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And speaking of end times, The Chron’s excellent David Perlman reports that “there is a 65 percent chance for a ‘strong and possibly damaging aftershock'” after Saturday’s 6.5 magnitude quake off the California coast.

65%? Quell the anxiety that figure might be giving you with a look at their infographic intended to explain the congruence of the plates. WHAT IS THAT LINE THAT GOES THROUGH SF. Oh, god, we’re fucked.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    I’m more worried about the response than the quake itself. I’m really worried SF city gov’t simply isn’t prepared, and we run the risk of having a Katrina style FAIL. Remember, for many years we had an untalented political hack in charge of the local version of FEMA…

  • Erik

    The San Andreas Fault trace never touches San Francisco. It goes offshore in Daly City and back onshore near Bolinas. As usual, it is undesirable elements from the East Bay or peninsula that are most likely to cause problems in our fair city. In fact I’m pretty sure there are zero active faults within the SF city limits, which is more than can be said for the rest of the bay area.

  • Eve Batey

    Erik, does the placement of the SA fault mean that in a REAL big one, we will, indeed, fall into the ocean? Because I was kind of joking about that, but now I feel bad!

    And if this is NOT the case, how can we get people to believe that it IS, so they will all leave and you and I can split the remaining property between the two of us?

    Then again, any geology knowledge I gleaned in high school has been replaced by the pseudo science of 2012. Why think reasonably about plate tectonics when one can panic about not making it into the (SPOILER) giant boat because ones bank account does not contain 1 billion euros?

  • Erik

    The only things falling in the ocean during the big one will be people standing too close to the edge of a wharf when it happens.