Earthquake Hazards in the San Francisco Bay Region

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm          


Most people who live in the San Francisco Bay Region know about the magnitude (Mw) 7.8 1906 San Francisco earthquake (“The Big One”), but many other Bay Area faults are also hazardous. This talk will discuss the historical earthquakes and faults in the SF Bay Area and the probabilities of one or more magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquakes in the Bay Area in the next 30 years.

The intensity of shaking that a structure will experience during an earthquake is a function of:

  • the magnitude,
  • the distance from the fault, and
  • the type of ground materials beneath the structure.

These three main factors will be discussed in detail, with examples from Bay Area shocks and how many structures have been retrofitted with seismic isolation systems (“shock absorbers”) to mitigate potential damage in strong ground shaking. Finally, earthquake safety steps will be discussed.


About the speaker, Kent Fogleman, USGS National Strong-Motion Project

Kent Fogleman has worked as a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park since 1977. For the first 20 years of his career, he studied the seismology and tectonics of southern Alaska. Since 1997, he has worked for the USGS National Strong-Motion Project, which has the primary Federal responsibility for recording each damaging earthquake in the United States on the ground and in man-made structures in densely urbanized areas to improve public earthquake safety.


CNSV Pre-meeting: MedSIG (6-7 pm)

Co-Chairs: Shashidhar Sathyanarayana and Carl Angotti

Location: E.O. Wilson Room (adjoining the Aristotle Room)

The Pain and Joy In Writing a Medical Device Book

Speaker: Samy Hanna, Ph.D., PE

This interactive talk will discuss the pros and cons of writing a book in the area of medical devices. It will start with the steps needed to get an offer from a publisher, and will continue to some of the “pain and suffering” during the writing, reviewing, editing and production phases of the book. However, there is always the joy of having your book published! The book to be discussed is RF Linear Accelerators for Medical and Industrial Applications, and copies will be available for purchase and for signing.

Samy Hanna, Ph.D., PE, is the principal of MINA, a consulting company in the areas of RF Engineering and Medical Devices. He has over 30 years of experience in education, research and industry. He was previously a principal engineer and a senior manager at Siemens Medical, an engineering physicist at SLAC, and an associate professor at Polytechnic-NYU. He earned his graduate degrees from CALTECH and Purdue University. He holds seven US patents.


Location: Agilent Technologies, Bldg. 5

5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95051
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