Page last updated at 17:31 GMT, Monday, 20 October 2008 18:31 UK

Hayward Fault earthquake simulation

The Hayward Fault is part of the network of geological flaws running through the San Francisco Bay Area that together make up the San Andreas Fault System.

The Hayward is considered to be the most dangerous urban fault in America and of all those in the Bay area, it has the highest probability of breaking in the coming years.

This animation illustrates the likely shaking of an earthquake on a similar scale to the last major event in 1868.

Animation courtesy of US Geological Survey.

Story Tools

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific