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April 3, 2012 > It's Our Fault

It's Our Fault

Submitted By Myron Freedman

Did you feel the series of earthquakes we have had since last fall? They left everybody wondering when the next "big one" will occur and how it will affect us. Join us for "It's Our Fault," and find out more about earthquakes and the Hayward Fault in particular. The program will take place on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m., at the Hayward Public Library.

Mitchell Craig is Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at CSUEB and will address questions about earthquakes by looking at the historic and geologic record. After an introductory presentation at the library, he will take the audience on a walking tour around downtown. While pointing out the results of ongoing fault creep and discussing how to strengthen buildings, he will also share how communities can prepare for their response to the aftermath of an earthquake.

This program is a collaboration between the Hayward Area Historical Society and the Hayward Public Library for "California Reads." This year's book is "A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster." Author Rebecca Solnit surveys natural and man-made disasters including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Halifax explosion in 1917, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the September 11th attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. She contrasts conventional portrayals of negative human behavior and social deterioration in times of crisis with a much more positive view: that disasters can actually give us a sense of community and purposefulness.

The Hayward Area Historical Society preserves and interprets the diverse history of the Hayward, Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo area through educational programs, history exhibitions, and the preservation of historic sites and artifacts.

For additional information regarding "It's Our Fault," contact Johanna Fassbender at (510) 581-0223 or visit

It's Our Fault
Saturday, April 7
1 p.m.
Hayward Public Library
835 C St., Hayward
(510) 581-0223

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