What If a 7.0 Earthquake Hit the San Francisco Bay Area?

By Leah Zippert

Adapted from an item in the ABAG Monthly E-News Update.

What if a major earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area? Would you and your family be prepared? 

Next month, the HayWired Scenario – a major California regional and statewide earthquake preparedness initiative – will be released to the public, providing a scientific, realistic and quantitative depiction of what would happen if there was a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault with an epicenter in Oakland. The initiative wants to shift behavior surrounding earthquakes by improving communications and the use of earthquake hazard, early warning and aftershock forecast information, as well as inform building codes, build community capacity and foster business continuity planning.

Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the scenario's public release will kick off on April 18th, 2018 at U.C. Berkeley's California Memorial Stadium, University Club, with the annual Lawson Lecture, including a panel from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. so you can ask the HayWired team questions. The release of the HayWired Scenario also marks the beginning of the HayWired Public Engagement Campaign, known as Outsmart Disaster.

To find out more about the HayWired Scenario visit Readers are encouraged to share the website with anyone who needs access to this critical, potentially life-saving information.

ABAG and MTC's Integrated Regional Planning Program is a HayWired Project Partner. Agency staff researched the economic impact of the scenario and have also shared early lessons at meetings of Bay Area cities. For more information on earthquake resources, visit: