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Earthquake felt in many Bay Area cities, including Palo Alto, on Monday night

More than a dozen people take to Twitter with reactions to the jolt

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 and centered in the Pleasant Hill area could be felt in Palo Alto on Oct. 14. Image courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 centered in Contra Costa County was felt in the Palo Alto area on Monday night.

The temblor struck at 10:33 p.m. in an area less than a mile away from Pleasant Hill and about 2.2 miles away from Walnut Creek, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a depth of 9.1 miles.

A Palo Alto police and fire dispatcher reported one resident calling the dispatch center to report feeling the quake. No reports of injuries or damage from the earthquake were made as of 11 p.m.

More than a dozen people in Palo Alto or surrounding cities took to Twitter minutes after the quake with reactions to the jolt.

"Felt the #earthquake shakes in Palo Alto, minor over here," tweeted James Lewis, creator of AddOhms Tutorials.

"#earthquake felt in Palo Alto, working at my desk upstairs like something slammed my chair," tweeted historian Adrienne Mayor.

The 4.5-magnitude earthquake was preceded by a 2.5-magnitude temblor at 10:23 p.m.

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6 people like this
Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2019 at 11:23 pm

Nayeli is a registered user.

As I imagine is true with most people in Palo Alto, we felt it as a quick jolt. In fact, I thought that someone might have hit our building. I'm always concerned that something like this could be a seismic foreshock.


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Posted by Upgraded foundation
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2019 at 5:23 pm



Get your foundations upgraded, people.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 16, 2019 at 3:41 am

Any magnitude limit where PG&E shuts off electricity for safety reasons?


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