Powerful 4.5 natural disaster shakes Bay Area overnight

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was 2 miles from Berkeley California

The quake struck about 2 kilometers southeast of Berkeley at 2:39 a.m., according to the U.S.

No injuries or accidents were reported. "How active is the Hayward Fault?". A shallow event has a high probability to cause damage, though a much deeper event could be felt over more widespread area, he explained. "So it's a hot spot along the fault, and today's natural disaster - this morning's quake - was the largest of that group". According to the USGS website, people reported feeling the quake 40 miles south in San Jose.

"Looking historically at all the earthquakes that have happened in California, about 5 percent of the time earthquakes are followed by larger earthquakes", he said. Near San Francisco International Airport, several jolts could be felt.

The USGS's Keith Knudsen told KRON that there's a five to 10 per cent chance that a bigger quake is on the way. Let us know on our Facebook page here. A 2003 report determined that the Hayward-Rodgers Creek fault system would produce at least a magnitude 6.7 natural disaster in the next 30 years. The past five large earthquakes on Hayward fault have been about 140 years apart, so this fault and the Rodgers Creek faults are the most likely to have a major quake in the bay. It's been 150 years since the last rupture.

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said there were no reports of damages from the region at this time.

The quake knocked items off the 24-hour Safeway's shelves in San Leandro.

Knudson said the USGS had learned earthquakes, at least on the southern part of the Hayward Fault, occur every 140, 150 to 160 years.

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