Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Hits San Francisco Bay Area

07 January, 2018, 09:37 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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A shallow magnitude 3.1 natural disaster was reported Thursday morning 17 miles off the Santa Catalina Island town of Avalon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. While many were jolted out of their beds, there was no preliminary reports of damage. The first data from the USGS measured the quake at Magnitude 4.7.

The quake hit the San Francisco area about 2.40am local time (11.40pm NZT) and lasted about 10 seconds, causing a "little bit of rolling motion and a sharp jolt", NBC Bay Area Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri wrote on Twitter. The natural disaster had a preliminary depth of 8 miles (13 kilometers). Though the last big quake on the fault was a magnitude 7 in 1868, they are concerned about the recurrence rate which gauges how often you would expect a big natural disaster to happen on a given fault.

But there's also a chance that this was a foreshock, a precursor to a larger natural disaster. "That's the concern", he said.

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A magnitude-4.4 quake 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. "So there is a low probability but there is some probability ..." The quake serves as an important reminder that the "Hayward Fault is ready to go", Knudson said. Let us know on our Facebook page here.

Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the USGS told KTVU the quake was eight miles deep which is fairly shallow and was widely felt about 100 miles beyond the epicenter.

No damage or injuries were immediately recorded. But a video posted to Twitter showed products that had fallen from the shelves of a San Leandro Safeway store.

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Transit agencies reported there were delays during the early morning commute while they checked for any damage. Within minutes it was downgraded to a 4.5, and by around 9 a.m.it was being reported as a 4.4. This one built to a cracking crescendo, similar to the last part of the '89.

About an hour after the quake, San Francisco´s Department of Emergency Management sent a text to residents saying there was no tsunami warning. 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.

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