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EARTH: The most dangerous fault in America

American Geosciences Institute

Alexandria, VA - When people think of dangerous faults in America, the the San Andreas probably comes to mind first. But another potentially greater threat lurks in the East Bay region of Northern California, just a stone's throw from San Francisco and the tech hub of Silicon Valley: the Hayward Fault. In the June issue, EARTH Magazine guest author Steven Newton lays out just what is at risk, and what to expect when an earthquake strikes on what may be the most dangerous fault in America.

Vestiges of the Hayward Fault's perpetual motion are everywhere: Offset sidewalk curbs, cracking roads and homes, and even cracks in the University of California -Berkeley's football stadium show the fault's location and remind geologists of the impending hazard. In 2015, the Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities determined that there was a 72% chance of an earthquake here within the next 30 years, and one that could measure a magnitude 6.7 or even greater.

EARTH looks at how much the area has changed since the last quake hit in 1868 and what we've learned since then about the fault. Find out what has been done to prevent substantial losses to the local infrastructure, economy, and most importantly, population, in this issue of EARTH Magazine:

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The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.

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