The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its many partners, including the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), unveiled a new scenario and public outreach campaign to showcase what could happen during a major earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area along the Hayward Fault and help the public to prepare for and recover from an earthquake. The HayWired Earthquake Scenario is intended to building awareness of earthquake risk. The campaign is to help Bay Area residents understand what they can do to mitigate the impact of an earthquake, and how to bounce back once the shaking stops. The public-engagement campaign — Outsmart Disaster — offers many resources, including a new fact sheet, on-line at outsmartdisaster.com.
“ABAG is pleased to have worked with USGS and the other partners to develop the Haywired Scenario. Being able to share the potential impacts, before it happens, can help our cities, towns and counties to be better prepared. Bay Area residents now have access to the latest science in their efforts to become even better prepared,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt, ABAG President and California Seismic Safety Commissioner.
What is the HayWired Scenario? And Why?
The HayWired Scenario is a highly detailed and scientifically realistic depiction of what may happen during and after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault with an epicenter in Oakland. Understanding the risk and getting ready for a large earthquake on the Hayward Fault like the one depicted in this scenario can help at-risk communities prepare for similar events that are possible in their area.
Without good communications, emergency-response will be hampered and life-saving response functions can be compromised. “HayWired” was chosen for the scenario to emphasize the need to examine our interconnectedness and reliance on telecommunications and other lifelines such as water and electricity.
HayWired Earthquake Scenario
The newly released USGS Fact Sheet, “The HayWired Earthquake Scenario – We Can Outsmart Disaster,” provides a concise overview of what will be a multi-volume report. The Fact Sheet distills key points of the report and provides the first glimpse of a truly groundbreaking study into earthquake hazard impacts, mitigation efforts, and resiliency actions for communities in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Without good communications, emergency-response efficiency is reduced, and as a result, life-saving response functions can be compromised. “HayWired” was chosen for the scenario to emphasize the need to examine our interconnectedness and reliance on telecommunications and other lifelines such as water and electricity.