Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Quake rocks San Francisco Bay Area but no major damage reported

Quake rocks San Francisco Bay Area but no major damage reported

A magnitude 4.4 quake centered on the Hayward fault near the UC-Berkeley campus jolted the Bay Area awake early Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

The quake hit the San Francisco area about 2.40am local time (11.40pm NZT) and lasted about 10 seconds, causing a "little bit of rolling motion and a sharp jolt", NBC Bay Area Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri wrote on Twitter.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the shallow quake was a magnitude 4.4 and occurred at 2:39am PST. There are no reported injuries.

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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.

USGS Deputy Director Keith Knudsen told reporters at an early morning news conference there was a 5 percent chance the quake was a warning of a much larger shaker. While many were jolted out of their beds, there was no preliminary reports of damage. The event was felt as far east as Sacramento and beyond San Jose, to the south of Berkeley.

It was felt widely across the Bay Area and woke everyone up.

Some people described feeling a "jolt" and then a "rolling" motion.

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"We know that it's ready [and] is capable of having another big quake at anytime", Tom Brocher, seismologist at the USGS, told Newsweek.

"Felt like a big truck drove into the building or something blew up downstairs", someone added. "A glass doll fell from a shelf and the head broke off".

The USGS acknowledged though that the natural disaster was relatively deep for a Hayward Fault quake.

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