4.4 magnitude quake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

4.4 magnitude earthquake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

CBS San Francisco reports the quake struck at 2:39 a.m. and was felt throughout the East Bay, North Bay and San Francisco. There are no reported injuries. The quake serves as an important reminder that the "Hayward Fault is ready to go", Knudson said. Some earthquakes can be more than 350 miles deep in countries such as Fiji, according to USGS duty seismologist Robert Sanders. The USGS website said people reported feeling the quake about 40 miles south in San Jose.

USGS Geologist David Schwartz said the natural disaster struck in an area that has seen dozens of smaller quakes over the last decade.

A magnitude-4.4 natural disaster rattled northern Californians awake early on Thursday (Thursday night NZ Time) as fire alarms sounded throughout the San Francisco Bay area and picture frames fell from walls and bookshelves. Let us know on our Facebook page here.

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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. A 2003 report determined that the Hayward-Rodgers Creek fault system would produce at least a magnitude 6.7 quake in the next 30 years. "It may mean less likelihood of a larger quake to follow". It killed 30 people, caused widespread destruction and was one of the most destructive in California history.

"The last big natural disaster on the Hayward fault happened about 150 years ago, in 1868".

"But aside from some broken knickknacks, California's Office of Emergency Services confirmed on social media that there were "no reports of damages from the region" - then playfully added: "#whatsshakincalifornia".

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