Earthquake in San Francisco: Panic as Bay Area gets rattled by 4.5 magnitude jolt
Earthquake in San Francisco: There was widespread panic as a quake of 4.5 magnitudes was felt in San Francisco Bay Area at around 10:33 PM on October 14th.
Earthquake in San Francisco: An earthquake of 4.5 magnitudes on the Richter scale was felt in San Francisco Bay Area at around 10:33 PM on October 14th. The epicenter of this earthquake has been reported at Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill areas. Some moderate shivers were felt in Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Concord areas also.
The earthquake in San Francisco Bay Area had a preliminary depth of near 9 miles below the surface, fairly deep for this part of the world, Keith Knudsen, USGS geologist and deputy director of the agency’s Earthquake Science Center, said as quoted by Los Angeles Times. Such a deep quake made it felt widely over a broad area, but lessened the shaking intensity felt at the surface than if it were shallow, scientists said.
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Notably, the earthquake in San Francisco Bay Area was not directly on the top of any of the main Bay Area earthquake faults. The epicenter of the earthquake was about three miles west of the Concord fault, and farther than that off the northern end of the northern Calaveras fault, Knudsen said.
The epicenter is just northwest of Mt. Diablo, one of the Bay Area’s tallest peaks. The Mt. Diablo area is also a seismically active zone, “a region of uplift, folding and thrusting,” said David Schwartz, USGS scientist emeritus.