Quake rocks San Francisco Bay Area

4.4 magnitude earthquake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

Quake rocks San Francisco Bay Area

USGS geophysicist Robert Sanders told The Washington Post that there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities. It wouldn't be a big surprise if we had a big natural disaster on the Hayward Fault.

On average, the fault produces a large quake every 160 years, with a margin of error of about 80 years.

It was felt throughout the region, with people more than 150 miles away reporting to the agency that they felt the shaking for perhaps five to 10 seconds, according to officials.

An quake woke many Berkeleyans shortly after 2:39 a.m. Thursday.

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In the last 10 days, there has been one natural disaster of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. "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. In fact the 150th anniversary is coming up - we think that quake was a magnitude 6.8 or so.

"We know that it's ready [and] is capable of having another big quake at anytime", Tom Brocher, seismologist at the USGS, told Newsweek. "If there isn't a large natural disaster in the next couple of the days the odds go down". It killed 30 people, caused widespread destruction and was one of the most destructive in California history.

A spokesman for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said there were no reports of harm to the region.

The quake knocked items off the 24-hour Safeway's shelves in San Leandro. It's been 150 years since the last rupture. The quake on the Hayward Fault was initially reported a higher magnitude but later downgraded.

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