San Francisco prepares for next major earthquake

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The recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan occurred on the boundaries of the Ring of Fire — a horse-shoe shaped string of more than 450 volcanoes along the Pacific coastlines of four continents.

The city of San Francisco lies on this boundary with two other major fault lines — the Hayward and San Andreas — nearby.

CCTV America’s Mark Niu has more on the city’s preparations for the next big one.

San Francisco prepares for next major earthquake

San Francisco prepares for next major earthquake

The recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan occurred on the boundaries of the Ring of Fire — a horse-shoe shaped string of more than 450 volcanoes along the Pacific coastlines of four continents.

In 1906, 80 percent of San Francisco was destroyed in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. In 1989, 63 people died from a quake measuring 6.9.

Since the last major quake in the late 1980’s, public officials have pushed for programs to protect the city from future devastation. Programs and contractors are working to secure buildings and residences throughout the city.


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Andrew Michael discusses earthquake preparedness and natural disasters

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One More Question for Ross Stein, Co-Founder & CEO, Temblor and Scientist Emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey
Mark Niu asked: “Is the recent spate of earthquakes connected?”