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Bay Area Earthquake Hayward Fault
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.
The worst scenario for the next earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area is not from the San Andreas Fault, experts say, but from the Hayward Fault.
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook up the San Francisco Bay Area early Thursday. More than 9.8 million people were estimated to be in the area of the shaking.
A 4.4 magnitude earthquake centered along a seismically active 5-mile stretch of Hayward fault near the UC-Berkeley campus and the historic Claremont Hotel jolted the Bay Area awake early Thursday.
The Hayward Fault Zone is a geologic fault zone capable of generating destructive earthquakes.This fault is about 74 mi (119 km) long, situated mainly along the western base of the hills on the east side of San Francisco Bay.
Bay Area earthquake history. Since 1836, there have been five earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area with a magnitude of 6.75 or higher.
A 3.8 earthquake shook the South Bay on Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
It's 4:18 in the afternoon in Oakland, California. Deep below the city, the Hayward Fault -- one of the most active fault lines in the country -- suddenly slips, setting off a magnitude-7.0 earthquake.
In the next 30 years, there is a one-in-three chance that the Hayward fault will rupture with a 6.7 magnitude or higher earthquake, according to the United States Geologic Survey (USGS).
The San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco’s destruction 112 years ago Wednesday. But new research shows that a much less well-known fault, running under the heart of the East Bay, poses a greater ...