earthquakeWith the onslaught of recent quakes in the bay, it’s only natural for people to start speculating about what’s going to happen these days. Whether it’s our very own Yoshua or professors falsely predicting a 6.0 and then confessing they pulled that prediction out of … nowhere, there’s no tuning out the quake talk — but what’s real and what are just myths?

Well, to start, there is actually no evidence of a large earthquake hitting the Berkeley area immediately despite a viral email saying it will come in the next few weeks. Geologists can’t exactly predict earthquakes but many believe that the chances of a major one hitting in the next 30 years is 67 percent in the Bay Area and 60 percent in Southern California.

Regardless of this vague estimate, here are a few myths about earthquakes that have been debunked:

California will fall into the sea: False, but there could be landslides that change the shape of the coastline. read more »


After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

These days it’s not just budget cuts threatening the state of our, um, state. Even the ever-present possibility of earthquakes isn’t in and of itself the only danger that we face.

Nope, turns out that the San Francisco Bay Delta isn’t in the best of shape — and by that we mean it could flood. And by that we mean there’s “a 64 percent chance of a catastrophic levee failure in the delta in the next 50 years.”

Apparently said levees are not in the best of shape — unsurprisingly, given that read more »