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Bay Area earthquake felt over a large portion of Northern California

March 5, 2012 |  7:35 am

Several earthquakes -- the strongest measuring 4.0 -- rattled the Bay Area north of San Francisco on Monday morning.

A shallow magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit the El Cerrito area at 5:33 a.m. The quake was felt across a large swath of the Bay Area but no damage was reported. BART temporarily halted service for track inspection but the transit service quickly resumed.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was a mile from East Richmond Heights, two miles from Richmond, four miles from Berkeley and 13 miles from San Francisco City Hall.

There were several smaller temblors before and after in nearby Richmond.

In the past 10 days, there have been two earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

Read more about California earthquakes on L.A. Now.

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Image: A map shows the location of the epicenter of Monday morning's quake near El Cerrito. Credit: Google Maps

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