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1906 San Francisco earthquake.

 



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The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was a major earthquake that struck San Francisco, California, and the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906.
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Next major earthquake on Hayward fault will be catastrophic
It could be the Bay Area's Hurricane Katrina. Or worse.
When the Hayward fault has its next major earthquake, and scientists say it's a matter of when, not if, the results will be catastrophic.
A new study by Risk Management Solutions in Newark estimates that damage and losses from shaking alone in a magnitude 6.8 earthquake could exceed $165 billion. Damage from fires could push the number even higher.

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The Hayward Fault Zone is a geologic fault zone capable of generating significantly destructive earthquakes, running mainly along the western base of the hills on the east side of San Francisco Bay. It runs through densely-populated areas, including the cities of Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, and San Jose.

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Another magnitude 7.9 earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area would probably produce much stronger shaking than the catastrophic 1906 event of the same size.

The wider region should also expect thousands of fatalities and economic losses in the billions.
These conclusions are contained in two reports released to coincide with the 18 April centennial of the great quake that destroyed the city and killed 3,000 people.
The studies will be discussed at a special conference this week.
Scientists say there is a 62% chance the next big quake - a magnitude 6.7 or larger - will likely come within 30 years.

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