Quake rocks San Francisco Bay Area but no major damage reported

The early morning quake on Thursday Jan. 4 was measured at 4.5 on the Richter scale

Update | An quake struck the Bay Area early Thursday morning along a fault line that U.S. Geological Survey scientists have called a "tectonic time bomb".

According to early data provided by the US Geological Service, the quake had its epicenter 13 kilometers under Claremont Avenue, just near the Claremont Hotel.

The USGS website also said that people reported feeling the natural disaster 40 miles south in San Jose and there were no reported structural damages or injuries.

Fortunately, no damage or personal loss was reported despite it rattled the Bay area completely.

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.

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The Hayward Fault runs along the western edge of the East Bay hills, from San Jose into the North Bay.

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

Initially recorded as a magnitude 4.7 temblor, it was quickly downgraded to 4.4. Did you feel it where you live?

The last major quake along the Hayward fault happened in October of 1868, when a magnitude 6.8 hit the San Francisco Bay region, making it the most destructive natural disaster in the state's history.

The quake was on the Hayward Fault, part of the San Andreas Fault. Let us know on our Facebook page here.

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