Bay Area residents know earthquakes can strike at any moment and cause considerable damage.

So it shouldn't be a surprise to any local when they hear scientists say a large magnitude temblor is overdue on the densely populated Hayward Fault.

Almost every Californian lives within 15 minutes of an active fault line. And many can still recall some of the strongest quakes to hit the state,

from the widespread damage caused by the 6.7 magnitude Northridge Earthquake to the building collapses from the Bay Area's Loma Prieta Earthquake.

State and federal agencies have a wealth of resources to help residents prepare for the inevitable next quake. Here is what you need to know before during and after the rumbling.

The State of California has created a tool that can warn residents seconds before an earthquake strikes. That amount of time can be lifesaving, according to researchers.

The early warning system are pushed through a smartphone app called MyShake. The California Earthquake Early Warning Program

works with the USGS to get ShakeAlerts sent to residents the moment researchers detect a quake over magnitude 5.0.

Find items that will easily move during an earthquake. The state says to think about what would tousle if your home was turned on its side and secure those items.

Making sure every member of your family knows how to turn the gas and electricity off.

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