Take a Tour of the Hayward Fault
The fault is slowly moving, resulting in offset of structures like this curb.
The Hayward fault is an extremely interesting feature of the East Bay and you can see its footprints all over the place once you know where and how to look. There are many easy tours you can take to get a closer look at this subterranean beast, as well as maps to find out how close you live to the fault and what seismic hazards—such as landslides or liquefaction—exist near you.
The USGS has made a virtual tour using Google Earth. You can look at numerous pictures along the fault as well as view the actual fault path, all with beautiful satellite images! You can also find maps of the fault path without having to use Google Earth.
Dr. Sue Ellen Hirschfeld, previously a Professor of Geology at Califorina State University, East Bay, has an informative website with lots of photos and interesting places to visit. It is divided into small regions from Fremont to San Pablo Bay.
If you are around the UC Berkeley area, consider going on a mini-tour. We have put together an easy walking tour in and around the campus that showcases some evidence of the Hayward fault. There is another walking tour available as a printable field trip guide
which goes into much greater detail of the fault.
A shaking intensity map for the 1868 Hayward fault earthquake, cortesy of the USGS.
For those interested in more information on the famous 1868 Hayward fault earthquake, the USGS has great information about this event. Take a virtual tour with Google Earth to explore what the East Bay looked like in 1868 and what the damage was like. You can also view a shake map for the event and see how severe the earthquake was in different parts of the Bay Area.
Along with great virtual tours, the USGS has many wonderful sets of maps of the Bay Area that show different aspects of living in such a tectonically active area. Click the link below to look at different faults in the Bay area as well as other neat maps of the Bay!