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U.S. Department of the Interior
Gale A. Norton, Secretary
U.S. Geological Survey
P. Patrick Leahy, Acting Director

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Revised and reprinted, March 2006

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Manuscript approved for publication, July 19, 2005

Cataloging-in-publication data are on file with the Library of Congress.

This document is adapted from editions of "Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country," written by Lucy Jones (U.S. Geological Survey) and Mark Benthien (Southern California Earthquake Center), published by the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) in 1995, 2004, 2005 (see

Disclaimer: The suggestions and illustrations included in this document are intended to improve earthquake awareness and preparedness; however, they do not guarantee the safety of an individual or a structure. The contributors and sponsors of this handbook do not assume liability for any injury, death, property damage, or other effects of an earthquake.

CONTRIBUTORS: U.S. Geological Survey: Mary Lou Zoback, Steve Walter, Susan Garcia, Luke Blair, Marco Ticci, Howard Bundock, and Bob Simpson; American Red Cross: Harold Brooks, Helen Knudson, and Chris Kramer; Association of Bay Area Governments: Jeanne Perkins; California Earthquake Authority: Nancy Kincaid and Rolf Erickson; California Geological Survey: Keith Knudsen and Chris Wills; Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Northern California Chapter: Fred Turner; Governors Office of Emergency Services: Richard Eisner and Kathleen Bailey; QuakeHold!: Dean Reese and Jeff Primes; San Francisco Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security: Doug Sandy; Southern California Earthquake Center: Mark Benthien and Robert de Groot; Structural Engineers Association of Northern California: Patricia Coate and Reinhard Ludke; University of California, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory: Lind Gee; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency: Jeffrey Lusk.

Text edited by James W. Hendley II and Peter H. Stauffer, USGS.
Production, design, and illustration by Susan Mayfield, USGS.
Web design by Michael Diggles, USGS.
Other illustrators: Jere Smith (front cover), Stephanie Langley (p. 4, 10, 25, 26), Todd Connor (p. 20, 21, 27), and Judy Weathers (USGS) (p. 9, 23, 24).

Additional Publications

  • Earthquakes by Bruce A. Bolt (ISBN: 0716756188)
  • Earthshaking Science: What We Know (and Dont Know) About Earthquakes by Susan Elizabeth Hough (ISBN: 0691050104)
  • Finding Fault in California: An Earthquake Tourists Guide by Susan Elizabeth Hough (ISBN: 0878424954)
  • Furious Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis by Ellen J. Prager (ISBN: 0071351612)
  • Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country by Peter I. Yanev (ISBN: 0877017719)
  • Living with Earthquakes in California: A Survivors Guide by Robert S. Yeats (ISBN: 0870714937)
  • Homeowners Guide to Earthquake Safety by the California Seismic Safety Commission (

Links to many useful Web sites

Southern-California version of this handbook

USGS General Information Product 41, Protecting Your Family From EarthquakesThe Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety is a summary of this book in English and Spanish.

USGS General Information Product 42, Protecting Your Family From EarthquakesThe Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety is a summary of this book in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.

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