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BLS Bay Area Press Conference

Contact:  Richard Holden, 415-625-2245 or Amar Mann, 925-577-1012


Press Conference on Labor Market Risks of a Major Bay Area Earthquake

WHAT: News briefing on new article covering labor market risks of a potential magnitude-6.8 Hayward Fault earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area

WHEN: Monday, October 17, 2016 11:30 AM, Pacific Time (anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and 3 days prior to Great ShakeOut earthquake drills)

WHERE: San Francisco Federal Building (Driver’s License or Govt Issued ID required for entry) Conference Center Room B-020, 90 7th Street, San Francisco, California


Various News Organizations—Print, Radio, and Television

Richard Holden, Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Amar Mann, Supervisory Economist and Branch Chief, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Tian Luo, Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Anne Heidl, Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Annemarie Baltay, Research Geophysicist, Earthquake Science Center, USGS Menlo Park


Media can dial-in to attend the event by calling (888) 485-5611 and using code 115997 to join. 

All participants must use a touch-tone phone to participate in an Audio Conference. The following features are available for you to use on your phone during an active conference:

•       Press *0 operator assistance (small fee may apply)

•       Press *6 mute/unmute individual line


According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), there is a 72-percent chance of a magnitude-6.7 or greater earthquake hitting the San Francisco Bay Area region from 2014 to 2043. There is also a 98-percent chance of a magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquake during the same period. The Hayward Fault, which runs through the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Region, is the most likely source of a large earthquake striking Northern California with a 33-percent probability over a 30-year period.

This conference will discuss estimates of potential exposure to San Francisco Bay Area businesses and employees. We will quantify the businesses, employees, and wages that are at risk.