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Natural disaster hits San Francisco, shaking Berkeley awake

07 January 2018

Weak to moderate shaking was reported throughout the Bay Area and as far as 150 miles away from the Berkeley area, where the quake hit.

A Berkeley Fire Department dispatcher, who declined to give his name, said more than a dozen people had called, mostly complaining about windows shaking.

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"It's possible", he said of a bigger natural disaster occuring."[But] the chances of this quake foreshadowing a larger event, goes down quicker over time. The last big quake on the Hayward fault happened about 150 years ago, in 1868. Nor, Sanders said, have there been reports of damage to building structures caused by the moderate quake, though "there's always the possibility that there could be some" minor structural damage.

In the last 10 days, there has been one quake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. Near San Francisco International Airport, several jolts could be felt. But a video posted to Twitter showed products that had fallen from the shelves of a San Leandro Safeway store.

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"Just felt everything shake here in my house in SF and our building emergency alarm went off", someone wrote on Twitter.

"The real question is: is this a foreshock to something larger?" 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's been 150 years since the last rupture. Per USGS, it was known as the "great San Francisco earthquake" until the magnitude 7.9 quake struck the San Andreas Fault in 1906. Thirty people died then and there was extensive damage.

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The Hayward fault, attached to the larger San Andreas fault system, is one of the most feared in the Bay Area because it can produce a magnitude 7 or greater natural disaster and it runs right though heavily populated towns. "If there isn't a large natural disaster in the next couple of the days the odds go down".

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Natural disaster hits San Francisco, shaking Berkeley awake