Natural disaster rocks San Francisco Bay Area but no major damage reported

The early morning quake on Thursday Jan. 4 was measured at 4.5 on the Richter scale

USGS geophysicist Robert Sanders told The Washington Post that there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities. The damage is expected to be minimal, but it occurred along the Hayward fault-one of the seven fault zones in the Bay Area, according to the USGS. "We will be monitoring any damage reports, and always be cautious of aftershocks". The last big quake on the Hayward fault happened about 150 years ago, in 1868. Don Drysdale, Spokesman for the California Geological Survey, discussed the current quake and what people should be aware of. The last big natural disaster occurred in 1868 so we are about at the 150-year anniversary ...

At a press conference, USGS officials said there was a small probability that this quake was a fore shock and will be followed by a big natural disaster: "Looking historically. about 5% of the time earthquakes are followed by larger earthquakes", said USGS quake Science Center Deputy Director Keith Knudson. The USGS website said people reported feeling the quake about 40 miles south in San Jose.

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There hasn't been a major natural disaster on the Hayward Fault in over 100 years.

The 1868 quake was the 12th most lethal in California history, killing 30 people.

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The last major quake along the Hayward fault happened in October of 1868, when a magnitude 6.8 hit the San Francisco Bay region, making it the most destructive natural disaster in the state's history.

One Twitter user posted a video showing an aisle in a Safeway grocery store in San Leandro, peppered with toiletries that had fallen to the ground. Per USGS, it was known as the "great San Francisco earthquake" until the magnitude 7.9 quake struck the San Andreas Fault in 1906.

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