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Study: Big earthquake could severely damage San Francisco’s waterfront

SF Embarcadero seawall

The seawall has a pyramid shape that runs the length of the Embarcadero, and it’s made up of rocks that were dumped into the Bay starting in the 19th century.

There is growing evidence that a big earthquake could severely damage San Francisco’s waterfront. Now, a new study claims the city’s aging seawall is in need of an upgrade.

From AT&T Park to Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco’s Embarcadero is a scenic and popular spot with locals and tourists alike. But this entire stretch of waterfront rests on top of mud and a nearly 100-year-old seawall that also sits on mud.

In a new report, commissioned by the Port of San Francisco, engineers studied the seawall. Their conclusion is that during a moderate-to-large earthquake, the wall could move several feet outward towards the Bay.

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