Quake hits San Francisco, shaking Berkeley awake

Randall Padilla
January 7, 2018

There are no reported injuries. "It just rocked the room and bed like two or three times quickly with a decently loud rumble in North Berkeley", Dale Fest wrote on the San Francisco Chronicle's Facebook page. The natural disaster was downgraded to a magnitude 4.4 after initial data suggested it was larger.

The USGS acknowledged though that the natural disaster was relatively deep for a Hayward Fault quake. "If there isn't a large quake in the next couple of the days the odds go down".

Interim San Francisco Mayor London Breed advised residents of the city that "there is no tsunami expected and departments are working on preliminary damage reports".

The 1868 quake was the 12th most lethal in California history, killing 30 people.

Knudson said the USGS had learned earthquakes, at least on the southern part of the Hayward Fault, occur every 140, 150 to 160 years.

The epicenter was in Berkeley just across the bay from San Francisco
The epicenter was in Berkeley just across the bay from San Francisco

The last major quake along the Hayward fault happened in October of 1868, when a magnitude 6.8 hit the San Francisco Bay region, making it the most destructive natural disaster in the state's history. In fact the 150th anniversary is coming up - we think that natural disaster was a magnitude 6.8 or so. Don Drysdale, Spokesman for the California Geological Survey, discussed the current quake and what people should be aware of.

One Twitter user posted a video showing an aisle in a Safeway grocery store in San Leandro, peppered with toiletries that had fallen to the ground.

USGS officials said that usually older structures suffer more damage in earthquakes.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system said it had checked tracks for damage and found no problems. "Normal speeds will resume following".

In the South Bay, the VTA also reported delays due to routine inspections.

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