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Price tag to prevent massive earthquake damage in SF: $3 billion




A report released by the Port of San Francisco last week has projected  the impact of a major tremor on the bustling Embarcadero area in San Francisco.
A report released by the Port of San Francisco last week has projected the impact of a major tremor on the bustling Embarcadero area in San Francisco.
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Today marks the 110th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

The 8.7 magnitude quake caused thousands of lives, and property damage in the hundreds of millions of dollars. And the kind of devastation experienced a century ago could easily be felt again today in the event of a major earthquake.

A report released by the Port of San Francisco last week has projected  the impact of a major tremor on the bustling Embarcadero area in San Francisco. The report predicts that the 3-mile sea wall built along the Embarcadero would likely be pushed out into the bay, causing massive infrastructural damage.

The cost to reinforce the sea wall is estimated by the report to range from $2 to $3 billion.

Informational presentation on the Results of the Earthquake Vulnerability Study of the Northern Waterfront...

Guest:

Ron Lin, LA Times reporter who’s behind the story; he tweets from @ronlin

Patrick Otellini, Chief Resilience Officer, City of San Francisco