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4.4 magnitude quake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

4.4 magnitude quake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Berkeley, California.

The last time the fault produced a massive natural disaster was in 1868, when a 6.8-magnitude quake shook the region. Some earthquakes can be more than 350 miles deep in countries such as Fiji, according to USGS duty seismologist Robert Sanders. According to the USGS website, people reported feeling the quake 40 miles south in San Jose. The shaking was felt across the Bay Area. The last big quake occurred in 1868 so we are about at the 150-year anniversary ...

Jack Boatwright, a geophysicist with the USGS Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, said the shaking from the quake "seemed a little weak, about half as strong as what you would expect".

USGS Geologist David Schwartz said the quake struck in an area where there has been 30 earthquakes of magnitude between 3-4 over the last decade.




There hasn't been a major natural disaster on the Hayward Fault in over 100 years. "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.

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

The last major quake along the Hayward fault happened in October of 1868, when a magnitude 6.8 hit the San Francisco Bay region, making it the most destructive natural disaster in the state's history.

The quake appears to have happened on the Hayward Fault which is becoming due for a large natural disaster.


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