The steep incline at the eastern leg of Dwight Way, near the Clark Kerr Campus, lies across the Hayward fault scarp.
Some of the curbs that lie
along the fault, like this one on Dwight Way, are deformed by slow fault
creep. A recent study headed by Professor Roland Bürgmann suggests that this type of gradual slippage occurs at depth as well, instead of only near the surface, as previously thought, relieving much of the stress along this segment of the fault.
The Hayward Fault,
like the San Andreas, exhibits primarily
motion, indicative of the Pacific Plate's northward motion relative to
the North American Plate. Looking west across the fault, the land on the
other side is moving right (north) relative to the photographer.