Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Hits San Francisco Bay Area

4.4 magnitude earthquake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

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 USGS acknowledged though that the natural disaster was relatively deep for a Hayward Fault quake. According to the USGS website, people reported feeling the quake 40 miles south in San Jose.

Interim San Francisco Mayor London Breed advised residents of the city that "there is no tsunami expected and departments are working on preliminary damage reports".

USGS Geologist David Schwartz said the natural disaster struck in an area that has seen dozens of smaller quakes over the last decade.

The USGS placed the epicenter of the quake next to the Claremont Club and Spa in Berkeley. "This natural disaster was right in the center of the Bay Area, and it was very widely felt throughout".

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"We know that it's ready [and] is capable of having another big quake at anytime", Tom Brocher, seismologist at the USGS, told Newsweek. 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 1868 quake was the 12th most lethal in California history, killing 30 people. A 2003 report determined that the Hayward-Rodgers Creek fault system would produce at least a magnitude 6.7 natural disaster in the next 30 years.

A spokesman for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said there were no reports of harm to the region.

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

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.

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