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A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rumbled across the San Francisco Bay Area

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A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattled California’s San Francisco Bay Area early Thursday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The Times on Thursday reported that the earthquake was felt throughout the region, with rumbles capable of being felt for roughly five to 10 seconds.

The earthquake’s epicenter is in the area of the Hayward fault, which is one of the Bay Area’s most feared.

The Hayward fault can generate a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake, and it rests directly underneath several heavily-populated areas.

San Francisco’s emergency managers on Thursday said all of the city’s facilities and infrastructure would get inspected that day.

The emergency managers also noted, however, that there were no initial reports of damage or injuries from Thursday’s earthquake.

Bay Area Rapid Transit on Thursday started off the morning with train delays as workers performed a system-wide inspection for damage around 4 a.m. local time.

The agency tweeted that the checks were finished around 5:30 a.m. local time with no reports of harm.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seismologist Robert Sanders on Thursday said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake is not predicted to cause serious destruction.

“There’s always a possibility of some minor damage to older structures in the area,” he said of the incident.

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Some Bay Area residents, however, on Thursday said the earthquake that morning produced shaking strong enough to wake them up.

The earthquake was felt in as far away corners of California as San Francisco, Marin County, Sonoma County and Silicon Valley.

The Hayward fault creates a large earthquake, on average, every 160 years, with a margin of error of about 80 years.
The fault last erupted 150 years ago, and the most memorable earthquake in recorded history overall happened in 1868.

The earthquake that year is estimated to have been a 6.8 magnitude variety, resulting in roughly 30 deaths and causing vast property damage.

One USGS scenario regarding a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward fault suggests it could splinter an area 52 miles long in California.

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