Bay Area's most dangerous fault is a 'tectonic time bomb'

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Thursday morning's magnitude 4.4 earthquake in Berkeley was a reminder that we live over a ticking time bomb, or as seismologists call it "a tectonic time bomb."

It's called the Hayward Fault and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey say it will likely produce an earthquake with a magnitude 6.8 or greater sometime over the next 30 years.

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It's already overdue.

The last major quake on the Hayward Fault was on October 21, 1868. That's 149 years ago.

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On average, the Hayward Fault has a major quake every 140 years. When it does, experts say the damage will be catastrophic.

Watch the video to learn more about the Hayward Fault and how it is a driving force behind other Bay Area faults, including the one that caused the destructive Napa quake in 2014.

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Recent small quakes around the Bay Area are good reminders to be prepared for when a larger one strikes.

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