Minor earthquake – Berkeley, California on October 7, 2013

Last update: October 7, 2013 at 4:36 am by By

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Magnitude : 3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-10-06 21:26:08

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-10-07 04:26:08

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 7.4 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Berkeley, California Oct 07 04:26 3.0 7 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • San Francisco, CA - 9:26 PM PST felt mild earthquake San Francisco, CA
  • Richmond, CA - it shook for about 10 seconds. 2 shakes.
  • California - Walls were slightly rattled. Passed very quickly.
  • El Sobrante - Two short jolts a few seconds apart
  • Martinez - A strong jolting shake, and then it was over
  • Berkeley - very brief, 2 second shaking
  • Oakland 94602 - Quick jolt
  • Berkeley - Thought it was neighbors
  • Albany - Felt the shake
  • Berkeley, Northbrae - Strong jolt
  • Berkeley - One jolt
  • rockridge - Quick
  • Berkeley - Felt like someone sucker punched the house
  • Berkeley - A light shaking. I thought someone upstairs were doing some thing that caused it.
  • Albany - Short shaking - didn't feel like a jolt.
  • Berkeley - Thought a branch landed on the house.
  • Berkeley - Felt my couch shift while I was sitting on it. Just for a split second
  • Berkeley - a big "thud" and shake - thought a giant had stepped on my roof
  • Berkeley - Little shake
  • Berkeley, CA - brief shaking like a truck backed into my house
  • Berkeley - One-and-a-half jolts and then a little wobbling afterwards. 2 seconds.
  • Grizzly Peak Blvd, Oakland - Short and sharp burst. Felt like a large object hit my house
  • Berkeley - one jolt
  • North Berkeley - less than 5 seconds?
  • Berkeley - My desktop computer swayed.
  • Berkelwy - Felt the roll
  • Berkeley - It was certainly jarring, the house shook, but it was quick.
  • Berkeley - Just one jolt
  • Oakland, CA - More violent initial shake followed by a little light shaking
  • Berkeley - Brief but noticeably strong shake
  • 94710 - Wavey
  • Berkeley - I was pooing in university hall. Heard a noise, thought it was those silly doctoral students.
  • Berkeley - short, but sharp shakes
  • Albany, CA - Felt like someone slammed the garage door.
  • Berkeley - I thought it was neighbor walking upstairs, but it was different
  • Lafayette - Quick bang from the roof.
  • Berkeley - POOING??? T.M.I thank you very much
  • Berkeley - Very short
  • Berkeley - I felt a shake
  • Berkeley - Felt two jolts and saw very weak shaking in water glass afterwards
  • Oakland - Heard my house creak. Nothing fell or was shaken on surfaces.
  • Berkeley, just south of Campus - For a 3.1, I am surprised at how violent the shaking was. Because of the intensity, I did not experience the common "what was that?" response, which often happens when experiencing a minor quake--I knew what it was as it happened.
  • Berkeley - Strong jolt
  • Walnut Creek - Couple seconds of shaking
  • South Berkeley - Short but strong shake!
  • North Berkeley - Strong jolt
  • Berkeley - The house shook once and it was over.
  • Berkeley - One jolt to the house.
  • Berkeley - one jolt.. thought someone from upstairs dropped something/closed the door really hard or something
  • Berkeley - A quick light quake.
  • 94708 - Shaking lasted a few seconds but was enough to be taken by surprise
  • Berkeley - Sudden jolt!!! Kabam! Swish, & it's over
  • Berkeley - n/a
  • International house - I've felt a shock of my table where I was sitting. A little scared.
  • Berkeley - I live in Elmwood and felt a brief shaking - felt like a heavy truck driving next to the building
  • Berkeley, Ca - One short jolt
  • Berkeley - I woke up from my sleep as if I lost balance and my bed was tilting
  • Berkeley - loud sound accompanied by a jolt
  • Berkeley - Quick fast jolt
  • Orinda - Bed on wheels rolled just a bit.
  • Berkeley - It was really weak shaking and it was over so quickly, I almost thought it might have been the people who live in the apartment above me! Yes, the earthquake was that small and the people who live above me are that horrendous.
  • Berkeley - Very brief but definite.
  • Berkeley - Short period of shaking
  • Berkeley - felt like something hit my home, furniture moved a little
  • Berkeley - EVERYTHING rattled, and i was woken from deep slumber!
  • Berkeley - Thought a car had hit my apartment building
  • berkeley, CA - felt a very short jolt.
  • Berkeley - Like many others, I first thought someone had dropped something in the apt above me or something! Very short.
  • Orinda - Nice strong jolt as if a car slammed into house, followed by 2-4 seconds of shaking. There was enough shaking that I went to nearest door frame but it was over very quickly.
  • Berkeley - 2 big jolts like a tree falling on house
  • Berkeley - Just short and minor
  • Kensington - Felt like two quick jolts. Scared me, thought immediately it was an earthquake, but considered perhaps it was the neighbors or a truck hitting the house? Strong for such a tiny quake!
  • Berkeley - Felt the bed shake.
  • San Francisco - Very small jolt, shook house briefly.
  • Berkeley - Rolled through the house with a rumble. So cool!
  • Berkeley - felt like thunder, except that it the coming from down.
  • next to ihouse - < 2 seconds strong pulse that almost knocked me off the chair, felt like a pressure bomb.
  • San Francisco - Was walking from one room to the other and felt strong jolt and heard the house creak the way it does when there is a big wind gust. Thought it was that until the neighbors called asking if i fell down or dropped something heavy - then i realized there is no wind tonight.
  • Berkeley - felt like someone was jumping on my bed
  • Berkeley - I felt my bed shaking on the ground floor.
