The chance of a major earthquake rocking Marin has just increased, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities has updated its earthquake forecast and determined there is a 72 percent probability — up from 63 percent ­— of at least one earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater striking somewhere in the Bay Area before 2043.

“Earthquakes this large are capable of causing widespread damage; therefore, communities in the region should take simple steps to help reduce injuries, damage, and disruption, as well as accelerate recovery from these earthquakes,” according to the report released last month. “The number really doesn’t matter, either one is big,” said David Schwartz, a USGS geologist in the earthquake program. “No one is immune. There is no escape in the Bay Area from a strong earthquake and everyone has to be prepared.” READ MORE