4.4 magnitude earthquake in Berkeley rattles Bay Area residents

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A 4.4 magnitude earthquake hit Berkeley early Thursday morning, jolting residents awake throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

The earthquake struck about 2 kilometers southeast of Berkeley at 2:39 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and lasted about five to 10 seconds.

The earthquake was centered north of the Claremont Hotel and was caused by movement on the Hayward fault, which runs from San Pablo Bay to Fremont. The Hayward fault has previously been a source of concern for seismologists, as it is located directly below urban centers in the East Bay, including California Memorial Stadium.

Residents throughout the North Bay reported being awakened by the earthquake, and residents as far as San Jose and Santa Rosa said they felt jolting and shaking.

The intensity of the earthquake has been classified as “light,” according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There are no reported injuries.

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