3.5 magnitude earthquake rattles near Colma

Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A bit of a rude awakening for some this morning when a 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit the bay area..

Initial reports said the epicenter of the quake was in Colma, but according to USGS it was actually west of Colma, just off the coast, and they said it was between two major fault lines — San Andreas and San Gregorio.

It might’ve been a baby — but those living just a few miles off the coast did have a little scare.

Video from San Bruno resident Dave Ware shows how the quake impacted his home.

Ware said the shaking felt like a truck had hit the house — and others agreed.

“I was in bed and I felt it shaking and windows rattling pretty hard,” one resident said.

The shaking was short — no more than a few seconds long.

USGS said because it was small, there’s no real indication it could have an affect on either of the major lines next to it.


“Every earthquake has aftershocks,” Seismologist Sarah Minson said. “I believe this has had three tiny aftershocks already, but the shaking from this was very weak so if you were sleeping in Saturday morning, you probably wouldn’t have felt it.”

But Anne and Larry Childress don’t necessarily agree.

“So much for sleeping in on saturday morning,” the couple said.

As the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake draws near — little quakes like this one should be a good reminder to stay prepared.

“Are your bookcases secure?” Minson said. Are your water heaters secure? is there anything around that can fall and hurt you? The most important thing you can do if you feel shaking is drop cover and hold to protect yourself.”


The earthquake was originally recorded as a 3.9 magnitude quake around 8:41 a.m., according to the USGS.


The earthquake was measured at four miles in depth off the coast near Colma.

People across San Francisco felt the quake.

No damage has been reported at this time.

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