Solano County

Quakes shake Berkeley area

By October 16, 2013

FAIRFIELD — A series of earthquakes shook the Bay Area early Tuesday.

A magnitude-3.2 earthquake was reported at 1:07 a.m. about two miles east-northeast of Berkeley, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The quake was 4.5 miles below the surface. It was the first of three recorded earthquakes in the area within 20 minutes.

A second quake – this one 1.0 magnitude – was reported at 1:24 a.m. in the same area. A third quake, measured at 1.7 magnitude. Two more earthquakes buffeted the area shortly after 2 a.m. One measured 2.7 magnitude at 2:06 a.m., the other 2.6 magnitude at 2:15 a.m.

All occurred at the same general depth.

Shaking in the area began in the same general area at 11:23 p.m. Monday with a 1.7-magnitude temblor.

Information on the earthquakes was provided by the Northern California Seismic System at the University of California, Berkeley, and the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • Rich GiddensOctober 15, 2013 - 7:09 am

    It could go either way---wev'e seen where a swarm of micro quakes just releases energy off the fault and then we've seen a swarm of micro-quakes occur as a precursor to THE BIG ONE. Once, in the Philippines I was falling asleep in the Hyatt Hotel about midnight when all the animals outside started barking. I guess they can sense those ''P'' waves that the geoligists discovered occur before a quake. A moderate quake then hit lasting about 30 seconds. The following morning, about 8 hours later, a much worse quake hit as we were eating breakfast. That hotel was destroyed by an even worse earthquake about 5 years later.

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  • Tara B. ShakenOctober 15, 2013 - 8:24 am

    It was clearly God disapproving of the BART Union's decision to delay their strike. God enjoys the quiet when the trains are not rolling along.

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  • I still owe you a limerick...Johnny Burnette - The Train Kept A Rollin'October 15, 2013 - 10:15 am


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  • Choo Choo Train - Box Tops (1968).movOctober 15, 2013 - 3:34 pm


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  • Next DoorOctober 15, 2013 - 9:27 pm

    a number of our founding fathers rolling over in their graves

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