What a big Covid-era earthquake would mean for the Bay Area

Low-income people living in riskier buildings could bear the brunt of the disaster

When the big quake hits the San Francisco Bay Area, it won’t discriminate: it will shake homes, schools and hospitals without regard to race, income or age. But its impact on residents will be far from equal.

As with many things in this popular California region, the lowest-income populations, often communities of color, stand to bear the brunt of the disaster. A lot of that risk has to do with housing, experts say, a risk that could be amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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