Moderate earthquake in the San Fransisco Bay Area (epicenter at East Richmond Heights)

Earthquake overview : A moderate earthquake occurred at early morning close to Richmond and Berkeley in the San Fransisco Bay Area district
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Update 14:55 UTC
- El Cerrito police reported not having received any damage or injury reports.
- An aftershock was reported near the epicenter about 30 minutes later.
- Luckily, still NO reports of damage or injuries
Only limited reports of very minor damage like broken objects from falling from shelves, cupboards etc

Update 14:41 UTC
BART trains were halted temporarily and service soon resumed.

Update 14:40 UTC
Coordinates released by the U.S. Geological Survey place the epicenter at the Mira Vista Golf and Country Club along the Hayward Fault, which runs through the East Bay hills. The Hayward Fault is considered by many seismologists to be a prime candidate for a major earthquake. The 2010 update of the report, "On Shaky Ground," by the Association of Bay Area Governments, reported that there's an estimated 62 percent probability of a destructive quake of magnitude 6.7 or greater in the Bay Area in the years 2003-2032.

Update 14:29 UTC
- Based on the current reported shaking values, does not expect to see major damage during this earthquake. We do not exclude cracks in walls, objects falling from shelves etc.

Update 14:24 UTC
- The fault line were today's earthquake took place is the same as the one which was responsible for a number of other quakes from the preceding months.

Update 14:10 UTC
- 27,000 people will have experienced a strong shaking (East Richmond Heights and El Cerrito)
- 276,000 people a moderate shaking (MMI V) (Kensington, Albany, El Sobrante and Richmond)

- This earthquake will probably not lead to any damage but it surely must have been scary so early in the morning GOOGLE+ / FACEBOOK
"I Have Felt It" reports as received by
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Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.0
UTC Time : Monday, March 05, 2012 at 13:33:12 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Monday, March 05, 2012 at 05:33:12 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 8.8 km  (5.5 miles)
Geo-location(s) :
2 km (1 miles) N (1°) from El Cerrito, CA
2 km (1 miles) SE (137°) from East Richmond Heights, CA
4 km (2 miles) E (96°) from Richmond, CA
7 km (4 miles) NNW (341°) from Berkeley, CA

