The best way to experience the Hayward fault is to walk
a section of the fault. An excellent and very accessible
place to follow the fault is through downtown Hayward.
However, the features seen in Hayward are visible at
sites all along the fault.
Bend in retaining
Two traces or
branches of the Hayward fault were visible
D Street in 1993 before the street was repaired
and the curbs were
replaced. The right-lateral bend in the curbs
and the retaining wall
locate the traces.
1997 - A fault trace runs directly under old City Hall.
This building was
abandoned because of the damage to the structure due to
On C Street, evidence of damage due to creep can be seen
in the corner
of the brick building. This whole building has been bent
by creep. (Los Compadres Restaurant is no longer at this
This is a close-up of the corner of the building damaged
Note evidence of frequent repair.
Several years later the damaged corner of the building
was repaired and the bricks were replaced.
The corner of the building was eventually replaced with
a new brick fašade.
1991 - The walkway and curb along
the side of the building between C
Street and B Street (facing Main Street) are clearly bent
Picture shows an alley lined by brick buildings that
face B Street.
Gutter along the alley is clearly offset right