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.

Stay Informed

  • 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

Other Tips:

  • 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