Following quake news

Been following the Alum Rock #earthquake via Twitter. Not surprisingly, the USGS (United States Geological Survey) front page has no news about it, even on its newsroom page, where the most recent item is a promo for a podcast recorded Monday. But the USGS in fact has lots of stuff.

Here’s a map showing all the quakes, including this one, in the last hour/day and week:

Here’s the same data and graphics on a map of faults in the Bay Area.

Here’s the report for this earthquake, with lots of links to other pages, including shaking intensity maps.

ABAG, the Association of Bay Area Governments, has long had very helpful maps showing what earthquakes could do to you, where you live, depending on where the quake is located. I haven’t looked at it in years, but just did and found it is “best viewed with Internet Explorer”. Feh. The “static maps” work better anyway. Here’s one that shows what an earthquake on the North Hayward Fault can do to Oakland and Berkeley:

There’s much more I could point to, but it’s 4:49am here in London, where I need to give a talk in several hours that will upstage everything else until afterwards. Hope everybody’s okay.

3 comments

  1. odd time signatures » Blog Archive » Earthquakes, Wildfires and Hashtags’s avatar

    [...] but medium-sized earthquake up North.  I didn’t have Twitter open this evening but Doc Searls’ post about it popped up in my feed reader about 10:00 pm or so.  Doc links to Chris Messina’s [...]

  2. Aaron Strout’s avatar

    Doc – great post. I too was watching this news story break on Twitter last night as dozens of west coasters reported the tremors real time. I know this has already been addressed ad naseum in the press and blogosphere but Twitter’s ability to deliver eyewitness updates as a news source is really quite amazing. Watching it happen for the first time was an awesome (in the traditional sense of the word) experience.

  3. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Thanks, Aaron. BTW, much as I like Twitter, i think I’m barely beginning to understand what it’s prototyping. One thing is the future of news. Kinda huge, methinks.

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