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California
Chance of a M6.7+ or greater earthquake striking California within the next 30 years
>99%
Chance of 1 or more M6.7 or greater earthquakes striking CA*
Most Californians live within 30 miles of an active fault
30 Miles
Most Californians live within 30 miles of an active fault
Additional Regional Risk
15,700
Known faults in California (and scientists continue to discover new ones)

Select your county from the dropdown menu above, or click on your county on the California map to the left to learn more about California earthquake risk and faults near you.

*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

California
Chance of a M6.7+ or greater earthquake striking California within the next 30 years
>99%
Chance of 1 or more M6.7 or greater earthquakes striking CA*
Most Californians live within 30 miles of an active fault
30 Miles
Most Californians live within 30 miles of an active fault
Additional Regional Risk
15,700
Known faults in California (and scientists continue to discover new ones)

Select your county from the dropdown menu above to learn more about California earthquake risk and faults near you.

*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

North Coast
LLikelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Northern CA*
76%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Northern CA*
Notable zones Cascadia Subduction Zone & Mendocino Triple Junction
Cascadia Subduction Zone & Mendocino Triple Junction
Notable zones
Additional Regional Risk
Tsunamis Along the Coast
Additional Regional Risk
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

Shasta Cascade
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Northern CA*
76%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Northern CA*
Notable faults Cleveland Hills & Sierra Nevada
Cleveland Hills & Sierra Nevada
Notable faults
Proximity To An Active Fault
Within 20 Miles
Proximity To An Active Fault
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

Greater Bay Area
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Northern CA*
76%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Northern CA*
Notable faults San Andreas & Hayward
San Andreas & Hayward
Notable faults
Proximity To A Major Fault
Less Than 10 Miles
Proximity To A Major Fault
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

Delta Sierra
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Northern CA*
76%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Northern CA*
Notable faults and zone Cleveland Hills and Sierra Nevada faults & San Joaquin fault zone
Cleveland Hills and Sierra Nevada faults & San Joaquin fault zone
Notable faults and zone
Additional Regional Risk
Landslides, Liquefaction, Or Levee Failure
Additional Regional Risk
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

Central Coast
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
75%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
Notable faults San Andreas & San Gregorio
San Andreas & San Gregorio
Notable faults
Proximity To An Active Fault
Less Than 15 Miles
Proximity To An Active Fault
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

Central Valley South
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
75%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
Notable faults and zone San Andreas and Garlock faults & San Joaquin fault zone
San Andreas and Garlock faults & San Joaquin fault zone
Notable faults and zone
Additional Regional Risk
Landslides, liquefaction, or levee failure
Additional Regional Risk
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

Inyo/Mono
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
75%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
Notable fault and zone Owens Valley fault & Eastern California shear zone
Owens Valley fault & Eastern California shear zone
Notable fault and zone
Proximity To An Active Fault
Less Than 15 Miles
Proximity To An Active Fault
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

Southern California Coast
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
75%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
Notable faults San Andreas & over 100 smaller active faults
San Andreas & over 100 smaller active faults
Notable faults
Additional Regional Risk
Tsunamis Along the Coast
Additional Regional Risk
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

Inland Southern California
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
75%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
Notable faults San Andreas & San Jacinto
San Andreas & San Jacinto
Notable faults
Proximity To An Active Fault
Less than 10 miles
Proximity To An Active Fault
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

San Diego
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
75%
Likelihood of one or more M7.0+ Quakes striking Southern CA*
Notable faults Rose Canyon, Elsinore & San Jacinto
Rose Canyon, Elsinore & San Jacinto
Notable faults
Proximity To An Active Fault
Less Than 15 Miles
Proximity To An Active Fault
More Info About County Name County


*The probability is based on a 30-year period, beginning in 2014.

Our Residential Earthquake Insurance Policies

Choose your residential earthquake insurance policy type below to see information, coverages, and rates available for your property.

ABOUT CAlifornia earthquake authority

CEA’s not-for-profit mission makes California residential earthquake insurance affordable and flexible. More than 1 million California policyholders trust CEA’s $17 billion claim-paying ability. We help homeowners, mobilehome owners, condo-unit owners, and renters before and after the big one strikes.

