Magnitude 3.5 earthquake shakes San Francisco Bay Area, centered near Oakland

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 3.8 rattled the San Francisco Bay Area Monday night. The quake was later downgraded to a 3.5.

The rolling quake was centered about 2 miles east of Oakland, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It struck at 7:18 p.m.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Just before 7:30 p.m., BART reported a 10-minute systemwide delay due to the earthquake.

People across the city reported feeling intense shaking. Many took to social media to confirm that they had, indeed, experienced an earthquake. The USGS website loaded slowly Monday night, likely due to a high volume of curious Bay Area residents.

“Our house shook,” said Madeline Edwards, a longtime resident of San Francisco’s Sunset District.

“I’m so excited,” said Zachariah Costas from his home in Corona Heights. The Google engineer, originally from Philadelphia, said he slept through the last minor quake to rock the region — a 4.5-magnitude quake centered in Berkeley — in January.

The earthquake briefly interrupted the San Francisco Giants game Monday night. NBC cameras picked up the shaking moments before pitcher Chris Stratton lobbed the ball at the Cincinnati Reds slugger.

The January quake struck on Jan. 4 in the middle of the night, and it shook with enough force to jolt some locals from their slumbers.

SFGATE will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Michelle Robertson is an SFGATE staff writer. Email her at or find her on Twitter at @mrobertsonsf.

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