Earthquake country is beautiful and enticing
Almost everything we love about areas like the San Francisco bay area, the California Southland, Salt Lake City against the Wasatch range, Seattle on Puget Sound, and Portland, is brought to us by the faults. The faults have sculpted the ridges and valleys, and down-dropped the bays, and lifted the mountains which draw us to these western U.S. cities. So, we enjoy the fruits of the faults every day. That means we must learn to live with their occasional spoils: large but infrequent earthquakes. Becoming quake resilient is a small price to pay for living in such a great part of the world, and it is achievable at modest cost.
A personal solution to a global problem
Half of the world’s population lives near active faults, but most of us are unaware of this. You can learn if you are at risk and protect your home, land, and family.
Temblor enables everyone in the continental United States, and many parts of the world, to learn their seismic, landslide, tsunami, and flood hazard. We help you determine the best way to reduce the risk to your home with proactive solutions.
Earthquake maps, soil liquefaction, landslide zones, cost of earthquake damage
In our iPhone and Android and web app, Temblor estimates the likelihood of seismic shaking and home damage. We show how the damage and its costs can be decreased by buying or renting a seismically safe home or retrofitting an older home.
Please share Temblor with your friends and family to help them, and everyone, live well in earthquake country.
Temblor is free and ad-free, and is a 2017 recipient of a highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (‘SBIR’) grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.
PRESENTATIONS & MEDIA
Recent articles and news interviews
• Earth Magazine Feature: A L’Aquila trigger, seismic gaps and poor construction: What we’ve learned from the August earthquake in Italy – Link
• Earth Magazine Feature: Temblor: An app that brings home your seismic hazard – Link
• The Pulse NPR radio show and podcast – Link
• TheFrontSteps.com post about Temblor – Link
Recent invited presentations
• World Bank (Washington, D.C.)
• California Seismic Safety Commission (Sacramento)
• Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (Los Angeles)
• Rae Dorough Speaker Series (Livermore)
• Willis Research Network seminar (London)
• CAT Management & Modeling Conference Europe (London)
• San Mateo Resiliency Network (Foster City)
• May 4 Kaiser Permanente Emergency Managers Meeting, Pasadena
• May 5 U.C. Davis, Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences Brown Bag Lunch talk
• May 18 The Silicon Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (Santa Clara, CA
• May 20 California Map Society of Northern California (Stanford Univ.)
• June 10 San Mateo County Disaster Fair (San Mateo, CA)
• June 19 The Peninsula Jewish Community Center (Foster City, CA)
• July 16 Bohemian Cub (Occidental, CA)
• Active faults in 60 countries
• Alquist-Priolo Fault Zones in California
• Realtime earthquakes merged from the USGS and EMS catalogs
• Tsunami inundation maps on the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii, and the Caribbean