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Copyright 2007, Southern California Earthquake Center(SCEC). Reproduction by permission only.
SCEC is a research consortium supported by the NationalScience Foundation and the United States Geological Survey,headquartered at the University of Southern California.
“Every day is earthquake season in California”
is a servicemark of the California Earthquake Authority and is usedwith permission.
The suggestions and illustrations included in thisdocument are intended to improve earthquake awareness andpreparedness; however, they do not guarantee the safety of anindividual or a structure. The writers, contributors, and sponsorsof this handbook do not assume liability for any injury, death,property damage, or other effect of an earthquake.Prepared by the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)and the Department of the Interior United States GeologicalSurvey (USGS), in cooperation with the National ScienceFoundation (NSF), the Department of Homeland Security FederalEmergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the CaliforniaEarthquake Authority (CEA), with contributions from many mem-bers of the Earthquake Country Alliance
Lucile M. Jones, USGS and Mark Benthien, SCEC
Mark Benthien and Robert de Groot, SCEC (secondedition) and Jill Andrews, SCEC (first edition)
Ilene Cooper, Thomas Henyey, JohnMarquis, Suzanne Perry, Glenn Song, Brion Vibber;
Kenneth Hudnut, Ken Rukstales, Michael Rymer, Bob Simpson,David Wald, Lisa Wald;
Hassaan Sughayer, DennisSylvester, Doug Bausch, Jeffrey Lusk;
California Office ofEmergency Services:
Greg Renick, Deborah Steffen, JamesGoltz;
California Geological Survey:
Jerry Treiman, Chris Wills,Charles Real;
California Seismic Safety Commission:
California Earthquake Authority:
Insurance Information Network of California:
American Red Cross:
Peggy Brutsche, Rocky Lopes;
County ofLos Angeles:
Joyce Harris, Phyllis Tan, Larry Collins;
Vikki Appel, Egill Hauksson, Margaret Vinci;
AndreasPlesch, John Shaw;
Dean Reese,Brian Lowe, Jeff Primes; and many other
members of theEarthquake Country Alliance
Special thanks to members of the
1906 Earthquake CentennialAlliance
for improvements implemented in the San FranciscoBay Region version of this handbook, many of which now havebeen adopted in this Southern California edition.
Denton Design Associates: Margi S. Denton,Elizabeth Burrill
Fuel Creative Group (p. 13); Daniel Clark (p. 18);Todd Connor (p. 14–15); Dale Glasgow (p. 24); Min Jae Hong(p. 16, 19, 29); Stephanie Langley ( p. 4, 6, 10, 14, 19, 20, 26);Punchstock (p. 17, 21); Jere Smith (cover, p. 2, 3, 32); and RobertZimmerman (p. 14, 16, 18, 19).
Southern California earthquakes
Southern California faults
Earthquake shaking potential in Southern California
Other earthquake-related hazards inSouthern California