Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Hits San Francisco Bay Area

Dianna Christensen
January 7, 2018

The quake struck at 2:39 a.m. and was centered in Berkeley, according to USGS.

He also said there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

You can report how the quake felt to you to the USGS.

The last time the fault produced a massive natural disaster was in 1868, when a 6.8-magnitude quake shook the region. The past five large earthquakes on Hayward fault have been about 140 years apart, so this fault and the Rodgers Creek faults are the most likely to have a major natural disaster in the bay. A magnitude 6.8 quake occurred on October 21, 1868, and was known at the time as the "Great San Francisco natural disaster".

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The 1868 quake was the 12th most lethal in California history, killing 30 people. The quake on the Hayward Fault was initially reported a higher magnitude but later downgraded. It's been 150 years since the last rupture. In fact the 150th anniversary is coming up - we think that natural disaster was a magnitude 6.8 or so.

NBC Bay Area Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri reported Thursday's quake lasted about 10 seconds, had a bit of rolling and a sharp jolt and was felt across the region in San Francisco and in parts of the East and South Bay.

USGS officials said that usually older structures suffer more damage in earthquakes.

Items in a San Leandro store were knocked off the shelves, video from KRON4 showed, and Bay Area Rapid Transit started Thursday with train delays as workers performed a system-wide check for damage about 4 a.m.

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