Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate

Views From McCone: Farallon Islands Visible From UC Berkeley

Monday, December 11, 2017

A minor, but persistent, wind storm produced gusts in the Bay Area creating a rare opportunity for UC Berkeley students and staff to view the Farallon Islands from McCone Hall.

Located 30 miles off shore from the San Francisco Bay, the islands are officially a part of the city and county of San Francisco and our off limits to tourists.

However, the Berkeley Seismology Lab (sister department of EPS) does maintain equipment on the islands.

When adding in the distance from McCone Hall to the Golden Gate, the islands (which are visible in our photos) are actually about 50 miles away.

That's the distance from UC Berkeley to San Jose.