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Early-morning earthquake shakes parts of the Bay Area

Original post made on Jan 4, 2018

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 shook parts of the Bay Area early this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 4, 2018, 3:13 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Telemarkskier
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 4, 2018 at 11:03 am

Yes, I felt a tremor go through my home and that woke me up as well and so also others in the household. My clock showed 2.45am (but it is a couple of mins fast).

Posted by Sally
a resident of Monroe Park
on Jan 4, 2018 at 11:16 am

We live in Menlo Park and felt the earthquake. It woke me up.

Posted by Shari
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

My cousin in FL said it snowed there and they don’t have any snowplows to clear the roads, so guess no matter what part of the country you’re in, it’s always something. :)

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2018 at 11:48 am

2018-01-04 10:39:37 (UTC)
37.861°N 122.242°W
13.0 km

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Posted by Barron Park dad
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 4, 2018 at 11:50 am

I was dead asleep but it woke me up. Wonder how long it actually lasted. If this is merely a 4-ish, then imagine a 7 or 8 earthquake, which won't merely be "twice" as big. Isn't the Richter scale logarithmic, so that each "point" is 10 times as powerful as the next lower number?

Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Nayeli is a registered user.

It awakened us as well. My husband actually looked around the house because he felt that the noise was inside the house. He checked his phone and found news websites already mentioning the earthquake less than 15 minutes after we were awakened.

Posted by Light Sleeper No More
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Dang, I missed it! But my daughter felt it, thought it was a dream, scared her. Supposedly lasted 5-10 seconds according to the LA Times.

Posted by Shake
a resident of Monroe Park
on Jan 4, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Hopefully no trees, historic or iconic structures were damaged

Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm

I was sitting here typing a comment for the tax thread and felt the small jolts for 2 or 3 seconds. Unmistakably an earthquake, but not long enough to react. Switched on KCBS and they reported it within 2 minutes, airing phone calls from the east bay. Hard to believe "the big one" was almost 30 years ago. I guess @Barron Park dad was not around for that -- alarming to get dead-air across the entire AM radio band.

Posted by Bean
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm

I felt it. It was probably closer to ten seconds than five.

Actually, it was the noise that woke me up, and then the shaking...I was lying in bed and opening my eyes, thinking that I was too tired to go duck and cover, and it wasn't really that bad. Then it stopped!

I wonder what retail stores raised the prices of Earthquake Kits today?

Posted by the big one
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 4, 2018 at 4:26 pm


I remember that same feeling when we turned on KCBS and heard nothing after Loma Prieta in '89. We were at work trying to figure out how bad it was--that was all that we needed to know that that had been a *big* one.

Last night--I slept through the whole thing.

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