Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Berkeley Specific Earthquake Hazards

The City of Berkeley has a variety of hazards associated with earthquake, including liquefaction, tsunami, and landslide. 


Liquefaction occurs in wet, sandy, or silty soils. When and earthquake happens, the soil grains combine, pushing water towards the surface and causing a loss of strength in the soil. The ground surface may sink. Structures located on liquefiable soils can sink, tip unevenly, or even collapse. Pipelines and paving can tear apart. Berkeley has areas where liquefaction can occur during an earthquake. To learn about Berkeley's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan click here

Berkeley Liquefaction Map USGS(1)


The map below shows the earthquake fault zone in Berkeley for the Hayward fault, a less detailed version of the potential liquefaction zone (see above for detailed version), and potential areas of landslide that could be triggered by an earthquake.

Berkeley Earthquake Hazard(7)


 The map below displays the predictions of the potential reach of a tsunami in Berkeley.  The actual threat of tsunami depends on the specific earthquake. 

Tsunami Hazard Map

Below are instructions on what to do during an earthquake if you are by the shore.

Tsunami Instructions

Tsunami Image Text:

Drop! Cover! Hold On! Protect Yourself During Earthquakes

Go to High Ground or Inland: The shaking is your Tsunami Warning

Stay There! Tsunami Waves May Arrive for Hours


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