U.S. Geological Survey

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    February 22, 2013

    Study: 3.5 Million People Will Die From Earthquakes This Century

    Here in San Francisco, we live under the constant threat of a catastrophic earthquake. It's a subconscious worry, perhaps only creeping to the front of our minds as we drive over the Bay Bridge or step out of the shower (would you grab a pair of shorts before bolting for the nearest doorway?). We ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2012
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    October 27, 2011

    Another Earthquake Rocks the East Bay

    That's kinda what it felt like ​It's been a tough week to try and get some sleep in Oakland -- amid the downtown protests, tear gas, helicopters circling, and earthquakes.A 3.6 quake rattle the East Bay at about 5:36 a.m., causing buildings to sway and bringing public transit to a screeching halt. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Twin Earthquakes Shake the Bay Area, Is the "Big One" Next?

    You thought yesterday's quakes were scary ... ​Two nearly identical quakes along the Hayward fault jolted the Bay Area yesterday, which naturally has everyone thinking, "Is this foreshadowing the Big One?"A 3.9 magnitude earthquake shook the East Bay at about 2:41 p.m. yesterday. No damages were r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Did You Feel That Earthquake?

    We sure did from the seventh floor of our building in Fisherman's Wharf. The USGS is reporting a 3.9 quake happened at about 2:41 p.m. near Berkeley. Here's what you felt:USGS​

  • News

    September 28, 2011
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    April 18, 2011

    Earthquake! S.F. Shaken By 3.8 Temblor on Anniversary of Big One

    View Larger Map No, those vibrations weren't everyone running out of the office simultaneously to hit up the food truck. The United States Geological Survey confirmed to SF Weekly that we were moments ago hit with a temblor. And, yes, today is the 105th anniversary of The Big One. The hard-working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Frantic Tweets About 7.0 Earthquake -- Tomorrow

    ​A much-retweeted "warning" of a 7.0 earthquake that will ostensibly hit Southern California tomorrow has earned a stern tweet of its own from the United States Geological Survey. You can't predict earthquakes, notes the USGS. And there's no Easter Bunny, either. Dire warnings of a massive quake a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Guess Which SF 'Hood Loves Sit-Lie the Most?

    US Geological SurveyIt usually looks better​Civil Sidewalks, Sit-Lie ordinance -- call it what you will, the ballot initiative to make sitting down on public sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. illegal isn't some fringe idea from what passes for SF's hard right. There's a popular -- some say "gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Earthquake!!! Twitter Gets the Scoop

    As any S.F. resident who has a Twitter account may know, a magnitude 4.1 earthquake occurred near Milpitas, CA at 10:09 AM today. Having worked next to a freeway overpass in Los Angeles, we are prone to second guessing ourselves when the earth starts shaking. This morning before we could finish ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Earthquake or Amorous Roommates? Settle it Once and For All.

    What's shaking -- literally.As someone who has, for his entire existence, lived atop an earthquake fault and in buildings where "insulation" translates to "put on a sweater," the question posed in the headline has come up dozens of times. Was that the San Andreas Fault -- or Sam and Andreas upstairs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008
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    December 10, 2007
  • News

    May 24, 2006

    Toxic Acres

    The fill below Treasure Island is filled with dangerous toxins left by the Navy

  • News

    April 26, 2006

    Ready to Rumble

    It's the 100-year anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. Are you a fan of all the hoopla? Take our quiz and see.

  • News

    March 29, 2006
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    May 25, 2005

    The Mayor's Quake Insurance Program

    Stop the presses: a column in praise of Gavin Newsom's political courage in support of the public interest

  • News

    April 9, 2003

    Risk Reassessment

    As the Bush administration scares America witless, San Francisco might offer a model for living well in the shadow of apocalypse

  • News

    October 17, 2001

    Osama Was Here

    To show the value of pundits in the Terror Era, our columnist tells the CIA where bin Laden's been, President Bush where to go

  • News

    August 1, 2001

    Rubble With a Mortgage

    What could be worse than a devasting earthquake in the Bay Area? The day after, when we all realize that no one is covered by insurance.

  • News

    May 9, 2001


    Newly released documents indicate the Navy dumped far more nuclear waste than it's ever acknowledged in a major commercial fishery just 30 miles west of San Francisco. Why won't the government even study the Farallon Islands Nuclear Waste Site?

  • News

    May 2, 2001

    The Path of Inquiry

    How research for this story was conducted

  • Dining

    December 29, 1999
  • News

    December 22, 1999

    Dog Bites

    Apocalyptic Good Cheer, Lonely Hearts, The Big One, and A Very Special Dot-Com Christmas

  • News

    February 14, 1996

    Pet Sounds

    Douglas Hollis combines audio with visual in his larger-than-life environmental sculptures

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