Power in Pacifica restored after 3.4-magnitude shaker hits the Bay 

On the 105th anniversary of San Francisco’s infamous 1906 earthquake, a 3.41 shaker rattled the Bay Area knocking out power to some 10,000 Pacifica residents. Power however has since been restored.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.41-magnitude quake hit about two miles out southeast of Pacifica at 2:57 p.m. PG&E initially reported about 7,000 outages in Pacifica around 3 p.m., but that number has since climbed to 10,000, said Monica Tell, PG&E spokesperson.

Though the outages occurred right around the quake, PG&E is still investigating what cause a circuit breaker at one of their substations to open, Tell said. Around 4:30 p.m., the circuit breaker was closed as power has been restored, Tell said.

The initial shaker was followed by two quakes – a 1.4-magnitude at 3:25 p.m. and a 1.2-magnitude at 3:28 p.m., said USGS spokesperson Paul Laustsen.  

“It’s a very weak earthquake,” said Laustsen. “And a very common one for California.”

USGS initially reported the quake as a 3.8-magnitude, but has since been scaled at 3.41, said Laustsen.

Self proclaimed earthquake predictor and retired geologist Jim Berkland last week predicted a 3.5-6.5 magnitude quake within a 140-mile radius of East Bay Peak Mt. Diablo. The proclaimed the seismic window to be between April 17 to 25.

Despite the outages, San Mateo County Offices of Emergency Services has not received reports of damages or injuries.

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