Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Big Quake Will Be Really Bad

By Chris Thompson
Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 7:49 AM

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have refined their estimates of the damage a major quake along the Hayward fault would cause, and they held a press conference at Cal State East Bay to talk about it.

Here's what they found: A 7.0 quake will very likely happen soon; between 2 and 4 million people will be in the impact zone; the quake could kill about 4,500 people and cause $210 billion in economic damage, more than any natural disaster in recent memory, including Hurricane Katrina; only about 7 percent of the homes damaged will be covered by earthquake insurance. For some really cool and frightening simulations of the disaster, click here.

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