Aug 17 2015

Earthquake Centered Less than a Mile from Piedmont

Piedmonters were jolted this morning at 6:49 a.m. by a 4.0 earthquake on the Hayward fault, centered less than a mile from Piedmont. It occurred at a depth 3.3 miles according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It was followed by an 2.3 aftershock at 7 a.m.

Helicopters circled over Piedmont and the Hayward fault for 30 minutes. No damage to transportation corridors was observed.

The quake was centered near the junction of the 24 and 13 freeways. Seven aftershocks followed.

BART halted service until 7:24 am for track inspection, also finding no damage.

Berkeley residents reported “pots and pans flying” and pictures sliding on walls.

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