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Central California Mar 05 16:33 2.7 2 MAP
  • Bradley CA - felt very week shaking in second story bedroom occ.for about an hour or so between 15:00 and 16:00am
  • USGS San Francisco Bay Area, California Mar 05 13:33 4.0 8 MAP
  • Benicia, CA - The windows were shaking loudly. I knew we were having an earthquake.
  • Clayton, CA - Approx time of quake 5:30a
  • Forest Knolls, CA - It was rolling...
  • Oakland, CA - Just woke up with the shaking!
  • Petaluma, CA - Shook me awake on our second story bedroom around 5:30 AM. Our old windows rattling a lot too
  • Concord, CA 94519 - I was seating at the computer this morning when a quick jolt moved through my apartment at approximately 5:32 A.M.
  • San Rafael, CA - At 0535, did not feel anything more than what felt like someone dropping furniture in the room. No prolonged shaking.
  • San Francisco Bay Area - We were woken by what sounded like a small explosion near the house, followed by a couple of seconds of strong shaking of closer doors and smaller items. We didn't feel it under our feet but it definitely was brief and very sharp.
  • Richmond, CA - First little, than next shake bigger
  • California - appx 5:43 am
  • Martinez, CA - Shake for 3-5 seconds and woke me up
  • San Rafael, CA - Short lived, light shaking
  • San Mateo - I was sitting here texting a friend on my phone when all of a sudden I felt a good bit of shaking on my couch.. it wasn't light.. but fairly moderate shaking and I am all the way in San Mateo, and it started on the other side of the bay
  • Berkeley, CA - It was a pretty long quake.
  • El Cerrito, CA - Woke me up on 3rd floor of apartment building. Big shaking but nothing fell. Noisy 3 seconds?
  • Marin, Ca - I was sleeping in bed when it started rocking back and forth. Felt like someone shook our bed for 10 seconds.
  • Richmond, CA - I woke up to my dog barking and realized immediately that it was an earthquake ..the bed was shaking n I could hear it...the windows shaking the roar an earthquake lasted a few seconds
  • Tiburon, Ca - Was in bed and it felt like something pushed building.
  • San Rafael, Ca - Awoken at 5:30 a.m. with a jolt and strong shaking - only a few seconds
  • San Francisco,CA - Strong enough to wake me up. Hard to judge severity. This was my first one. Around 5:35am approximately.
  • San Ramon, Ca - Woke me and my cats. Just a gentle roll
  • Marina District, San Francisco - 5:32 a.m. March 5, 2012. Awakened by strong shaking which didn't last long. Marina District, San Francisco
  • 94708 - Woke me up, Long shaking in two waves.
  • Oakland - Walls moved a lot
  • Palo Alto. CA - It was 5:33am on my cellphone. I was already awake but was still in bed, surfing the net on my android when I suddenly felt a strong jolt. Sat up and tried to feel it there would be some after shock. No after shock. I was anticipating for a bigger jolt. Thank God it was for a few seconds.
  • Petaluma, Ca - Whole house rocked pretty hard two times. Dogs were freaking out.
  • El Sobrante, CA - First there was a tiny shake, I wasn't sure what it was, then there was loud shaking for 3 or 4 seconds.
  • Forest Knolls, CA - Heard it more than felt it. Our dog was very agitated, barked and ran downstairs but then came right back to bed and settled down. We didn't feel any motion, but heard rumbles. Thought maybe someone was in our house moving heavy furniture. Woke us up.
  • Los Gatos - Woke up to the rattling of tv in our second story bed room
  • San Francisco - Freaked me out. I thought there was someone in my room because my closet doors were rattling. My kitty however was unfazed. First one i have felt living here.
  • 94941 - I awoke after a quick jolt ran through my apartment. It only lasted a moment.
  • San Francisco - My door was slamming against the door rim and i heard a few cracks in my walls.
  • San Francisco - A bang, then significant shaking 3-4 seconds
  • Martinez, CA - A bang shook the bed and then I heard the cabinets shake for a few seconds.
  • Lafayette, CA - The shaking was enough to wake everyone in our home. The lamps and tables were rattling, and the furniture had shifted in a couple of our living areas!
  • San Francisco Bay Area - Woke us up at The Presidio...moderate shaking at 5:30am
  • Pinole, CA - Strong but brief shaking
  • San Francisco - One quick jolt.
  • San Francisco - It was not big,YET
  • Vacaville, CA - Woke up to apartment rocking, creaking, blinds swaying but then it stopped. I looked at the clock, it was 5:35a.m. It scared me, I was just hoping it didn't get bigger.
  • Sonoma, CA - Woke me up around 5:30 with my mirror banging against my wall and my bed and walls rumbling.
  • San Rafael - Woke up to what felt like the vibrations of a truck driving by, but it took too long. It stopped and everything was fine. My dog and two cats didn't respond to the shaking.
  • Oakland, CA - My bamboo screen fell down in kitchen along with candlesticks in living room. Woke me up as my bed shook
  • El Sobrante, CA - Jolted us awake. Pictures fell off the wall and smashed.
  • Orinda, Ca - Woke me up at 5:33 am... bed jolted hard, heard creaking throughout house... nothing else...
  • Richmond Heights - I thought a car hit my house. Pretty strong.
  • San Rafael - Like a vibration. I was in bed and it woke me and it felt as if the mattress springs were like jello.
  • San Rafael, Ca - I was on a boat asleep last night in San Rafael. Loch lomand marina, and was awoken to the boat vibrating like it was hit by something... the water was low, so i guess the ground flexed up and hit the bottom of the was enough to make the bed vibrate for about 10 seconds. i don't know... everything outside was completely silent, and no boats were near ... so it must have been an earthquake ER : amazing story !
  • Novato, Ca - Woke to the sounds and a shake. Daughter came in from her room said
  • Mill Valley - Mild then strong rolling jolt.Rattled heavy wall mount art and mirrors. Unsettling. Woke me up 5|:33 am.
  • San Francisco - I am near Saint Frances memorial hospital. I was waken by the earthquake that shook only once. To me it felt like a moderate shake.
  • Berkeley - Woke me up, and rattled the doors. Fun stuff
  • Fairfax, CA - I was asleep when I felt my bed shaking/moving violently. It lasted about five seconds. I only felt one shock wave...I'm guessing the second one.
  • Sebastopol - Had no idea it was an earthqiake. Just all of a sudden felt this mild shaking.
  • Bernal Heights, San Francisco - The mild side-to-side shaking woke me up early in the morning. It went on for at least several seconds as I woke up, but it's hard for me to tell how long it was going on. There was an even-milder aftershock several minutes later.
  • San Rafael - The cat freaked out before the quake but it wasn't anything major.
  • UNITED STATES - felt shaking while asleep. sensed it was an earthquake. seemed to last several seconds. felt like and sounded like gravel rock jumping around in an unsteady and shaky hand.
  • Petaluma,CA - Woke my boyfriend and I up from our sleep to our bed shaking and the house rattling. It was quite the wake up jolt! Our cat didn't seem to be happy either.
  • Novato, CA - Felt shaking while asleep. sensed it was an earthquake. Seemed to last several seconds. Felt like and sounded like gravel rock jumping around in an unsteady and shaky hand.
  • Berkeley, CA - Knocked books over, nicknacks fell off shelves. Sounded like a small explosion.
  • Los Altos Hills, CA - Two brief shakes - first one sort of a bump; second more pronounced. Light fixtures did not rolling sensation
  • 34 Turk St. #547 San Francisco, CA 94102 - I felt two shocks, the first was a rocking motion, from west to east facing east, second shock was much stronger, with a up and down force, I thought the wall behind me was going to collapse, in all in lasted about 3-5 seconds, shaking felt worse then the 5.8 quake back in October 2007
  • Dublin Ca - Both dogs jumped out of bed then I awoke. House creaking!
  • USGS San Francisco Bay Area, California Mar 05 13:33 3.5 8 MAP
  • Lafayette - Quick jolt!
  • USGS Baja California, Mexico Mar 05 08:11 2.9 12 MAP
    USGS Central California Mar 05 04:41 2.8 16 MAP

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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) ?
    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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