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4.4 magnitude quake jolts the Bay Area: ‘Rocked and rolled way longer than I care for’

View of San Francisco skyline from Coit Tower on May 24, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard | Source: Camille Cohen/The Standard

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the Bay Area at about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday seconds before a 3.9 tremor—and just a couple days after a 2.9 jolted the region

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the epicenter of Tuesday’s larger quake somewhere about 4 miles north of Santa Rosa, by the Rodgers Creek Fault.

It was enough to knock liquor bottles from shop shelves and send people ducking for cover in Sonoma County, according to local press reports.

It was also enough to trigger warnings from the ShakeAlert app, which sends notifications to subscribers about moderate-to-large earthquakes.

Early reports say the epicenter was about four miles north of Santa Rosa.

Almost as fast as the earth shuddered, “Earthquake Twitter” lit up in San Francisco and beyond. 

“I got up and answered my door,” a user called @owenpeery tweeted, “i thought someone was knocking in my door, oh, it was an #earthquake.”

“Rocked and rolled WAY longer than I care for,” @TheAuthorGuy wrote. “Hope everyone’s okay.”

About 760 Pacific Gas and Electric customers in Sonoma County lost power, according to the utility’s outage map.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department, meanwhile, said it responded to multiple reports of gas leaks, alarms sounding and stuck elevators—but no injuries.

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