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Great ShakeOut comes to Hayward

By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 1:59 pm in General, Hayward.

Tomorrow is the annual statewide Great ShakeOut event, something Hayward takes very seriously because of the city’s proximity to the most dangerous fault in the region.

City Hall sits just 500 feet from Hayward’s namesake fault, and as part of the Bay Area’s main media event related to the ShakeOut, officials are offering news agencies a tour of the base-isolation system in the building’s underground parking garage, which is designed to keep it in one piece when the next big one hits.

“We want to let residents know that there was a lot of forethought, so that after an earthquake City Hall will be intact and functional,” said Hayward fire Capt. Thor Poulsen. “We want citizens to know that to be resilient when — not if — it happens, they also have to be prepared ahead of time.”

Hayward’s has two previous city hall buildings, both of which are still standing, but both of which are not considered seismically sound. The first one was built directly on top of the fault while the second was damaged by the Loma Prieta quake in 1989.

The current building, opened in 1998, sits on 53 seismic isolation bearings and 15 shock absorbers. It can move nearly two feet in any direction, and was designed to withstand a 7.5-magnitude quake with no loss of life, Poulsen said.

Poulsen said he’d like to see more people taking the free CERT classes offered by the city. “There’s always room,” he said, adding that interest spikes after a major earthquake occurs somewhere in the world but doesn’t take long to wane.

“It’s like any disaster,” he said. “After a big fire, people will take care to trim their bushes, but after a little while they will stop thinking about it.”

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  • qodrn

    An earthquake on the Hayward fault. Mother nature does have a sense of humor after all.

  • Michael Moore

    Eric, what happens to you after the consolidation and disappearance of the Daily Review?

  • qodrn

    Earthquake 2 today. Great. I hope we are done now.

  • Eric Kurhi

    Oooh, it’s a cliffhanger, Michael Moore! And I’m pretty vested in this one. We’ll all find out Nov. 1.

  • http://! John Kyle

    All;

    Is anyone else having trouble with delivery of the Review this morning?

    Phoned in to seek delivery before 8:00 asmine is usually ddelivered well before 7:00AM phoneds in again about 10 minutes ago…. now thje route manager is being advised and poor guy taking my call suggests that another hour might see success…..

    anyone ever notice that coffee tastes different when newspaper has not arrived?

  • http://! John Kyle

    ll:

    Hasdanuone else experienced none delivery of the Review this morning?

    I phoned in prior to 8:00 AM to advise non-delivery. Phoned again near 9:30 and was advisded that another hour might see delivery… this time the call is being ‘bumped up’ to the route manager!

    Shucks, even the Review provides a better taste to my Coffee in early AM.

    Oh well, I guess the inevitablwe will soon occur… SF Chronicle no longer has Herb Cain but Mattier and Ross are credible….. even that olod rascal has a daily column. Price ois a bit high for that fish wrap… but they make no apology for not covering Hayward !

  • http://! John Kyle

    All:
    See….hasdanuone …? Damn! I Need a newspaer with my java !

  • teachermama

    Got my fingers crossed for a positive outcome, Eric!

  • qodrn

    Stupid BANG. I really resent companies that layoff right now. Do they really need to? Good luck to all your staff, including the lady who put the tape on the office window in Hayward.

  • http://! John Kyle

    QODRN;

    PERHAPS THE FAULT LAYS WITH A COMMUNITY WHICH DOES NOT NOT SUPPORT THE PRINT MEDIA WITH SUFFICIENT SUBSCRIPTIONWS. I KNOW WHAT WE OUGHT DO… LET US BLAME IT ON THE SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR NOT DOING A BETTER JOB OF TEACHING IN CIVICS CLASSES! RIGHT?

    SHUCKS, THAT FAILURE LEADS TO CREATION OF tea party TYPES WHO BLAME THEIR LACK OF SUCCESS ON ‘THE SYSTEM’, ESPECIALLY THOSE GUYS WHO WORKED HARD TO CREATE JOBS.

    WE ARE ENAMORED OF THE GREAT GOVERNOPR OF ALASKA BUT IGNORE PEOPLE SUCH AS BROOKSLY BORN.

    WHO SMOKED OUT THE FAT CATS WITH REPETITIOUS QUESTIONHS CUHEOIF AMONG WHICH WAS ” WHAT’S A DERIVATIVE? ”

    YA ALL KNOW HER… RIGHT?

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  • http://! John Kyle

    All;

    Well after glancing at # 11 above, it cer6tainjly seems as though the polor man has slipped has ‘slipped his cable’ and is drifting out into a foggy sea.

  • http://! John Kyle

    All;

    I’ll makea brief appearance at public comments when that iten appears in tyhe early schedule onj tyhe agenda.

    Frankly, I hope at least a few cognizant folks willalso appear and thank Ms.Duran for hwer serviceto HUSD aftyer Vigil Left and on the previous occvasion when his predecessor received a jolt… as well as a large severance pay.check.

  • Michael Moore

    Джон, это будет такая радость для всех нас, кто блог здесь Hayword если бы вы просто уйти и больше не реагируют ни к чему. Старик, вы использовали все ваши доброй воли. Вернитесь в церковь и зажигать свечи сохранить, что это единственное, что будет держать вас от вечного проклятья.

  • Eric Kurhi

    Using http://translate.google.com/# to code it, Michael? It worked like a charm as a decoder…

  • http://amiga@earthlink.net Monica

    lol :)

  • qodrn

    Gott segne euch alle jeden einzelnen. Dies ist ein Blog wie kein anderer.

  • http://! John Kyle

    All:

    Oh my! Herr Ringmeister at play ?

  • Michael Moore

    Ваш комментарий на немецком языке является наиболее поводу и вызвал ни одного ответа от этого старика. Может быть, на сильную боль, мы нашли способ общаться без его утомительным и избыточных себя выступающей идиотизма. Опять же, я приветствую ваши усилия и комментарии к этому блогу. Вы правы, он как никто другой.