Forget Cascadia and San Andreas: A Hayward fault megaquake could cause ‘greatest natural disaster ever to hit the US’, warn experts

A rider with scales sits upon a black horse. This depiction is represenative of a scarcity of food and famine.


Ellie Zolfagharifard For – May 24, 2016

The San Andreas and Cascadia fault have a potentially deadlier counterpart lurking in the East Bay region of Northern California.

Known as the Hayward Fault, it extends from San Pablo Bay in the north to Fremont in the south, passing through heavily populated areas including Berkeley, Oakland and Hayward.

Vestiges of the its perpetual motion are everywhere: Offset sidewalk curbs, cracking roads and homes, and even cracks in the University of California -Berkeley’s football stadium.

And scientists are warning it could trigger a earthquake any day now creating one of the ‘greatest natural disaster ever to hit the US.