Earthquake Prone Areas In Bay Area

The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in Northern California on October 17 at 5:04 p.m. local time (1989-10-18 00:04 UTC). The shock was centered in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park approximately 10 mi (16 km) northeast of Santa Cruz on a section of the San Andreas Fault System and was named for the nearby Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

A new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey backed by key academic, local and industry partners, reveals the type of scenario the Bay Area could live if a 7.0 magnitude earthquake fractured the Hayward Fault under the Oakland area.

What is an earthquake? Earthquakes are the vibrations caused by rocks breaking under stress. The underground surface along which the rock breaks and moves is called a fault plane.

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 fault divides into three segments, each with different characteristics and a different degree of earthquake risk.

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Holmes was an author of research published in November last year that found there was no difference in the price of insurance for high risk locations compared to low risk areas in the Hawke's Bay.

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.

Availability: Entire US Back to Top . AP (Alquist-Priolo) Fault Zones This report shows you whether or nor a property falls into an Alquist-Priolo Fault Zone. AP Fault Zones are designated by the California Department of Mines & Geology as areas near active faults.

The purpose of earthquake retrofitting is to keep your home from being displaced from its foundation during an earthquake. Studies show the retrofitted homes in areas hit hard by earthquakes have performed well, with little or no structural damage.

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