Santa Rosa Shaken by Two Back to Back Earthquake
Two earthquakes, measuring 4.4 and 3.9 on the Richter scale, struck a Santa Rosa neighbourhood on Tuesday afternoon, and their effects were felt throughout the region.
The United States has released some preliminary data. The earthquake, measured at magnitude 4.4 by the Geological Survey, occurred at 6:39 p.m. A 3.9 tremor struck the area east of US-101, near Chanate Road and Hidden Valley Park, less than a minute later. Near Santa Rosa’s northwest corner, on Highway 101.
As far as everyone knew, no serious injuries or property damage had occurred. Residents reported smashed plates and photos falling off walls in social media posts.
There have been no confirmed reports of injuries as a result of the earthquake, but the Santa Rosa Fire Department issued the following community alert: “Santa Rosa Fire has responded to multiple reports of odours of gas, gas leaks, fire alarms as well as stuck elevators. No reports of any injuries related to the quake at this time.”
North Bay residents, as well as those in the cities of San Francisco and Daly City, to the south, felt the tremors of the earthquake as it centred along the Rogers Creek Fault.
Many people in the state reported that they had received phone alerts just before the earthquake struck.
Several people reported experiencing two separate shocks within a few seconds of each other on social media.
Ambersonian tweeted, “Dude. I’m no earthquake rookie but that felt WAY bigger. I guess because the epicentre was here in Santa Rosa it felt extra nuts. Plus the aftershock was ridiculous. Phew. Whatta rush.” Ambersonian tweeted.
“We felt the earthquake and the aftershock in Graton. Felt like something slamming into my house. Everything rattled but nothing fell.” Lesa Tanner tweeted
“Oh my god – my entire house just felt like it cracked. It shook. Mirrors and pictures came off walls. Son was hiding in my bed. Literally right under my house” Twitted Tammy Hunter Beasley
According to Malinalli Lopez’s post, “I was driving and my car started shaking really badly, not a good feeling. A good reminder of the power of mother nature.”