In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Bay Area Rapid Transport System, or BART, will automatically brake its trains when an earthquake is detected, according to the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS). Photo Credit: Pi.1415926535 [CC BY-SA 3.0]

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Bay Area Rapid Transport System, or BART, will automatically brake its trains when an earthquake is detected, according to the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS). Photo Credit: Pi.1415926535 [CC BY-SA 3.0]

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Bay Area Rapid Transport System, or BART, will automatically brake its trains when an earthquake is detected, according to the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS). Photo Credit: Pi.1415926535 [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Follow her

Alka Tripathy-Lang, PhD

Alka Tripathy-Lang is a freelance science writer based in Chandler, Arizona, and holds a Ph.D. in geoscience.
Follow her