Oh, shit. Forty aftershocks later, it looks as if the Big One could be closer than we thought. A panel of scientists said the 5.6-magnitude quake on the Calaveras Fault a few nights ago (now officially dubbed the Alum Rock Quake) "significantly increased the likelihood of another damaging seismic shift in the next few days." Ain't that a bitch. But don't those egghead scientists say the same thing after every quake?
In other news of imminent doom, the Hayward Fault, which runs under Berkeley, Oakland, and Richmond, is about due. Seismologists say it shifts about every 140 years, and guess what? It's been, oh, about 139 years since its last big quake. So maybe now is a good time to plan that Halloween trip far, far away for next year. Or you could do the responsible thing and be prepared.
-- Brian Bernbaum