4.5 Earthquake Shakes San Francisco Bay Area

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
October 15, 2019USshare
4.5 Earthquake Shakes San Francisco Bay Area
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area late Oct. 14, 2019. (USGS)

The San Francisco Bay Area widely felt a magnitude 4.5 earthquake.

The Los Angeles Times reports moderate shaking was felt at 10:33 p.m. on Oct. 14, with the epicenter the Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek areas.

The U.S. Geological Survey says weak shaking was felt in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Scientists say they don’t expect any major structural damage.

Keith Knudsen, USGS geologist and deputy director of the agency’s Earthquake Science Center, told the outlet that the earthquake had a preliminary depth of about 9 miles underneath the surface, fairly deep for this part of the world.

Assistant Chief Chris Bachman of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said that as of about 11 p.m. Monday, there were no reports of injuries or property damage related to the earthquake.

The quake was preceded by a 2.5 magnitude tremor about 10 minutes earlier in the same area.

The National Tsunami Warning Center confirmed minutes after the 4.5 magnitude quake that it would pose no tsunami danger.

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones wrote to Twitter after the quake, saying that the latest shock may serve as a precursor for another bigger earthquake near the Calaveras fault over the next few days.

Epoch Times reporter Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

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