San Francisco Bay Area jolted awake by magnitude 4.4 quake

Frederick Owens
January 6, 2018

USGS Geologist David Schwartz said the natural disaster struck in an area that has seen dozens of smaller quakes over the last decade. Some earthquakes can be more than 350 miles deep in countries such as Fiji, according to USGS duty seismologist Robert Sanders.

Knudsen said there was one aftershock recordered following Thursday morning's quake and there is a small probability it will be followed by a bigger natural disaster. The event was felt as far east as Sacramento and beyond San Jose, to the south of Berkeley. "This quake was right in the center of the Bay Area, and it was very widely felt throughout".

The quake is said to be associated with the Hayward fault, which aligns underneath the eastern side of the Bay area - from Hayward through Berkeley.

BART said there were delays on the first trains while they inspected their system as is routine after an quake.

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It was considered the "Great Earthquake" until 1906, when San Francisco was hit by its last major quake, which killed 700 people. "If there isn't a large quake in the next couple of the days the odds go down". This one built to a cracking crescendo, similar to the last part of the '89.

Gina Solis posted on CBS San Francisco's Facebook page that it rocked her home in San Rafael. "It shook our house and shook the bed big time!"

The 1868 quake was the 12th most lethal in California history, killing 30 people.

Like hundreds of others, both Shannon Gonsalves in Alameda and Acacia Walls in Novato said the shaking was so strong it quickly awoke them from a sound sleep.

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