San Francisco

Where is it in the map? What makes it so dangerous? How is it developed to cope with tectonic activity?

We look into these questions and see what life is like living on a plate boundary.


San Francisco is in California, America. California is on the west coast. California and San Francisco are both right on the edge of the North American Plate.


The nearby San Andreas and Hayward Faults are responsible for much earthquake activity, although neither physically passes through the city itself. The San Andreas Fault caused the earthquakes in 1906 and 1989. Minor earthquakes occur on a regular basis. The threat of major earthquakes plays a large role in the city's infrastructure development.

Buildings in San Francisco are now being designed to with stand earthquakes by absorbing the energy of the earthquake in stead of being hit by it. The Transamerica Pyramid is a good example of this. Because of its shape it moves with the earthquake.


A lot of people have emergency kits in there homes. These normally include: ●Money ●first-aid items ●Blankets ●Tinned food and Water ●Torches