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