Just a note of recognition: La Honda resident Carol Prentice has been published and cited in a number of recent articles, especially concerning the Centennial of the Great San Francisco earthquake, which occurred on April 18, 1906. Some examples include:
April National Geographic magazine, author Joel Achenbach said, "Scientist Carol Prentice and I scrambled through dense woods in search of something she promised would be impressive: a redwood stump split down the middle by an earthquake. I feared we wouldn't find it. We seemed lost. The forest was a mad tangle. Huffing and puffing, I turned and saw it: a stump the size of a small living room, distinctly offset in line with the San Andreas, the gap in the middle so big I could climb into it. Carol let me help take measurements, and for a moment I could pretend to be a field scientist, not just a scribbler." [http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0604/feature6/assignment1.html ]
Time magazine (week of April 10): http://time-proxy.yaga.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,1179365,00.html
"Thanks to the efforts of USGS paleoseismologist Carol Prentice and her colleagues, however, residents of the Bay Area will have a much better sense of the precise path the earthquake took. Working with old photographs, Prentice has found a number of the missing signs of 1906--abrupt jogs in fences that once straddled the rupture zone, for example--and located them on aerial photos. Among the communities bisected by the fault break is San Bruno, a city of 40,000 that borders San Francisco international airport…"
April-June edition of Bay Nature magazine (http://www.baynature.com/v06n02/v06n02s_main.html), "Watch out for the poison oak," warns Carol Prentice as we clamber down a steep slope above the Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir near Interstate 280. The freeway noise behind us begins to ebb as we descend into the valley bounded on the west side by the dark slopes of the northern reach of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Prentice stops for a moment and we look down the slope. "I have had two distinct reactions from the people I've shown the actual fault line to," she says. "They're either disappointed and say: 'What! This is it?' Or they are utterly impressed to be standing on the boundary between two of the giant plates of the earth's outer layer." I get the feeling that my guide, a research seismologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, wants to test my reaction, too. She has brought me into the valley west of Hillsborough on land owned by the San Francisco Public Utility Commission to show me one of the few traces left of the biggest natural disaster ever known to strike the Bay Area, the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906."
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/11/science/11quak.html?_r=1&oref=slogin (needs registration)…and many more.
[Note: Jim Warren posted on the LH news group (msg #11445) this link: http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2005/15/ ,which contains additional good information on earthquakes and preparedness]