A 6.0 earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay and Oakland area early Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake hit just before 3:30 a.m. It is the largest earthquake to shake the area since 1989. The earthquake set off car alarms and had people running from their homes in the middle of the night.
There have been reports of widespread power outages throughout the Bay Area and in Sonoma County.
“It started very much like a rolling sensation and just got progressively worse in terms of length,” said resident Rich Lieberman. “Not so much in terms of shaking, but it did shake. It felt like a side-to-side kind of rolling sensation. Nothing violent but extremely lengthy and extremely active.”
According to the USGS, the depth of the earthquake was just less than seven miles. There have already been numerous small aftershocks reported throughout Northern California.
“A quake of that size in a populated area is of course widely felt throughout that region,” said Randy Baldwin of the USGS. “The 6.0 is a sizable quake for this area. It is a shallow quake. It is about six miles deep. We received hundreds of reports on our websites from people that felt it in the surrounding area.”
There has been no report of injuries at this time. However, there have been numerous reports of aftershocks.