We educate, mitigate, and insure:

After the 6.7 magnitude 1994 Northridge earthquake—which damaged or destroyed thousands of homes—CEA was created by the California Legislature in 1996 to offer earthquake insurance coverage in California.

Our affordable and flexible policies—based on the best available science—have expanded over two decades. We work with 24 participating residential insurance companies to offer California homeowners, mobilehome owners, condo-unit owners, and renters home insurance policies.

Use our free premium calculator to get a quick, reliable estimate for your CEA earthquake insurance policy costs.

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Where to Buy Earthquake Insurance

CEA residential earthquake insurance is sold as a separate, companion policy with your standard homeowners or renters insurance.
It’s easy to buy—just call your home insurance agent.

1. Begin by using the free CEA earthquake insurance estimator to compare our earthquake coverages.

2. Share the estimate with your insurance agent via email/phone.

3. Call your insurance agent to finalize your policy.

4. Buy today. You don’t have to wait until your homeowners renewal date to purchase earthquake insurance coverage.

5. Pay through the options your insurance carrier offers.

We work with 24 participating residential insurance carriers that provide earthquake coverage in California.

Use our free premium calculator to get a quick, reliable estimate for your CEA earthquake insurance policy costs.

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TOP Questions and answers

Top FAQs

We've gathered the most frequently asked questions to help you understand how a CEA policy can help you recover from the next damaging earthquake.
Q. What is Earthquake Insurance?

A. Though California has nearly 16,000 known earthquake faults, you are not required by state law to carry earthquake insurance. Your basic homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover earthquake damage. Without separate earthquake insurance coverage, you will be responsible for all of the cost to repair your home and replace your belongings after a damaging earthquake occurs.

Earthquake insurance coverage guards against financially devastating shaking events. 

CEA earthquake policies cover houses, mobilehomes, condo-units, and rental homes. Buy separate earthquake insurance coverage in California through your home insurance provider.

Our residential earthquake insurance policies offer coverage for:

  • Repairs to your home/mobilehome/condo-units.
  • Costs of living elsewhere while repairs are being made to your house/mobilehome/condo-unit/rental home after an earthquake.
  • Replacement of the valuable contents in the home you own or rent.

Buy CEA earthquake insurance today to protect your life savings.

Q. Is Earthquake Insurance Really Worth it?

A. If you've never felt an earthquake tremor in your life, do you really need California earthquake insurance coverage?

Consider this.

  • Damage from a minor quake is most often limited to broken windows and dishes.
  • But a big quake may trigger catastrophic damage to your home’s structure and foundation—and may require use of your hard-earned life savings to repair damage to your home.
  • Scientists say larger earthquakes are a matter of when, not if. Earthquakes are a certainty in California.

Your basic homeowners policy does not cover earthquake damage. Californians must purchase a separate, companion earthquake insurance policy. Without earthquake insurance coverage in California, you will be responsible for 100 percent of the cost to repair your home, and replace your belongings after a damaging earthquake strikes.

Given the potential cost to repair shake damage, the cost of a CEA policy may be an easy expense to justify. According to a Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast  study, there is more than a 99% chance of one or more magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquakes striking California.

Ask yourself: after a major earthquake, could you:

  1. Afford to repair or replace your home without insurance;
  2. Cover the full costs of living elsewhere—while still paying your mortgage—during the time repairs are being made; and
  3. Replace the valuable contents of your home?

Compare those big-ticket expenses to an investment in earthquake insurance coverage—combined with the value of having peace of mind when the big one strikes.

Q. Do I Need Earthquake Insurance in California?

A. Live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Coast, Central Valley, Sierra Mountains or SoCal? Then you live in areas of greater earthquake risk.

Still, all of California is earthquake country.

Most Californians live within only 30 miles of an active earthquake fault. There are nearly 16,000 known faults, and scientists continue to find new faults.

