Did a consultant jinx the Hayward foothills?
At a meeting last night at Centennial Hall to discuss what to do with Caltrans’ 300-plus acres of surplus Hayward land, consultant Tim Rood described much of the property as undevelopable.
“What this shows is some liquefaction zones, some landslide zones,” he said, calling attention to a big, colorful map of various dangers.
In particular, he talked about the steep slopes behind Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and beneath California State University, East Bay, as “pretty significant potential for heavy seismic activity.”
And, lo and behold, a small earthquake struck near the university’s stadium and baseball field sometime after 4 a.m. today, waking a lot of people up.
(Please note that the red star above marks a random piece of Caltrans-owned property, not the epicenter of the earthquake. The red line is the main identified trace of the Hayward fault and the yellow ribbon is what’s called the Fault Zone.)
[On an unrelated note, I walked out of that meeting, which attracted about 150 people, and was surrounded (slight exaggeration) by four raccoons on my way to the parking garage. I guess now we know what's been going on at the City Center Building during its 12 or so years of vacancy.]