Bay Area reacts to strong quake

4.4 magnitude earthquake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

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.

The Hayward fault is the current fault with the highest probability of an natural disaster to happen, according to Drysdale. A shallow event has a high probability to cause damage, though a much deeper event could be felt over more widespread area, he explained. The last big natural disaster on the Hayward fault happened about 150 years ago, in 1868. A 2003 report determined that the Hayward-Rodgers Creek fault system would produce at least a magnitude 6.7 quake in the next 30 years. "Through geologic excavations across the Hayward fault we've learned that there are earthquakes on at least the southern part of the Hayward fault every 140, 150, 160 years", said Keith Knudsen, U.S. Geological Survey. "It just rocked the room and bed like two or three times quickly with a decently loud rumble in North Berkeley", Dale Fest wrote on the San Francisco Chronicle's Facebook page.

No damage or injuries were immediately recorded. "It may mean less likelihood of a larger quake to follow".

The 1868 quake was the 12th most lethal in California history, killing 30 people.

"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".

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

The quake knocked items off the 24-hour Safeway's shelves in San Leandro.

"It was relatively deep for an quake on the Hayward Fault", Knudsen said.

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