Consider this likely scenario with a large earthquake:

  • Earthquakes can cause extensive damage to the foundation, siding and roof of homes. Older homes built before 1980 on a raised foundation are especially vulnerable if they are not retrofitted.
  • Without residential earthquake insurance you will be responsible for all repair and/or rebuilding costs.
  • Government disaster assistance, if available, only comes in the form of a small grant or capped loan, which may cover only a portion of your repair costs.
  • Without Loss of Use earthquake coverage—which includes covering additional expenses of living elsewhere—you’d still be paying your mortgage plus temporary housing rent during the time repairs are underway.

CEA earthquake insurance policies protect you against financially devastating shaking events. 

Q. How Much Does Earthquake Insurance Cost?

A. CEA offers the best affordable and flexible earthquake policies. Choose the kind of coverage that fits your budget. Residential earthquake insurance typically pays for damaged walls, foundations, and ceilings. Options can also cover household items that are destroyed or need repair due to an earthquake, such as electronics and appliances.

Our residential earthquake insurance rates are based on the latest science, not profit. Premiums are determined by many factors, including:

  • Your home’s age.
  • Its location near a fault.
  • Foundation type (raised, slab or other).
  • Construction (masonry or frame) type.
  • Roof type.

Find out about CEA’s premium discounts for retrofitted older homes and mobilehomes.  Grants to help pay for a house retrofit are available to people with eligible houses in select ZIP Codes from the Earthquake Brace & Bolt (EBB) program, and the CEA Brace + Bolt (CEA BB) program.

Q. How Do I Qualify for a Discounted Premium?

A, Have you been looking for a discounted rate for earthquake insurance?

CEA offers residential earthquake insurance premium discounts for older houses (up to 25%), and mobilehomes (21%) that have been properly retrofitted to better withstand earthquakes. A seismic retrofit involves strengthening your dwelling to make it more resistant to shaking.

Find out about CEA’s discounts for retrofitted older homes. Mobilehomes that are properly retrofitted are also eligible for premium discounts. Grants for retrofitting may also be available.

CEA’s affordable and flexible earthquake insurance policies allow you to choose the kind of coverage and deductibles that fit your budget.

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Meet Your Peace Of Mind Providers

With more than 1 million policyholders, CEA is one of the world's largest providers of residential earthquake insurance. Since 1996, CEA has been encouraging California homeowners, mobilehome owners, condo-unit owners and renters to reduce their risk of earthquake damage and loss through education, mitigation and insurance. 

Brace + Bolt Story

A CEA Brace + Bolt Testimonial

Susan from Los Angeles says: "With [CEA's] support and guidance, I got my house bolted quickly, received the $3,000 reimbursement they offered…and was able to receive a 15% discount on my earthquake insurance policy." Read more about her experience and learn how you may qualify for a CEA Brace + Bolt or an Earthquake Brace + Bolt grant!

Learn more about brace and bolt grants

Susan from Los Angeles says: "With [CEA's] support and guidance, I got my house bolted quickly, received the $3,000 reimbursement they offered…and was able to receive a 15% discount on my earthquake insurance policy." Read more about her experience and learn how you may qualify for a CEA Brace + Bolt or an Earthquake Brace + Bolt grant!
The Latest from CEA
Recent California Earthquake Activity
M 3.1
13km NW of Bridgeport, CA
Time
Friday, November 22, 2019
6:39 AM
Location
38.349°N 119.313°W
Depth
0.83999999999999997 km ( 0.52 mi )

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M 2.5
30km SW of Bolinas, CA
Time
Thursday, November 21, 2019
10:21 AM
Location
37.728°N 122.937°W
Depth
0.070000000000000007 km ( 0.04 mi )

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M 2.6
36km W of Petrolia, CA
Time
Thursday, November 21, 2019
9:51 AM
Location
40.293°N 124.711°W
Depth
18.16 km ( 11.28 mi )

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M 2.7
7km SE of Kettleman City, CA
Time
Thursday, November 21, 2019
12:29 AM
Location
35.967°N 119.904°W
Depth
8.7899999999999991 km ( 5.46 mi )

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M 2.7
13km ENE of Ridgecrest, CA
Time
Thursday, November 21, 2019
12:14 AM
Location
35.680°N 117.553°W
Depth
7.2400000000000002 km ( 4.50 mi )

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As of September 30, 2019

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