Seismic Waves: Breaking Through Language Barriers with an Urgent Call to Prepare   [open pdf - 159KB]

Seismic Waves is a newsletter published by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). "The San Francisco Bay Area is home to at least eight geologic faults capable of producing large, damaging earthquakes, and scientists say there is a 62 percent chance that the region will experience a magnitude 6.7 or greater quake by the year 2032. The need for earthquake awareness and readiness is urgent and ongoing in the Bay Area. Getting preparedness messages to the public, though always challenging, is even more so in a region where for many residents English is a second language. About 1.4 million Asians and 1.2 million Latinos live in the Bay Area. Thirty percent of residents were born outside of the United States, and in 20 percent of area households there are no adults who can speak or read English well. To confront this challenge, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)--two of the agencies participating in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP)--are partnering with other organizations in a campaign to increase earthquake awareness and readiness among the non-English-speaking communities of the Bay Area. At the heart of this campaign are two new multilingual earthquake-preparedness publications, both entitled 'Protecting Your Family from Earthquakes--The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.'"

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Seismic Waves (March 2007)
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