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Small earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area

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Small earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area
People across the San Francisco Bay Area felt the rumblings of a small earthquake on Saturday night, but there were no reports of any damages or injuries.

The magnitude-3.6 earthquake struck just before 7:05 p.m. and was centered near the city of Hercules at a depth of about 5? miles, according to a preliminary report from the United States Geological Survey.

The epicenter was about eight miles (13 kilometers) north of Berkeley.

more [link to www.independent.co.uk]

[link to losangeles.cbslocal.com]

The USGS National Earthquake Information Center said it received scores of reports of people feeling the shaking across the Bay Area, especially in Oakland and Alameda.

"It probably wasn't strong enough for damage, but it was widely felt by people," said Sheng Zao Chen, a geophysicist at the USGS

Police and fire officials in the area said there were no reports of any problems from the quake.

more [link to www.wdtimes.com]