Early morning Berkeley natural disaster downgraded to Magnitude 4.4

Chelsea West
January 7, 2018

A preliminary magnitude 4.5 quake shook San Francisco Bay Area residents out of their slumber early Thursday.

An quake woke many Berkeleyans shortly after 2:39 a.m. Thursday.

But there's also a chance that this was a foreshock, a precursor to a larger quake. It wouldn't be a big surprise if we had a big natural disaster on the Hayward Fault.

In the last 10 days, there has been one quake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. "We know from geologic excavations on this fault that big quakes happen every 150 years".

At a Safeway in San Leandro, one person reported that the natural disaster had knocked down a ceiling panel and also shaken some items from the grocery store shelves. In fact, the 150th anniversary is coming up, we think that quake was a magnitude 6.8 or so,"Knudson said".

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One Twitter user posted a video showing an aisle in a Safeway grocery store in San Leandro, peppered with toiletries that had fallen to the ground. Early delays in train service were cleared up by 5:30 a.m., the agency said.

The magnitude was revised after it was initially reported as magnitude 4.5. An estimated 9 million people have felt the rumblings of the quake that hit around 2.39 AM in the early morning. "I'm also a native and lived through a large one in the late 50's as a kid, and the Loma Prieta in '89, while I was in an elevator... I thought my wall of bookcases would fall down".

Interim San Francisco Mayor London Breed advised residents of the city that "there is no tsunami expected and departments are working on preliminary damage reports". Moving further south along the Hayward fault, Brocher said, you can see the impact of the law as buildings aren't built directly on it.

"Woke us up in Alameda", posted Gonsalves while Walls posted: "In Novato and jolted me awake while my bed was rocking".

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