USGS finds long-obscured earthquake fault in downtown Santa Rosa

A team from the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, led by geologist Suzanne Hecker, discovered the fault’s signs throughout the city’s downtown area where redevelopment has long obscured the evidence of past quakes, Hecker said.

The most recent official estimates by the Geological Survey indicate there is a 31 percent probability of a quake with a magnitude 6.7 or greater striking somewhere on the combined Rodgers Creek and Hayward faults in the next 30 years, and recent research has made it clearer than ever that they are linked into a single fault beneath San Pablo Bay.

According to the latest census

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