At 6:49 a.m. last Tuesday the Hayward Fault tapped the East Bay on the shoulder and said, "Here is a small taste of things to come, are you ready for everything I can throw at you?" How many Alameda residents would have been truly ready if that earthquake had registered 6.9, rather than 4.0, on the Richter scale? Would they have been prepared for a temblor that would have closed all the bridges, shut down the tubes and disrupted telephone service?