San Andreas Fault Brings Back Memories of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
San Francisco residents are no strangers to earthquake damage, and the Bay Area welcomed the New Year with several minor shakes. A moderate earthquake along California’s San Andreas Fault recently hit the central coastal area. Although the quake only measured 4.4 on the Richter scale, it was significant enough to remind residents of the catastrophic disaster that occurred in 1906.
Few homeowners have earthquake insurance in the Bay Area, and in Aug. 2014, many people suffered devastating property damage when a massive quake measuring 6.0 struck the area. Some residents are still fixing the damage to their homes.
If you were the victim of the recent quakes or inclement weather in San Francisco, call Allied Restoration Company. We specialize in repairing and preventing earthquake damage in Marin County and surrounding areas. Call today at 415-529-5637 for a free repair estimate.
More Info on Recent California Earthquakes
The earthquake that struck on Jan. 20 this year centered roughly 120 miles southeast of San Francisco. According to UPI, the San Andreas Fault stretches across hundreds of miles along western California, and it forms the boundary between two fast-moving plates that are headed in opposite directions.
An earthquake along the San Andreas Fault was responsible for the deaths of 3,000 people in San Francisco on Apr. 18, 1906. The epicenter was about 2 miles offshore, but it ruptured the fault from Cape Mendocino and southward to San Juan Bautista. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the resulting fire burned 5 square miles of San Francisco to the ground, and 225,000 people were homeless after the earthquake.
Sixty-four people died during the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, which caused the collapse of a section of highway in Oakland. The San Andreas Fault was also responsible for the shakedown in 1838, which struck near the peninsula segment. The latest quake on Jan. 20 did not do much damage, but almost everybody felt the tremors.
In 2003, the Working Group for California Earthquake Probability predicted that the San Andreas Fault is likely to shift and cause a magnitude 6.7, possibly larger, earthquake within the next 3 decades. Earthquake insurance in San Francisco has become a real necessity for residents, but fortunately, there are ways to qualify for insurance discounts if your property is reinforced to withstand the elements.
To learn more about earthquake insurance discounts, call Allied Restoration Company at 415-529-5637.