Minor earthquake shakes Bay Area 

A 3.4-magnitude earthquake about two miles east of Berkeley briefly shook the Bay Area late Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake, which rumbled at 3:46 p.m., apparently caused no damage in The City but was felt there. Both the San Francisco Fire and Police departments said no emergency calls came in following the quake.

BART followed usual protocol and stopped trains for five minutes to make sure there was no damage, which there wasn’t, and then resumed service.

The quake originated from the active Hayward Fault, which was responsible for a series of other quakes felt in the Bay Area in December.

Stephanie Hanna, spokeswoman for the USGS, said it was a "little quake," but should remind people of the need to prepare for larger ones. She said experts predict the Hayward Fault will result in a major quake about every 150 years and the last one was in 1876. The fault is often described these days as "locked and loaded," she said.

Steve Sarver, owner of San Francisco Soup Company, said employees and customers at their location in the Westfield San Francisco Centre never knew a quake occurred. "We didn’t feel it.

There was business as usual," Sarver said.

Leilani Lynch,who was eating a sandwich at Café Corbis on Hayes Street at the time of the quake, said the shaking was barely detectable. "It was only a couple of seconds. A small rumble and that was it. I wasn’t even sure it was an earthquake," Lynch said.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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