A small volunteer group is building a radio communications network so Berkleley neighborhoods can communicate during emergencies when the power grid and internet are down.
Take part in a five-minute earthquake drill wherever you are Oct. 19 and start the process of preparing for a disaster.
A full-scale campus exercise is planned to practice and evaluate the campus’s response to a magnitude 6.8 earthquake on the Hayward Fault.
A quake whose epicenter was Kensington, just north of Berkeley shook the city Wednesday at noon.
With the anniversaries of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm occurring in the middle of a “hot” election, there’s been much discussion about safety in the hills. Councilwoman Susan Wengraf has made this a key issue in her bid for re-election to the Council for District 6, by promising to “underground all utilities in the city” — a promise that is not only not impractical but dangerous because it leads the city away from solutions that will actually save lives.
The principal did it. The janitor did it. The students did it. At 10:20 a.m. last Thursday, everyone at LeConte Elementary School in Berkeley participated in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. They dropped under the nearest table, covered their heads, and held on tight.
A magnitude-3.5 earthquake startled Berkeley and other East Bay residents early Tuesday morning.
An earthquake in neighboring Oakland jolted Berkeley awake just before 6:50 a.m. Monday.
By Richard Schwartz