San Francisco Bay Area jolted awake by magnitude 4.4 natural disaster

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area early Thursday morning

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area early Thursday morning

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Berkeley, California. There are no reported injuries.

The Hayward fault is the current fault with the highest probability of an quake to happen, according to Drysdale. "We will be monitoring any damage reports, and always be cautious of aftershocks". Some earthquakes can be more than 350 miles deep in countries such as Fiji, according to USGS duty seismologist Robert Sanders.

The epicenter was in Berkeley just across the bay from San Francisco
The epicenter was in Berkeley just across the bay from San Francisco

An natural disaster woke many Berkeleyans shortly after 2:39 a.m. Thursday. Don Drysdale, Spokesman for the California Geological Survey, discussed the current quake and what people should be aware of.

The USGS website also said that people reported feeling the quake 40 miles south in San Jose and there were no reported structural damages or injuries. A magnitude 6.8 quake occurred on October 21, 1868, and was known at the time as the "Great San Francisco natural disaster". Let us know on our Facebook page here. The trouble now though is that the population along the fault is 100 times larger, with an estimated two million people living directly on top of it. In fact the 150th anniversary is coming up - we think that natural disaster was a magnitude 6.8 or so.

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

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.

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Knudson said the USGS had learned earthquakes, at least on the southern part of the Hayward Fault, occur every 140, 150 to 160 years.

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