Twin Quakes Jolt SF, Berkeley

Small quakes hit hours after California holds annual drill
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2011 1:29 AM CDT
Updated Oct 21, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
A reader board announces that trains will be halted for one minute at the Montgomery Street BART station Thursday morning.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – Two earthquakes shook the San Francisco Bay Area yesterday, the same day that California held its annual earthquake preparedness drill and nearly 22 years to the day after a quake killed 63 people in northern California. A 4.0-magnitude quake hit the Bay Area, centered near Berkeley, at 2:30 in the afternoon, and a 3.8-magnitude temblor followed some six hours later, AP reports. No damage or injuries were reported from either quake. The stronger quake was a "sharp little earthquake" that had a "very nice impulsive character," a United States Geological Survey seismologist says.

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