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Shocker: Big One Will Be Really Brutal

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If the foreclosure doesn't get the house, maybe the big one will. In an effort to perhaps scare us all into earthquake insurance, Newark-based Risk Management Solutions has released a study detailing just how bad The Big One would be for the Bay Area: more than $200 billion bad, it turns out. That includes property damage from the quake and resulting fires plus "loss amplification" from rain and shortages of builders. The Hayward fault hasn't shaken up in 140 years, so we're right on schedule. [SF Business Times]