Scientists say a massive earthquake could strike the Bay Area at any moment, according to a USA Today report.
The question: Are we ready?
A 3.9 magnitude earthquake shook the North Bay early Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck at about 3:40 a.m. about 12 miles northeast of Healdsburg, in the Geysers area of Sonoma County, the USGS said.
But the so-called Big One could happen at any moment. Seismologists are most concerned about the Hayward Fault, which cuts through the heavily populated Alameda County.
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The Hayward Fault produces big quakes on average every 150 years, according to the USGS. The last large temblor on the fault was a 6.8 magnitude in 1868.
Scientists estimate a 7.0 magnitude quake today could kill hundreds of people and cause billions of dollars in damage.
How to prepare for a large earthquake
- Be prepared for no electrical or water service for days or weeks.
- Create an earthquake kit with food, water and gear for 72 hours.
- Have a combination weather radio, flashlight and hand crank charger for cellphones at the ready.
- Have a cash reserve.
- Know where the shutoff valve and tool are for your natural gas line.
- Secure bookshelves to walls.
More tips can be found here: How to Prepare and What to Pack in an Emergency Kit