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Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake Strikes East Bay

8:16 p.m – a second quake was felt in Alameda. USGS rated it a 3.9 magnitude temblor rooted 1 mile east of Berkeley.

At 2:41 p.m. today, a magnitude 3.9 earthquake struck roughly 2 miles east-southeast of Berkeley, roughly 6 miles deep. As of 3:00 p.m., the U.S. Geological Service website has collected 158 reports from Alameda residents who said they felt the quake.

6 comments to Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake Strikes East Bay

  • dlm

    Shelters, anyone? Where are we supposed to find a shelter in the event of a major earthquake?

    Just fyi, i called the city’s disaster preparedness person, a member of AFD, and she was useless. She said they can’t recommend a building because they don’t know if it’s safe or not. I thought the point was to *find out* whether a building is safe or not.

    Alameda is going to suffer a lot of damage in a major quake, could we at least get these fundamental things straightened out — meaning, where are the safe structures?

  • carol

    There aren’t really any unconditionally “safe” structures in a quake. That’s why people run outside to an open space or higher ground if they can. In Alameda, the closest things to quake-proof buildings are the large structures the Navy built @NAS (AlPo)in the 1940’s. They were built w/some thought of withstanding a nuclear attack & they have sustained very little quake damage in the intervening years, according to the NAS final building report I received in my capacity as historical consultant to the Navy BRAC program.

  • Karen

    Umm, we have a big quake and the landfill the base is built on is going to liquify…

  • dlm

    Okay, let me rephrase. Assuming we have a quake with widespread damage, where could we seek shelter in the aftermath? Do we stock up in tents? I think the disaster preparedness folks should be giving that some thought.

  • Carol Gottstein

    Karen & dlm: Most NAS landfill went in roughly in the 1930-40’s. The worst quake since was the 7.1 1989 Loma Prieta. Despite expectations, almost none of the NAS Historic Buildings [except Control Tower, which has since been repaired]were affected! Houses in Central Alameda [like mine] on bedrock & in the SF Marina District on “liquifaction” were damaged much worse. The reality was much different from what was predicted. Ergo, one of the safest places to be in an earthquake would be Building 5, as long as you don’t mind the ambient “exposure”.