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Berkeley earthquake: Much chatter about 3.9 temblor, but little damage

October 20, 2011 |  4:09 pm
The 3.9 earthquake the rattled the Bay Area on Thursday shook some nerves but appeared not to have caused significant damage.
Scores of people reported feeling the quake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Dispatchers told the San Francisco Chronicle that no damage was reported at UC Berkeley and the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, though there was a slight delay for BART trains as officials check the tracks.

The temblor occurred two miles from Berkeley at 2:41 p.m., possibly along the Hayward fault. It was centered near the Golden Bear pool at UC Berkeley.

Berkeley students said the quake moved desks and prompted some students to leave class. "The whole room shook!" wrote one student on Twitter.

At Amoeba Music store on Telegraph Avenue, the shaking felt like "a real quick one, like a bunch of jerking back and forth. It was one strong tremor," said Ken Kubala, an employee.

But the shaking was not strong enough to toss items off shelves at Andronico's supermarket down the street, according to an employee there.

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