Quake hits San Francisco, shaking Berkeley awake

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area early Thursday morning

The temblor, initially reported as magnitude 4.5, struck at 2:39 a.m. two miles east of Berkeley and had a depth of eight miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The last time the fault produced a massive natural disaster was in 1868, when a 6.8-magnitude quake shook the region. While many were jolted out of their beds, there was no preliminary reports of damage. Though the last big quake on the fault was a magnitude 7 in 1868, they are concerned about the recurrence rate which gauges how often you would expect a big natural disaster to happen on a given fault.

People in Santa Cruz called in to the KSBW newsroom reporting that they felt the shaking for up to 10 seconds.

No damage or injuries were immediately recorded.

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

Drysdale said that depending on the magnitude of a quake in the Bay Area, Sacramentans could feel it despite having no known fault lines in the area.

"It's possible", he said of a bigger natural disaster occuring."[But] the chances of this quake foreshadowing a larger event, goes down quicker over time. A 2003 report determined that the Hayward-Rodgers Creek fault system would produce at least a magnitude 6.7 natural disaster in the next 30 years.

"We know that it's ready [and] is capable of having another big natural disaster at anytime", Tom Brocher, seismologist at the USGS, told Newsweek. "It may mean less likelihood of a larger natural disaster to follow".

About an hour after the quake, San Francisco┬┤s Department of Emergency Management sent a text to residents saying there was no tsunami warning. It killed 30 people, caused widespread destruction and was one of the most destructive in California history. It's been 150 years since the last rupture.

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