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Old 03-14-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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So a 6.8 would do all that?

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An earthquake of M6.8 or greater on the Hayward Fault, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay area, is increasingly likely. The last major earthquake on the Hayward Fault was in 1868, 140 years ago: research by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and others indicate the past five such earthquakes have been 140 years apart on average.

According to newly updated information from members of the 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance, a major earthquake on the Hayward fault would impact more than 5 million people and property and contents valued in excess of $1.5 trillion in the six counties surrounding the fault. If the 1868 earthquake were to reoccur today, Risk Management Solutions (RMS) estimates total economic losses to residential and commercial properties would likely exceed $165 billion. Other factors, such as fire, damage to infrastructure and related disruption would substantially increase the loss.

USGS Release: The Hayward Fault: America’s Most Dangerous? (3/20/2008 1:00:00 PM)

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/...ap/modeled.jpg

The Hayward Fault as it runs through UC Berkeley
http://www.dailycal.org/photos/20081022/103215-10.22.earthquake-01.jpg (broken link)
http://www.dailycal.org/photos/20081022/103215-10.22.earthquake-01.jpg (broken link)
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:37 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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It's your fault.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:01 PM
 
Location: State of Jefferson coast
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This is why small-scale earthquakes are a good thing. As long as the area keeps having its usual rash of M2 to M5 temblors, the Big One might be staved off for a long while yet.
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