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2.5 Quake Strikes Near Berkeley

The epicenter was about two miles east southeast of the city, USGS says.

Bay City News Service—An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.5 struck near Piedmont Wednesday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake struck at about 8:40 p.m. at a depth of about 6 miles, according to the USGS. The epicenter was about 2 miles east southeast of Berkeley and 3 miles north of Piedmont. (On the USGS Google Maps link, that shows as adjacent to the Claremont Hotel.)

Residents who responded to the USGS's "Did You Feel It?" survey mostly reported experiencing the event as a "weak" earthquake.

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Jack Mingo July 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Your headline is misleading. The epicenter was a block east of the Claremont Hotel IN Berkeley, not "near" Berkeley. The Hayward Fault runs along there, through the hotel grounds.
Dixie Jordan (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
The USGS reports distance as measured from City Hall, just as is done in measuring a city's elevation. There's about 1/10 of a mile uncertainty (at ground level) in determining an earthquake's epicenter. Part of the Claremont Hotel is in Oakland. Given all that, I'm not about to mess with the USGS description.
Jeff Mark July 05, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I think Jack is teasing you, Dixie. I used to live on Kelsey St. in Berkeley, the fault ran literally down the middle of the street; you could see the wrinkles.

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