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Fact Sheet 2014–3092

Notice: This USGS Publication Supersedes FS 191-99

Progress Toward a Safer Future Since the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

By Thomas M. Brocher, Robert A. Page, Peter H. Stauffer, and James W. Hendley II

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The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake interrupted several decades of seismic tranquility in the San Francisco Bay Area. It caused damage throughout the region and was a wakeup call to prepare for potentially even more damaging future quakes. Since 1989, the work of the U.S. Geological Survey and many other organizations has improved the understanding of the seismic threat in the Bay Area, promoted awareness of earthquake hazards, and contributed to more effective strategies to reduce earthquake losses. These collective efforts will help reduce the impact of future large earthquakes in the Bay Area.

First posted September 4, 2014

For additional information, contact:
Earthquake Science Center—Menlo Park, Calif. Office
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road, MS 977
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Suggested citation:

Brocher, T.M., Page, R.A., Stauffer, P.H., and Hendley, J.W., II, 2014, Progress toward a safer future since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014-3092, 4 p.,

ISSN 2327–6916 (print)

ISSN 2327–6932 (online)

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