Earthquake Hits Near San Francisco. Many Report Feeling It

Jack Phillips

A 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Bay Area, California, centered near Oakland.

The quake, which initially was registered as a 3.5 on the Richter scale, was reported Monday evening, May 14, two miles from Oakland, the U.S. Geological Survey said, adding that the tremor took place at around 7:18 p.m. local time at a depth of 5.6 miles.
“The house just shook, it went back and forth and I have a cockatiel named Lucky and he was flying around in his cage warning us before,” said Sophia Barahona-Lopez, of Hayward, according to ABC7. “I was thinking to just duck and cover,” said 14-year-old Joseph.

BART, the local train service, said it put trains on hold temporarily for track inspection, the report stated. And MUNI, the municipal train service, went into manual mode for the same reason.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was centered about two miles from Piedmont, Calif., four miles from Moraga, California, and about 12 miles from the San Francisco City Hall.

Locals from San Jose to Santa Rosa said they could feel the quake, according to the USGS online Community Internet Intensity Map. Those who lived near the epicenter called the shaking “light” to “weak.”

There were no reports of damage or injuries associated with the temblor.

On social media, people sounded off.

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: