Earthquakes In The San Francisco Bay Region In California

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By definition, an earthquake is a sudden and violent shaking of the ground, sometimes causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth’s crust or volcanic action (dictionary.com). Earthquakes occur among many places on earth and to a variety of different degrees. Earthquakes are specifically common in the San Francisco Bay region in California. Scientists have made great strides in the process of learning about earthquakes and continue to do more work that will help them learn about earthquakes in the future. Earthquakes occur when two fault planes strike one another resulting in the shaking of the earth. The earth shakes when the edges of faults are stuck together and the energy that would normally cause the blocks to …show more content…
They also may have an aftershock, which happens after the earthquake and could possibly continue for extended periods of times such as weeks or months. Earthquakes are more popular on certain places on earth, such as the San Francisco Bay. This is because the Bay region is …show more content…
First, people will benefit by knowing exactly how earthquakes are caused. Instead of being blindly panicked when an earthquake occurs, they will have an educated background and will know different tactics they can take to stay safe. For example, the article “Earthquake Outlook for the San Francisco Bay Region 2014-2043,” advises people to assess their homes and workspace areas to make sure they are not hazardous if an earthquake were to occur (6). The article also explains that people should create an emergency plan and practice the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” procedure. Another reason that people should be educated on earthquakes is so they can know the likelihood that one will affect them. Different locations on earth have high-risk of being impacted by an earthquake, and some locations have very low-risk. This impact also depends in the strength of the earthquake. It is important for people to know whether or not the city they live in is at a high-risk. I found the article “Earthquake Outlook in the San Francisco Bay Region 2014-2043,” interesting because my grandparents live in Petaluma, which is in Napa Valley, one of the areas in the region. Also, because I have lived in California my entire life, I have always been at a slight risk of being affected by California’s earthquakes. After the research I have learned from this paper, I feel more comfortable with the topic of

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