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Berkeley area hit with 4.0 magnitude earthquake Monday

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AUGUST 17, 2015

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Bay Area around 7 a.m. Monday, with the epicenter near Oakland.

People reported feeling the earthquake as far as Los Padres National Forest — 294 miles away from the epicenter — although most reports came from less than 30 miles from the epicenter.

Seven aftershocks followed the initial earthquake, ranging in magnitude from 1.2 to 2.4.

The tremor caused a brief delay of all BART lines, which BART spokesperson Jim Allison said is the most basic level of their standard earthquake response. BART held all trains for five to 10 minutes until it was clear that there was no structural damage to the lines, according to Allison.

There have been no reported injuries. According to Christine Shaff, spokesperson for the campus’s real estate division, there was no structural damage on campus, but all elevators automatically shut off, and some gas lines are being reset.

UC Berkeley senior Ismael Contreras, the chief of staff to ASUC External Affairs Vice President Marium Navid, said he was concerned by how much his apartment building, which is located south of campus, seemed to shake Monday morning. He hopes students will become more involved in advocacy efforts to make student housing more structurally equipped to withstand large earthquakes, especially given that the Hayward fault runs directly through Berkeley, in close proximity to many student residences.

“Definitely when we’re talking about housing security, we’re not just talking about affordability and accessibility, but also the actual integrity and safety of the buildings,” Contreras said. 


Staff writer Sonja Hutson contributed to this report. 

Michelle Pitcher is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @MichellePitcher.

AUGUST 17, 2015