(Closed) Bay Area Bees: Earthquakes?

posted 5 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 4
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m from that area, and lived through the ’89 quake. I still remember it very clearly, though I was in elementary school at the time. The Cypress Structure, yikes — having driven on it all the time, I grew briefly obsessed with its collapse. Morbid little kid, I was. 😉

Earthquakes are just a risk you accept when you live out there; they aren’t something that you really think about on a daily basis. That said, I remember being drilled in school every once in a while on how to react to an earthquake. In short: get under a table or into a doorway the moment the shaking starts; DO NOT RUN OUTSIDE. If you are outside, DO NOT RUN INSIDE. Find something to shield you and stay where you are!

My only other advice to you is to have an emergency kit. This website, run by the SF Department of Emergency Management, provides all the details of what you should have in that kit. The most important thing is WATER, enough for at least three days for every member in your household. But it’s good to have other supplies as well, and the website lays that out quite neatly.

It’s such a gorgeous area; I miss it terribly and am tremendously envious that you get to live there! I’m an East Bay girl myself, and think nowhere else on earth is as beautiful, or has food as tasty. The produce alone will spoil you for anywhere else!

Post # 5
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oops, just saw this! The most important thing is to have emergency kits prepared. You want a minimum 3 day supply of food and water for each person plus pets – more if you have space. In a big quake you may not have utilities for many many days, and the roads may not be in good enough shape to leave. Have a kit at home, in your car – very important – and at work!

Have emergency contact info written down in a non-electronic place in all the same places you have a kit.

Never let your car get below half a tank if you can help it. Remember all those poor people who didn’t have gas in NY and NJ when the hurricane hit? That’s what it’ll be like if you get caught in an earthquake without enough gas. Since you never know when one will hit, always be prepared :-).

Here’s a good kit list:


The California Academy of Sciences in San Fran has an awesome earthquake preparedness exhibit if you feel like taking a little field trip!

Post # 6
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sometimes, like the one in ’89, earthquakes are a gigantic deal. It took my town almost a decade to fully rebuild. Most of the time, however, they’re more like this:

I wouldn’t worry about earthquakes. Earthquakes are nothing compared to tornados, floods, hurricanes, etc. Maybe once in ten years will you be awake during an earthquake that lasts long enough for you to go stand under a doorframe.

Post # 7
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@likewoah:  +1

i’ve lived here my entire life (33 years). i was here for the ’89 quake and that was a big deal but really big ones like that are super rare. most of them are so small that you won’t feel them. the news will have stories about 3.0’s and ask who felt them and it’s a huge joke because they’re so insignificant that nobody cares. the small ones you’ll feel will be so short that you don’t have time to react. it’s good to know what to do in the event of a big one but you probably won’t have time to react to the small ones.

contrary to popular belief, doorways are not a good place to go. if there are no tables or desks to get under then get on the floor up against the wall, duck your head and cover it with your arms. you want to protect your head as much as possible. don’t go outside especially if you’re near tall buldings. the glass can shatter and fly up to 7 blocks so you need to stay inside. 

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