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4.4 magnitude quake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

07 January, 2018, 09:39 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Weak to moderate shaking was reported throughout the Bay Area and as far as 150 miles away from the Berkeley area where the quake hit

The natural disaster hit near Berkeley, California, as a magnitude 4.4. The natural disaster serves as an important reminder that the "Hayward Fault is ready to go", Knudson said. Geological Survey, and lasted about five to 10 seconds.

You can report how the natural disaster felt to you to the USGS. "We will be monitoring any damage reports, and always be cautious of aftershocks". A magnitude 4.4 natural disaster is a common size for the area, according to Baldwin.

The Hayward fault, attached to the larger San Andreas fault system, is one of the most feared in the Bay Area because it can produce a magnitude 7 or greater quake and it runs right though heavily populated towns. Let us know on our Facebook page here. The Hayward fault has previously been a source of concern for seismologists, as it is located directly below urban centers in the East Bay, including California Memorial Stadium. Though a 1972 law was passed that restricted new buildings from being constructed on top of the natural disaster fault, older neighborhoods are still at risk.

In the South Bay, Chris Defayette said it was "a quick jolt".


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. Roads, curbs and buildings are frequently offset from the "creeping". In fact, the 150th anniversary is coming up, we think that natural disaster was a magnitude 6.8 or so,"Knudson said".

Nothing brings the Bay Area together more than tweeting about an #earthquake in the middle of the night.

A buckled highway just outside of Napa, California, after quake struck the area in the early hours of August 24, 2014. It's been 150 years since the last rupture. The past five large earthquakes on Hayward fault have been about 140 years apart, so this fault and the Rodgers Creek faults are the most likely to have a major quake in the bay. It killed 30 people, caused widespread destruction and was one of the most destructive in California history.

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