Former Hollister city manager Bill Avera shows a map of the earthquake zone that runs down San Benito Street. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Is Hollister ready for the next big one?

With the 31st anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake on Oct. 17, former city manager Bill Avera takes BenitoLink on a downtown walking tour to discuss retrofitting.

News

Early morning earthquakes rattle Tres Pinos

Epicenters approximately nine miles south of town.

Bill Mifsud Jr. stands where the original Bill's Bullpen Baseball Cards and Comics stood in 1989. The Loma Prieta earthquake caused damage to the shop that forced the business to relocate. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

History & Profiles

Hollister merchants recall 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake

The Calaveras fault run through town.

Lake terraces can be seen at the base of the Lomerias Muertas and above the San Benito River. This rich San Juan Valley soil was once the bottom of a Pleistocene lake. Photo by Jim Ostdick.

Science

San Benito Geology: San Benito Underwater

This is the fifth in a series of six monthly articles about the geology of San Benito County by retired Earth Science teacher Jim Ostdick. The focus of this article is Pleistocene Lake San Benito.

USGS creep meter station on San Andreas Fault near St. Francis Retreat. Photo by Jim Ostdick.

Science

San Benito Geology: Earthquake 101

This is the fourth in a series of six monthly articles about the geology of San Benito County by retired Earth Science teacher Jim Ostdick. The topics are the nature of science, how do earthquakes occur and how are they measured.

San Benito County Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Jim Ostdick.

San Benito Geology: The Great San Benito ShakeOut

This is the first in a series of six monthly articles about the geology of San Benito County. The first topic is earthquake safety, designed to coincide with the Great California ShakeOut statewide drill on Thursday, Oct. 18.

San Benito County Amateur Radio Association members Tim Takeuchi and Dave Fears (BenitoLink file photo)

Police / Fire

OPINION: Disaster communications

Are you prepared for alternate communications in a disaster? Ham radio operators can take over when cell towers and land lines fail.

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Earthquakes continue to shake county

Recent string of quakes is "not necessarily a harbinger" of a larger quake, USGS geologist tells BenitoLink

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Government / Politics

Oil Well Ban – Read the Fine Print and Don’t Panic

The fine print may be small, but you can bet the content is important