Update 14:51 UTC : Cracks in walls have been reported in Hayward
Update 14:17 UTC : The depth has been calculated by the USGS at 5.4 km or 3.3 miles which is extremely shallow. We would not be surprised that minor damage would be generated in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter (we call slight damage fallen tiles, hair cracks in walls, fallen objects, etc)
Update 14:03 UTC : ER does expect only very slight damage based on the current eq parameters.
1km (1mi) N of Piedmont, California
4km (2mi) ENE of Emeryville, California
5km (3mi) NE of Oakland, California
5km (3mi) SE of Berkeley, California
104km (65mi) SW of Sacramento, California
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.01
Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-08-17 06:49:17
BAY AREA FIREBALL: Last night, Oct. 17th, many people near San Francisco saw a slow-moving fireball exploding in the sky around 07:45 pm PDT. Witnesses report bright flashes of light and sonic booms that shook houses. Using a wide-field camera, Wes Jones caught the meteor disappearing behind the trees in the city of Belmont:
“We don’t know yet if the end point [of the meteor’s flight] was over land or water,” says meteor expert Peter Jenniskens of the NASA Ames Research Center. Jenniskens operates a network of Cameras for All-sky Meteor Surveillance (CAMS) near the Bay Area. “Data from the CAMS system should give us an answer [about landfall]. We’re analyzing the data now.” Stay tuned.
Note: Although Earth is nearing a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet, source of the Orionid meteor shower, this fireball was probably not an Orionid. The timing and direction of the meteor do not seem to match the Orionids.
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.0
UTC Time : Monday, March 05, 2012 at 13:33:12 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Monday, March 05, 2012 at 05:33:12 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 8.8 km (5.5 miles)
2 km (1 miles) N (1°) from El Cerrito, CA 2 km (1 miles) SE (137°) from East Richmond Heights, CA 4 km (2 miles) E (96°) from Richmond, CA 7 km (4 miles) NNW (341°) from Berkeley, CA
Update 14:55 UTC
– El Cerrito police reported not having received any damage or injury reports.
– An aftershock was reported near the epicenter about 30 minutes later.
– Luckily, still NO reports of damage or injuries
Update 14:41 UTC
BART trains were halted temporarily and service soon resumed.
Update 14:40 UTC
Coordinates released by the U.S. Geological Survey place the epicenter at the Mira Vista Golf and Country Club along the Hayward Fault, which runs through the East Bay hills. The Hayward Fault is considered by many seismologists to be a prime candidate for a major earthquake. The 2010 update of the report, “On Shaky Ground,” by the Association of Bay Area Governments, reported that there’s an estimated 62 percent probability of a destructive quake of magnitude 6.7 or greater in the Bay Area in the years 2003-2032.
Update 14:32 UTC
Update 14:29 UTC
– Based on the current reported shaking values, earthquake-report.com does not expect to see major damage during this earthquake. We do not exclude cracks in walls, objects falling from shelves etc.
Update 14:24 UTC
– The fault line were today’s earthquake took place is the same as the one which was responsible for a number of other quakes from the preceding months.
Update 14:10 UTC
– 27,000 people will have experienced a strong shaking (East Richmond Heights and El Cerrito)
– 276,000 people a moderate shaking (MMI V) (Kensington, Albany, El Sobrante and Richmond)
– This earthquake will probably not lead to any damage but it surely must have been scary so early in the morning
The Department of Homeland Security will fund an effort by San Francisco to install real-time video cameras on 358 city buses, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The existing system, installed a decade ago, stores footage on tape located on each vehicle.
DHS’s Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance introduced this year.
The new surveillance system will use a wireless network “that will enable SFMTA personnel to view, download and store the captured video images wirelessly and view them in real-time or through the Internet.”
According to city documents, “the new system will provide real-time viewing of images, inside and outside the bus, by law enforcement officers, emergency responders and other authorized personnel on a real-time basis from a distance of about 500 yards in case the bus is hijacked and used for terrorism activities.”
In March, it was reported the DHS planned to introduce new mobile surveillance technology at train stations, stadiums and streets.
The new technology allows the government to “track your eye movements, capture and record your facial dimensions for face-recognition processing, bathe you in X-rays to look under your clothes, and even image your naked body using whole-body infrared images that were banned from consumer video cameras because they allowed the camera owners to take ‘nude’ videos of people at the beach,” Mike Adams writes for Natural News.