People throughout the United States are on edge and tension is running high after reports of the next Mega Natural Disaster went viral last week. Americans, especially those living on the west coast are preparing for a catastrophic natural disaster that will dwarf the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. And the 4.0 magnitude earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area last week may just be the catalyst.
According to CBS San Francisco Bay Area, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist is predicting a major quake on the Hayward Fault any day. The Hayward Fault begins near the city of Fremont CA and runs north through the cities of Hayward, Oakland and Berkley to San Pablo Bay. San Francisco is located just west of Oakland and the Hayward Fault. Although shaking from this earthquake was felt by residents throughout the area, the 4.0 earthquake, and it’s 13 smaller aftershocks, caused no major damage. But it did shake loose the following information from Tom Brocher, a research geophysicist with the USGS:
We keep a close eye on the Hayward Fault because it does sit in the heart of the Bay Area and when we do get a big earthquake on it, it’s going to have a big impact on the entire Bay Area.
The past five major earthquakes on the fault have been about 140 years apart, and now we’re 147 years from that 1868 earthquake, so we definitely feel that could happen at anytime.
While this most recent window rattler in the Bay Area may or may not have an impact on the next major earthquake, it’s worth noting that the Napa Valley just experienced a 4.1 magnitude earthquake this past May. And the Napa Valley also had a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in August 2014 that killed one person, injured hundreds and caused about $400,000,000.00 in damages.
Brocher urged people to prepare for a major earthquake and all indicators point to preparation being a wise choice.