Bay Area Jolted By 4.4 Earthquake On Hayward Fault

4.4 magnitude earthquake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

A powerful 4.5-magnitude natural disaster has rocked California's Bay area today (Jan 4, 2018) in the wee hours.

At a press conference, USGS officials said there was a small probability that this quake was a fore shock and will be followed by a big natural disaster: "Looking historically. about 5% of the time earthquakes are followed by larger earthquakes", said USGS quake Science Center Deputy Director Keith Knudson.

"The real question is: is this a foreshock to something larger?"

The last time the fault produced a massive natural disaster was in 1868, when a 6.8-magnitude quake shook the region.

Knudson said the USGS had learned earthquakes, at least on the southern part of the Hayward Fault, occur every 140, 150 to 160 years.

USGS Geologist David Schwartz said the quake struck in an area where there has been 30 earthquakes of magnitude between 3-4 over the last decade.

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"Woke up screaming, which scared my husband more than the quake", one wrote on SFGate's Facebook page. "So it's a hot spot along the fault, and today's natural disaster - this morning's quake - was the largest of that group". The last big natural disaster occurred in 1868 so we are about at the 150-year anniversary ...

Transit agencies reported there were delays during the early morning commute while they checked for any damage.

He told the Chronicle that by 4:15 a.m., there had been no aftershocks, which he called "a good sign". An estimated 9 million people have felt the rumblings of the natural disaster that hit around 2.39 AM in the early morning.

"I felt it in San Rafael", she posted.

Pamela Jones posted: "Felt stronger than 4.5, in Concord".

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