A Hard Thump Followed by Shaking

by Shahid Javed
17 August 2015

This morning an earthquake along the Hayward Fault shook up the San Francisco Bay Area with a 4.0+ magnitude earthquake a little before 7 a.m. Pacific time. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the temblor struck less than a mile north of the town of Piedmont, Calif., near Oakland.

A report from the USGS warned earlier this year that the risk of 'the big one' hitting California has increased dramatically. According to the Los Angeles times, the quake was felt most strongly on the East Bay, including Oakland, Berkeley and surrounding areas. There were no immediate reports of widespread damage.

Last year in August, Bay Area was hit by a severe 6.1 magnitude earthquake some six miles southwest of Napa and it was reported to be the largest earthquake to hit the area in 25 years. 

Silicon Valley, Bay Area Earthquake and Data Centers

Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados can devastate a community, including homes and enterprises. According to the USGS, California experiences many earthquakes each month.  Although most can’t be felt, the fact that they occur in the first place is a reason to look for a safer place to house your mission critical computing infrastructure.

As you probably know, San Francisco Bay Area is a leading hub for high-tech innovation and development, accounting for one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States. But, what keeps most Bay Area high-tech leaders up at night is the safety and reliability of their IT infrastructure – the threat of losing connectivity and accessibility to their critical IT systems due to natural disasters like an earthquake.

RagingWire offers highly available, reliable, and natural disaster safe data center colocation services in Northern California. Just 90 miles northeast of San Francisco Bay Area, our Sacramento data center campus "The ROCK" is far from the earthquake risk zone of Northern California. That’s why many Silicon Valley and Bay Area Internet, and enterprise companies house their computers in a low-risk location that lies outside the regional earthquake boundaries and is within driving distance of their offices.   

So, the easiest and most economical option is to select a reliable data center that is at a drivable distance and located in a disaster-free zone.

View to this on-demand webinar Data Centers and the Bay Area: Should I Stay or Should I Go? And listen to a panel of industry experts who discuss:

  • The latest market research on Bay Area data centers
  • Mitigating operational risks: earthquakes, power costs, network latency
  • Strategies for selecting and designing a robust data center platform

Shahid Javed

Product Marketing Programs Manager