California earthquake: Temblor caused some damage near epicenter
Two earthquakes that hit the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday both occurred along the Hayward fault, with the second temblor producing scattered reports of minor damage.
KRON-TV and KPIX-TV reported that the second temblor caused items to fall from shelves in some homes near the Berkeley epicenter. Some plaster fell from the ceiling of a business in Oakland, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The quake also left some artwork askew at an Oakland library.
The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported that a magnitude 4.2 quake had hit near Berkeley about 8:15 p.m., but that was quickly downgraded to 3.9.
The second quake, which was one mile east of Berkeley and five miles north-northwest of Oakland, prompted a flurry of Twitter earthquake messages.
The first earthquake hit at 2:41 p.m. in the same area. The Geological Survey said it was a magnitude-4.0 quake. There were reports of shaking, but no reports of damage.
The two quakes occurred on the day that millions of people participated in The Great California Shakeout earthquake preparedness drills.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II and Shelby Grad