San Francisco Bay Area jolted awake by magnitude 4.4 quake

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was 2 miles from Berkeley California

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was 2 miles from Berkeley California

The quake was centered below Berkeley, California.

"But aside from some broken knickknacks, California's Office of Emergency Services confirmed on social media that there were "no reports of damages from the region" - then playfully added: "#whatsshakincalifornia".

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

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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. "This quake was right in the center of the Bay Area, and it was very widely felt throughout". Geological Survey, and lasted about five to 10 seconds.

But there's also a chance that this was a foreshock, a precursor to a larger natural disaster.

He suggests residents go over their quake plans with their families. Some earthquakes can be more than 350 miles deep in countries such as Fiji, according to USGS duty seismologist Robert Sanders. The quake on the Hayward Fault was initially reported a higher magnitude but later downgraded. The damage is expected to be minimal, but it occurred along the Hayward fault-one of the seven fault zones in the Bay Area, according to the USGS. "It may mean less likelihood of a larger natural disaster to follow". Part of the Hayward fault runs along the Berkeley side of the East Bay hills.

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

The USGS calls the fault a "tectonic time bomb" which could "cause hundreds of deaths, leave thousands homeless and devastate the region's economy".

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