How Earthquake Damage Communication and Information Technology in the Bay Area

The United States Geological Service (USGS) and Joint Venture Silicon Valley partnered with the SSC to research and strategize to enhance the resilience of Bay Area communities to Climate Change and Natural Hazards.  The USGS in collaboration with its partners and stakeholders transform hazard information into risk products that are useful for decision and policy makers across scales of government and the private sectors.

Currently, the USGS is leading a scenario, called HayWired, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The HayWired scenario is a hypothetical, but realistic earthquake sequence initiating with a rupture of the Hayward Fault. The main earthquake is a magnitude 7.0 with hypocenter in Oakland, California. HayWired is a reference to the Hayward Fault and speaks to the potential chaos caused by impacts to the wired and wireless world.  More generally “wired” represents interconnectedness at many levels: interdependencies of lifeline, social connectivity through technology, and the ripple effects of damages and disruption encompassing the digital economy. The HayWired theme is particularly apropos for the Bay Area, a leader in digital communications and technology.

The HayWired scenario addresses risks of climate change and natural hazards, benefiting communities, businesses, governmental agencies and the general public in the Bay Area, California.