The question of the day will inevitably be, "did you feel it?" And the likely answer will be yes!
A 3.6 earthquake along the Hayward fault and centered in El Cerrito rattled residents this morning at 3:39 am providing an early morning wake-up call most did not want.
Despite the vigorous shaking, there were no reports of damage, only rattled nerves.
Centered in the El Cerrito hillside area, the quake was a shallow one making it seem much stronger than USGS data suggested. Initially listed as 4.0, the quake was felt from Santa Cruz to Sacramento and was later downgraded to a 3.6, baffling most who felt it.
Social media lit up like a Christmas tree as locals posted their experiences.
Pinole Community Radio tweeted, "That felt bigger than 4.0!!!"
Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia said, "Woke from a sound sleep from the sharp shaking. A reminder to always be prepared. Are you?"
Indeed this is a good reminder that earthquakes can happen at any time, and a little advance preparation for a larger event is always a good idea.
If you felt it and would like to share your experience, USGS invites you to do so here https://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/dyfi/