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California earthquake: 3.6 quake shakes San Francisco Bay Area

August 24, 2011 | 12:54 am

Screen shot 2011-08-24 at 12.18.07 AMA magnitude-3.6 earthquake rolled through the San Francisco Bay Area just before midnight Wednesday, centered in the East Bay suburb of San Leandro.

The quake, which struck at 11:36 p.m., appeared to be centered on the Hayward Fault about six miles south of Oakland. A magnitude-2.3 quake rolled through about five minutes later. 

According to the U.S. Geological Survey's Did You Feel It? map, people felt the quake as far away as Fremont, San Francisco, Marin County and Vallejo. Near the San Francisco International Airport, residents felt a few quick jerks, but said the shaking quickly passed. 

Doug Sovern, a reporter for KCBS 740 AM, said in a tweet: "Quick hard shake of the house here on Berkeley-Oakland border." He said the quake only lasted for two or three seconds. "Nice adrenaline boost!" he tweeted.


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Photo: A map showing recent seismic activity. Credit: Screenshot /ANSS Website.