Rubble from a collapsed Marina District apartment building litters one lot while across the street, a building is shored up in San Francisco on Oct. 1, 1989. (FEMA photo)

Mayor Orders San Francisco to Prepare for the Big One: 72 Percent Chance Before 2043

A Thursday mayoral missive ordering the city to prepare for the next major earthquake contains a startling seismic statistic about when to expect the big one.

According to a statement from the Office of Mayor London Breed, “It is estimated that San Francisco has a 72 percent chance of experiencing a 6.7 magnitude or greater earthquake before 2043.”

Breed says, “We know that the next major earthquake will hit at any time and every day we should be working to prepare for it,” announcing that she is ordering city organs to “make our buildings safer now, but also [create] a comprehensive plan” for recovery in the face of an eventual disaster.

Read more at Curbed SF

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