4.5-magnitude earthquake centered in Berkeley jolts Bay Area residents awake, they react

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck in Berkeley at 2:39 am. Photo: USGS

By Alix Martichoux, SFGATE

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 shook the Bay Area out of bed at 2:39 a.m. Thursday.

The quake was centered in Berkeley, near the Claremont Hotel on the Northern part of the Hayward fault. It was recorded at a depth of 8 miles.

It was originally reported by the United States Geological Survey as a 4.7-magnitude earthquake, then revised down to a 4.5.

Residents around the Bay Area reported feeling intense shaking in the early morning hours.

“I’m right by Laguna Honda Hospital here in [San Francisco] and I’m on the 9th floor of my building and it was pretty scary how long the shaking lasted,” Edwin Antonio Coreas Renderos wrote on SFGATE’s Facebook page.

“I’m right by Laguna Honda Hospital here in [San Francisco] and I’m on the 9th floor of my building and it was pretty scary how long the shaking lasted,” Edwin Antonio Coreas Renderos wrote on SFGATE’s Facebook page.

“Woke up screaming, which scared my husband more than the quake,” joked Berkeley resident Safiya Moore Hutchin.

Rachel Hoaglin felt the earthquake in Richmond. “Lived through the Napa quake so this one got me up quick,” she wrote, adding there was no damage at her home, only a couple scared cats.

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