Early morning Berkeley natural disaster downgraded to Magnitude 4.4

Hannah Rogers
January 6, 2018

- A 4.4 magnitude natural disaster shook the Bay Area early Thursday morning.

The epicentre was in Berkeley along the notorious Hayward Fault, which runs from San Pablo Bay to Fremont, according to the United States Geological Survey.

"It is centered on about a five-mile long section of the Hayward Fault that in the past 10 years has produced 30 earthquakes of magnitude between 3 and 4", he told CBS San Francisco.

Fortunately, no damage or personal loss was reported despite it rattled the Bay area completely. People felt the quake as far south as San Jose.

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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". The natural disaster was downgraded to a magnitude 4.4 after initial data suggested it was larger. "This quake was right in the center of the Bay Area, and it was very widely felt throughout".

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

Its last major natural disaster was a 6.8-magnitude quake, which occurred on October 21st, 1868, destroying downtown Hayward and killing five people, injuring 30. Let us know on our Facebook page here.

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. "I'm also a native and lived through a large one in the late 50's as a kid, and the Loma Prieta in '89, while I was in an elevator..."

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