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The 5 worst (and 5 best) places to live in the S.F. Bay Area if the great 1906 earthquake recurred

Citation: Mirwald, A., Stein, R.S., Sevilgen, V. (2019), The 5 worst (and 5 best) places to live in the S.F. Bay Area if the great 1906 earthquake recurred today, Temblor, http://doi.org/10.32858/temblor.019


The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. Despite more than a century of improvement in structural design and construction, if the same earthquake were to strike again, the shaking damage likely would be even greater. That is largely because of the 20-fold increase in population, a significant portion of which occupies homes and offices built on Gold Rush and other artificial fill. While exact repeats of earthquakes are rare, large shocks loom in the Bay area’s future and so knowing your risk will enable you to take action now to reduce it.




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