In advance of the April 18 anniversary of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that devastated San Francisco in 1906, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is bringing its earthquake simulator to our plaza! The simulator, mounted on a trailer, can fit four people for a 3-minute shake experience, a vivid preview of what people would feel in a quake of up to a magnitude 7 and similar to shaking that could result from a rupture on the Hayward Fault.

The shaking opportunity is part of a week-long series of events across the state by Cal OES — its Earthquake Safe Spring Break tour — to educate the public about earthquake preparedness, the state’s Earthquake Early Warning system and the MyShake app, which can deliver earthquake early warnings to your mobile phone. Quake experts will be on-hand to speak about their work on earthquakes and the MyShake app. In addition to the simulator, The Lawrence will roll out some of our engaging activities to get kids thinking about earthquake science and preparedness.

This event is presented in partnership with Cal OES, the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL), and Science at Cal.