Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Bay Area reacts to strong quake

4.4 magnitude earthquake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents Bay Area reacts to strong quake
Heather Davidson | 07 January, 2018, 09:37

Gina Solis posted on CBS San Francisco's Facebook page that it rocked her home in San Rafael.

In the last 10 days, there has been one natural disaster of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. The quake serves as an important reminder that the "Hayward Fault is ready to go", Knudson said.

Jack Boatwright, a geophysicist with the USGS Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, said the shaking from the quake "seemed a little weak, about half as strong as what you would expect". This fault zone runs from San Pablo Bay in the north to Fremont in the south-passing through Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward and Fremont.

You can report how the quake felt to you to the USGS. The Hayward fault is highly urbanized, with communities built on top of the fault, up and down the length of the East Bay.

In the South Bay, Chris Defayette said it was "a quick jolt".

"Just felt everything shake here in my house in SF and our building emergency alarm went off", someone wrote on Twitter.

The fault is considered to be "creeping" because there is evidence of it steadily slipping 5 millimeters each year. The last big quake occurred in 1868 so we are about at the 150-year anniversary ...

The other fault zones in the region-Calaveras, Concord-Green Valley, Greenville, Rodgers Creek, San Gregorio and perhaps the most notorious San Andreas fault-all crisscross through the Bay Area region. 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.

"The last big quake on the Hayward fault happened about 150 years ago, in 1868". The USGS seismologists said that the quake had struck on the Hayward Fault near the Claremont Hotel.

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