San Francisco earthquake: Tremor centered near Berkeley

PUBLISHED Thu, January 04, 2018 - 6:05am EST
Credit: USGS

A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 struck near Berkeley on early Thursday morning, with shaking felt widely across the San Francisco Bay Area, residents and seismologists say.

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The earthquake, which struck at 2:39 a.m. PT on Thursday, was centered about 2 miles east-southeast of Berkeley, or about 11 miles northeast of San Francisco. It struck at a depth of 8 miles, making it a very shallow earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of Thursday's earthquake at 4.5. Residents across the San Francisco area reported feeling the tremor, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

"Several seconds long, stronger than usual, scared the pets," one resident in Berkeley told EMSC. Many residents in the Berkeley area said the early-morning earthquake felt fairly strong when compared to other earthquakes that have rattled the area in recent years.

In Oakland, a resident told EMSC: "Bigger than most earthquakes I've felt but it didn't feel too dangerous. Nothing fell off my walls but I’m a little worried about my house that sits right on the fault." Many said the earthquake was strong enough to wake them up.

Computer models from the USGS estimated that as many as 9.7 million people across the area may have felt Thursday's earthquake, including 738,000 people who may have experienced "moderate" shaking and up to 2.3 million people who may have felt "light" shaking.

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  Berkeley, CA     





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