For more than two years, several groups in Northern California have been working on plans to commemorate the centennial of the 1906 earthquake. In June 2002, scientists from USGS in Menlo Park and UC Berkeley met with SSA Executive Director Susan Newman to begin planning centennial activities related to the 2006 SSA annual meeting.

From these initial steps, plans for recognizing the earthquake centennial have grown rapidly. In order to coordinate planning and expand outreach efforts, an umbrella nonprofit organization known as the 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance was formed. The objective of the Alliance is to use the centennial of...

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