Small earthquake hits Peninsula

USGS reports 2.9 magnitude with epicenter in Ladera

A magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit Ladera along the San Andreas Fault Wednesday evening around 8:24 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2014 at 9:21 am

My family who were at home at the time, didn't feel this although it seems others did as Facebook news feed contained many comments.

I know this was a small, shallow quake, but it is the first I can remember with an epicenter so close to Palo Alto. Is this part of the San Andreas fault starting to become more active I wonder?

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Posted by Anne
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

Yes, we both felt it in the upstairs of our house. If sounded LOUD more than shaking.

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Posted by pares
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

Did not notice it at all and surprised to hear it called the Palo Alto quake. But the far away Napa 6.0 quake did wake me up at 3:20am by rocking the bed. Yesterday's must have been very gentle.

No one knows if this will be the only one or if it is a fore shock to the big one, but we live in earthquake country and need to be prepared.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

KP is a registered user.

Didn't feel a thing...But I'm ready if it goes down!
Let's just hope it doesn't!

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Posted by smal
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

many small movements have been detected all week. you wouldnt notice them. mild rolls.

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Posted by BoomClap
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Just heard a loud rumble at my house. Thought somebody dropped some heavy objects upstairs.

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Posted by mry
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

The sound was loud but the shaking was mild.

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Sep 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm

I was at my computer on Mockingbird Lane, off Old Trace Rd. in Palo Alto and the one-second thrust accompanied by a loud sound got me up thinking there might be more to come. It was obvious to me that it was an earthquake. I'm glad that's all it was.

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Posted by Betsy
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 5, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I live up on a hill in Menlo Park on the 2nd floor of a building. At 8:24, I was watching a BBC program and concentrating on the story when I felt an up and down jolt and then a bit of side to side motion. It lasted for about 10 seconds and there wasn't any doubt in my mind that it was about a 2.9-3.0 quake. I turned on the radio and there was no mention of a quake. So I thought I must have imagined the whole thing until I read this article which verified my experience.

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