Disaster Relief

Resiliency

Staff Dispatch: Learning From the Mexico City Earthquake

By Dana Brechwald
Mexico City Earthquake

* First in an occasional series of dispatches from MTC and ABAG staff about their experiences out in the field. On September 19, 2017, Mexico City experienced a damaging magnitude 7.1 earthquake, resulting in the deaths of 228 people and the collapse of 44 buildings. The 2017 earthquake occurred on the 35th anniversary of another deadly earthquake in the city that killed nearly 10,000 people. Due to geological, building construction and social factors, Mexico City is highly vulnerable to earthquakes. Much of the city sits on an ancient lake bed that has been drained over the last several Read More

Environment

Metro Talks Presents: "Learning from the North Bay Wildfires" on Thursday, February 1 at 5:30 pm

By Chirag Rabari
Metro Talks - February 1, 2018

Come join the Bay Area’s four regional agencies this Thursday, February 1, starting at 5:30 pm at the Bay Area Metro Center for the latest installment of the Metro Talks speaker series, Learning From the North Bay Wildfires. On Sunday evening, October 8, 2017, multiple small fires erupted in Sonoma and Napa counties. Fueled by strong winds and extreme fire conditions, these North Bay fires ultimately burned more than 200,000 acres, destroyed 8,900 structures, and killed 43 people. This Metro Talks panel features Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, who will speak to the devastating Read More

Land Use

2017 North Bay Wildfire Affected Areas; Resources for Bay Area Cities and Counties

By Steve Heminger
2017 North Bay Wildfire Affected Areas

The 2017 North Bay Wildfire Affected Areas Map displays the geographic extent of the four 2017 North Bay Wildfires, as well as the number of structures damaged or destroyed within the fires’ perimeters. The map gives a good sense of just how large the fires were, and how destructive. In addition to the lives lost, there were nearly 6,000 structures reported as damaged or destroyed within the Tubbs Fire alone (#2), taking out a major chunk of Santa Rosa’s (and the wider region’s) housing stock. In response to this regional emergency, MTC and ABAG have offered technical assistance, staff Read More