  • Berkeley - Felt as if ground suddenly dropped. No shaking - just one and done.
  • Berkeley - One quick jolt
  • Richmond annex - 2 seconds of rumbling. Nothing in the house moved
  • Oakland- East Lake Merritt - Live on 4th floor; whole building started to sway back and forth for about 60 seconds. I noticed right away, and cat was on high alert.
  • Berkeley - There was a short tremble that lasted about 15 seconds. Nothing major
  • Berkeley - Didn't feel like a shake...more like only one teeny jolt. No rattling. Just one glitch. But enough to wonder "was that an earthquake?" and look it up on the web.
  • Berkeley - Felt like a big truck drove by
  • Berkeley - quick but strong
  • North Oakland 94609 - One jolt, about 3 seconds, enough to shake shelves, etc.
  • Berkeley - Building shook a little for about 1 second
  • Berkeley - One very large thump and some light shaking.
  • Berkeley - shprt but quite impressive shaking
  • Berkeley/ Shattuck and Carleton - very short but noticeable
  • Berkeley - Short jolt, rattled stuff on shelves bolted to our walls.
  • Berkeley - the world twitched for a moment
  • Richmond - I felt the house jolt almost viberate twice rather weakly but still enough to know it was an earthquake
  • Berkeley - near Stadium - did the temperature also peak? or is it just my room?
  • Berkeley, CA - It felt like a small wave under our bed traveling from North to South. We definitely felt it.
  • Martinez, CA - Very short
  • Berkeley - few seconds of a good shudder
  • Berkeley - Felt like a quick but violent jolt and the whole apartment about to collapse. When I sprang to the door it stopped.
  • Berkeley - Felt a light shaking which lasted for couple of seconds
  • Berkeley - Little bit of shaking, lasted a few seconds.
  • ElCerrito - Vibrating floor and ratting bottles
  • Pinole - Work table shook for ~2-3 seconds, noticeable but not strong, caused computer monitor on table to oscillate briefly / slightly.
  • Berkeley, Ca - Felt like a strong jolt.
  • Berkeley, CA - Didn't feel it on the ground floor, but noticed the structure shake artund me.
  • Oakland - A couple jolts
  • Berkeley - Felt slight shaking for a few seconds
  • North Berkeley - This was my first earthquake. I wasn't sure it was one at first but neighbors were saying that it probably was a minor one.
  • Kensington - Heard it - thought it was the neighbors or house settling.
  • Emeryville - It was very brief, but a strong jolt, like something large smashed into my building
  • Berkeley - brief 2 second...jolt!
  • Oakland - Oakland/Emeryville border, 62nd St and Vallejo. Two North/South jolts felts while sitting in armchair facing east in woodframe house 5 feet above grade. It felt stronger than a 3.
  • Berkeley - Was watching the supposedly cursed Soviet horror film "Viy" when I felt the room shake. Сохрани нас Боже от злостного приврака Гоголя!
  • Berkeley - totally fine
  • Berkeley - quick shake
  • Oakland - 6 seconds. moderate strength
  • Oakland - sitting with my daughter watching a movie & we felt a light shake and the computer was wobbily
  • San Pablo - My bed did a medium shake to it
  • Oakland - This one felt stronger than I would expect from a 3.1. It felt like a single strong jolt like a wrecking ball dropped next to the house. It did not feel like a wave or roll as most quakes have felt.
  • Berkeley - one jolt, and a noise as though something big under the house had fallen over
  • North Berkeley - Short shake
  • El Sobrante, CA - My wife felt it and woke me up. It felt as though the room was moving, like a very slow sway.
  • Berkeley - Big jolt but quite shortlived, just 3-4 seconds
  • Oakland - Felt like a loud truck driving by
  • Oakland, 94609 - No shaking. Just a wham/slam like car hit building. Was over as soon as began. A quick jolt
  • Oakland - The house shook for a second. Nothing dispaced though.
  • El Cerrito - Like a passing freight train, but quicker
  • Emeryville - felt a quick shear from south to north (ish). 3rd floor apt near public market
  • Berkeley - Weak rumble for about 0.5 secs. Central Berkeley.
  • Montclair - Felt house shake and loud thudding noise. Lasted about 5 seconds.
  • Berkeley, CA - I was in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley on the 8th floor. Building shook pretty hard for a split second then stopped
  • Walnut Creek - Very brief rattle (I thought someone slammed a door)
  • berkeley - one jolt
  • Concord, Ca - Very intense shaking, more like a lurch for like 3 seconds. My 5 year old got scared and my dog ran out.
  • far north oakland - One big thud. I thought a big fat guy fell down upstairs and shook the entire building.
  • Oakland - How come the earthquake at 9:30 wasn't reported on October 6. I did feel that one. But the one that was reported October 7 at 4:36 AM I did not feel I was must have been fast asleep. Did anyone feel the earthquake at 9:30 PM or around 9:30 PM on Sunday night October 6?
  • Oakland - One short jolt lasting about a second.
  • East Oakland hills - Singing happy birthday and heard something move. Felt a tiny tiny jolt
  • Rockridge - entire room and bed shook quickly but substantially
  • Elmwood - Felt like a large truck had driven very close to the house, causing it to vibrate. Enough for us say 'what's that?'
  • Lafayette - Sounded like a small explosion nearby, then brief shaking.
  • Piedmont - quick, quiet. no biggie.
  • Oakland, CA - I had trouble categorizing the quake using your descriptions. I was awake and felt it a as decided shaking lasting probably less than 2 seconds, immediately recognizable as an earthquake, considerably more than would be felt from any heavy truck passing by. On the other hand there was absolutely no rattling of objects in my apartment.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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