Every campus has its faults. Ours is 74 miles long and runs directly under our campus. Stay calm, shake it off, earthquake preparedness is easier than you think.
- Visit the Berkeley News page, listen to KALX 90.7 FM (UC Berkeley's radio station), and watch for UC Berkeley WarnMe alerts
- Download the MyShake app on your mobile device (developed by UC Berkeley researchers). MyShake is California's earthquake early warning system.
- Check the USGS Latest Earthquakes Map on your computer to see the most recently detected earthquakes.
- Check Zonehaven for real-time evacuation warnings and orders for the City of Berkeley.
- Consider signing up for Alameda County Alerts, the Alerting and Notification system for Alameda County and the City of Berkeley.
Berkeley Specific Hazards
- Coastal regions are subject to Liquefaction, where the ground becomes less stable increasing the likelihood of building instability and collapse.
- Coastal regions are especially at risk for Tsunamis, a large sea wave triggered by an earthquake that can flood the city.
- The Berkeley Hills regions are at risk for Land Slides, where soil, mud, and debris may slide down the hill.
- Check the City of Berkeley's website for earthquake preparedness, and specific hazards.
During an Earthquake
- DROP to the floor immediately
- Take COVER under sturdy furniture (or near an interior wall) and protect your head with your elbows and arms
- HOLD ON until the shaking stops
- Immediately evacuate the building once the shaking stops
- Move away from buildings, power lines, and trees
- DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON to keep yourself stable and protect yourself from falling/thrown objects
- If you are driving, pull over in a clear area
- Stay away from windows and other objects that can fall on you
- Do NOT run outside
- Do NOT stand in a doorway (it's safer under sturdy furniture)
- Do NOT use the elevators when evacuating a building
After an Earthquake
- Check yourself for injuries
- Exit campus buildings and go to an Emergency Assembly Area (EAA) or open space; if you are off-campus, stay only if the building is structurally safe
- Don't tie up phone lines if it's a non-life-threatening emergency; use text messages and social media
- Do NOT re-enter buildings until allowed by emergency personnel
- Be prepared for potential aftershocks and remain vigilant of falling debris
Signaling for Help
In the unlikely event that you are trapped by falling debris:
- Don't yell because you may inhale dust
- Tap on metal objects to get attention (3 consecutive taps is a universal SOS)
- Use your mobile phone to call 911 (510-642-3333 on campus) to alert emergency personnel to your location
- Do NOT light a match due to potential gas leaks; use your cell phone's flashlight if available