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Seismic Hazard
Richard Allen
Seismo Lab
Earth & Planetary
UC Berkeley

A view of the Hayward Fault running along the edge of the Berkeley Hills across the UC Berkeley campus.

About this class...

  • How close do you live to the fault? check out the map
  • What is the chance of an earthquake this semester?
  • What will be the impact on the Californian economy?

    The goal of this class is to inform future leaders of our society about the various hazards associated with earthquakes and tsunamis. You will learn to evaluate scientific information, solve problems and influence policy through the use of case studies.

    What students think of this class: "I enjoyed the combination of field trips, guest speakers, films and discussion on current events. Getting multiple perspectives helped in understanding the material." "The focus on earthquakes in the Berkeley region made me really, really, really care about the material." "This is the best physical science breadth requirement I know of." More student reviews.

    This class was featured in the April 2006 issue of National Geographic in an article discussing the impacts of earthquakes on society and how we are, or are not, tackling them.

    EPS 20 is a 3 credit course, there are no prerequisites and the class fulfills the Physical Science breadth requirement. The class is intended for all students interested in earthquakes, their impact on our society and how we deal with them. Students taking this class come from the the humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, business and law.

    You can find out more on the class objectives and organization pages. Reviews of the class by previous students are also available. If you have questions or want to know more please email Richard Allen.