Video: USGS releases new maps of Rogers Creek Fault in Sonoma County


SONOMA COUNTY (KRON) — The United States Geological Survey has released new maps of the Rogers Creek fault in Sonoma County that show the fault may be more dangerous than originally believed.

For a long time, geologists thought that the fault ran in a single straight line through the City of Santa Rosa. But new research shows the fault is actually made up of dozens of smaller lines that criss-cross the city.

There are now schools, churches, and homes sitting on top of previously unknown faults. vlcsnap-2016-04-06-21h08m40s33

Residents KRON spoke to on Wednesday afternoon seemed to take the news in stride.

“There’s nothing I can do about it, and so my house is bolted down well, and so I will just live with it,” said Darlene Bradley, who lives on the fault line.

The USGS hopes the new maps will help residents in Santa Rosa be better prepared for earthquakes in the future.

Watch the above video to see Charles Clifford’s full report.

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