It’s not very often that one gets to stand on a fault* and know it too. If you are visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a place where you can go and take a ‘my feet went there’ photograph while standing on a major fault – the Hayward Fault.
|A part of the Hayward Fault at the Oakland Zoo, Ca.|
|A map of the San Francisco Bay and the ‘Bay Area’ with its two prominent Faults — San Andreas and Hayward Faults|
These pictures are from Oakland Zoo in Oakland, California. And this section of the Hayward Fault is said to have been discovered in 2003. For those of you who do not know — California has faults aplenty and the Hayward Fault is one of the bigger ones. This fault lies on the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay (See picture above. The black line on the left is the longer San Andreas Fault that runs through almost the whole length of the State of California).
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*A fault is a crack in the earth’s crust, along which earthquakes generally take place.