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Monday, August 17, 2015

Earthquake Review: Hayward Fault, 2015 Vintage, Three Stars

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 10:13 AM

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A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early this morning, according to the US Geological Service and those of us who were awakened at 6:49 a.m. by several seconds of strong, rolling quakes that left us a tad queasy and on edge. The quake was centered in Oakland, between Lake Temescal and the Mountain View Cemetery, according to a USGS map, and was felt as far away as San Francisco and Vallejo. There were several small aftershocks

A deep-bodied quake, with a depth of 5.4 km, Monday's tremor bore earthy undertones and a rich, loamy bouquet. Unfortunately, there was a slightly acidic aftertaste, perhaps due to the taster's ever-growing awareness of the dangers of the Hayward Fault. The quake's provenance has been described by USGS geologist Thomas Bocher as a "tectonic time bomb" that "could cause hundreds of deaths, leave thousands homeless, and devastate the region’s economy."

Three Stars. 

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Julia Carrie Wong's work has appeared in numerous local and national titles including 48hills, Salon, In These Times, The Nation, and The New Yorker.

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