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PubTalk 4/2008 — The Hayward Fault in Google Earth

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Visualizing Past, Present, and Future Earthquakes

USGS scientists David Schwartz, Heather Lackey, Luke Blair, and Scott Haefner take you on a virtual tour of the Bay Area's most urbanized fault


  • Explore the destructive 1868 Hayward earthquake and today's earthquake hazards using Google Earth
  • Nearly 2.4 million people in the East Bay, critical infrastracture and lifelines, and large public facilities are vulnerable to significant damage
  • Scientists have estimated a high probability of a large earthquake on the Hayward Fault, the single most dangerous in the entire Bay Area
  • The next large Hayward Fault earthquake will affect the entire Bay Area, are you prepared?




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