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Earthquake Bay Area Fault Lines
Update | An earthquake struck the Bay Area early Thursday morning along a fault line that U.S. Geological Survey scientists have called a “tectonic time bomb.”
The Hayward fault where the quake shook lies beneath a highly populated area in the Bay—and the next "big one" could be a magnitude 6.8 to 7 earthquake. This fault zone runs from San Pablo Bay in the north to Fremont in the south—passing through Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward and Fremont.
Investigation into the Hayward Fault and the Rodgers Creek Fault in the Bay Area reveals potential for real devastation
The San Andreas Fault is a continental transform fault that extends roughly 1,200 kilometers (750 mi) through California. It forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, and its motion is right-lateral strike-slip (horizontal).
The most important parameter controlling the maximum earthquake magnitude on a fault is however not the maximum available length, but the available width because the latter varies by a factor of 20.
Fault Lines in the US: This Map Shows the Major Earthquake Hazard Areas Within the United States. Watch the video about the major active US fault lines.
New data from state geologists show that an earthquake fault runs below Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills’ shopping district, heightening the known seismic risk in an area famous for Cartier, Gucci, Prada and other luxury brands.
When Will the Next Big One Hit? California's Bay Area Gets Hit With Two Earthquakes in One Day
Kathryn Schulz writes about the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia fault line, and the region’s inadequate disaster-preparedness plans.
If you saw the Warner Bros. disaster movie, San Andreas, then you know all about the infamous California fault line and its potential for causing chaos.But why does the San Andreas Fault get all the attention in movieland?