Bay Nature magazineApril-June 2006


Earthquake Resources

April 1, 2006

Plate Tectonics And Earthquakes

National Earthquake Information Center USGS website providing current data on earthquakes worldwide.

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program-Northern California Website providing general and latest quake information, hazard maps, sources of preparedness information, synthesis of current research, and resources.

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics by W. Jacqueline Kious and Robert I. Tilling

Online edition of USGS-produced book introducing the concept of plate tectonics; accessible for laypeople. (USGS is planning to publish an updated print version of this useful publication.)

The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory Gateway to a wealth of information on local plate tectonics.

The San Andreas Fault in the San Francisco Bay Area, California: A Geology Fieldtrip Guidebook to Selected Stops on Public Lands by Philip W. Stoffer, US Geological Survey, 2005

A series of self-guided geology fieldtrips with selected destinations along the San Andreas Fault in the Bay Area, intended as a lay guide for K-12 teachers, hikers, and anyone curious about how earthquake and faulting shape and influence the landscape.

Plate Tectonics Website

UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology’s web pages presenting the history and mechanism of plate tectonics along with animations of continental drift over the past 750 million years.


Plate Tectonics: An Insider’s History of the Modern Theory of the Earth edited by Naomi Oreskes, Westview Press, 2003

Collection of 18 essays written by researchers who made the discoveries establishing the phenomenon of plate tectonics.

Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution by Kent C. Condie, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997

The standard work in plate tectonics for senior geology majors, graduate students, or very motivated laypeople.

Our Patchwork Planet: The Story of Plate Tectonics by Helen Roney Sattler, Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1995

A comprehensive introduction to plate tectonics for children in grades 5-8.

Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region by Doris Sloan, UC Press

Illuminates the colorful geologic mosaic that surrounds San Francisco Bay and lucidly explains the complex and fascinating processes that have forged it over millions of years.

1906 Earthquake

The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906: How San Francisco Nearly Destroyed Itself by Philip L. Fradkin, UC Press, 2006

Detailed story of the 1906 earthquake and the reconstruction that followed.

Earthquake Exodus 1906 by Richard Schwartz, RSB Books, 2006

The story of the refugees of the 1906 earthquake who fled from San Francisco to the East Bay and how their lives were saved by the relief effort that was mounted there.

Earthquake Preparedness

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country: Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Region

Free 31-page handbook from the USGS on earthquake preparedness in the Bay Area. Available as a free download or in hard copy by calling the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.

Living with Earthquakes in California: A Survivor’s Guide by Robert S. Yeats, Oregon State University Press, 2001

A general reader’s guide to California earthquakes, combining current research with practical safety information.

Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country by Peter I. Yanev, Chronicle Books, 1990

Details what residents and homeowners of large metropolitan areas in California can do to survive the next quake, including the steps everyone should take before, during, and after. Out-of-print but readily available used.

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