6.0 Earthquake Strikes the Bay Area

August 24, 2014 3:37 am · 166 comments


The U.S. Geological Survey this morning is reporting a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Bay Area.

The U.S.G.S is reporting the earthquake occurred at 3:20 a.m. about three miles northwest of American Canyon.

Did you feel it?

101 sjmgw August 24, 2014 at 4:10 AM

I am on the border of Concord and Clayton. Years ago a pine tree fall on our house in the middle of the night major damage very noisy husband slept right through it. But tonight husband felt the quake he woke right up. Dogs barking but no damages. Hope that’s it for tonight. Does anyone know if were expecting more quakes?

102 PG August 24, 2014 at 4:10 AM

Our 1906 era house in downtown Martinez shook so violently that it knocked over and broke a large glass mirror, shattering it to pieces across our living room. My husband and I awoke thinking it was the BIG ONE! I’m usually never scared of earthquakes – but this one went on for so long and we felt it so strongly that I was pretty terrified. Thank goodness it seems as of now that’s everyone is ok.

103 E Santa Rosa August 24, 2014 at 4:11 AM

Rocked the house. Ran outside and realized I ran under our new construction project on the patio. Lol, definitely need a new emergency exit plan.. And to wash my feet.. And maybe my shorts! Shocked we still have power.

104 94598 August 24, 2014 at 4:12 AM

Woke me up- bed was rocking for a couple seconds

105 Kat August 24, 2014 at 4:14 AM

Pittsburg- Was awake .,Getting water.

106 mojoduck August 24, 2014 at 4:15 AM

Thank God we dodged the bullet again , house rocked woke us near East st. and Crescent dr. Concord

107 Don Hays August 24, 2014 at 4:15 AM

6.1 is a pretty good quake. I’m not sure if the house remained moving after the quake or if the quake just got smaller at the end. All I know is that I thought it was never going to stop. One of our 2 cats must have pee’d down the hall…freaking out. Poor kitty. Glad everybody is ok.

108 Jess August 24, 2014 at 4:17 AM

There’s going to be a high correlation between people that are up now and people that felt it. My spouse is sleeping but kids and cats and I felt it.

109 ClayDen August 24, 2014 at 4:18 AM

My wife and I were awakened by it. The shutters above our bed were rattling. I guess I’m awake enough to watch the Belgian Grand Prix live now.

110 Silva August 24, 2014 at 4:18 AM

Wide awake in West Oakland. I’d woken up about 10 minutes before. Cats scattered, and the place rocked a good little while. we’re on the second floor, place was built in 1925. Chimneys are still standing. Yay!

111 vicky sarro August 24, 2014 at 4:19 AM

House was moving from side to side, pots in pot rack rattling, dishes clanking. Seemed to last a long time, but I read it was only 9 seconds. Woke up my husband.

112 Just another Concord resident August 24, 2014 at 4:19 AM

Yes, was just barely up and around when it hit, rattled all the glassware, a couple of cracks, no damage that I can tell yet.

113 vicky De'VON August 24, 2014 at 4:21 AM

I was sitting up watching TV and my lamp that is big with six exstention shoot frames fell off the wall.my couch shook ,actually everything shook.i didnt think it was going to stop.i was in the 1989 earthquake. I was helping to get the people out of the terrible mess.this was very upsetting. Bad memories of what happened then.i hope everyone is alright.my whole condo shook.My father is a pilot hes 87 woke up and thought he was flying his plane.( haaa haaa)

114 Roz August 24, 2014 at 4:21 AM

Yes, it was a short lived one…was already awake, but got up after. Only thing that moved was a cabinet door in the kitchen. The cat and Hubby are still sleeping,…time for a cup of tea.

115 Dutch August 24, 2014 at 4:22 AM

Normally my wife will sleep through minor tremors but this one woke us both up. It was the longest duration that I can remember in a long time. I’d say between 15 to 30 seconds, but it probably wasn’t that long (just seemed that long). No damage. FOX NEWS was the first national news service that interrupted its programming to report on it. Apparently it was felt as far as Vacaville (at least at this time). What fun, shake rattle and roll California.

116 NR August 24, 2014 at 4:22 AM

That felt like the big one! It was the biggest earthquake I’ve felt since Loma Prieta. It was so intense that in the seconds following the earthquake, I was expecting widespread damage in the Bay Area.

This reminds me that I’m not as prepared as I should be for an earthquake. Since we moved to a new house, I haven’t talked to my wife about a meeting spot and haven’t updated our food supply containers in over a year.

I’m going to revisit this emergency prep checklist sometime soon! http://www.ready.gov/earthquakes

117 SpiritDog August 24, 2014 at 4:23 AM

Thought I was in my dream at first, but then realized I was not sleeping! Husband woke up from it, too. Found our cat. No damages. Everything seems ok. Just waiting for the aftershocks.


118 RCA August 24, 2014 at 4:26 AM

Woke us up just like it did most everyone else on here.

119 Anonymous August 24, 2014 at 4:27 AM

Woke me up out of sound sleep. Seemed to really our cats. One cat is so scared he won’t come out from under our bed. Didn’t seem to bother the dogs.

120 sam August 24, 2014 at 4:27 AM

ellis st., concord ca…. i was wide awake and completely lucid, i felt absolutely nothing, zilch.

121 Downtown Martinez August 24, 2014 at 4:29 AM

OMG! Not the best way to be woke up. Banged into the hallway walls as I ran to the front door as I’m upstairs. Seemed to last over 30 seconds. All cabinet doors are open. Who can sleep after this?!?

122 LoRetTAH81 August 24, 2014 at 4:30 AM

@Edi # 33 – ME TOO! I thought my cats were wrestling on the bed & when I leaned up to kick em off I realized NO cats on the bed. I was like WHOA…! Shook long enough to scare the daylights outta me…! Hope its done!!

123 Killjoy August 24, 2014 at 4:31 AM

It woke me up, and I muttered “Earthquake”. Then the wife woke up and said the same thing. I just laughed and said “Didn’t you hear what I just said?” LOL
Both cats jumped off the bed. One is okay, the other is still a little freaked by it. She’s being clingy.

124 jozy.sa August 24, 2014 at 4:48 AM

Im in jozi south africa was on the phone with my wife who lives in concord, damm I heard that rattles over the phone! Joburg had one two days ago and as far as I read earthquakes are happening all over the world! Is this a warning that the end of times are close? Pretty scaring when u think about it. Hope everyone is alright and that there wont be any more soon

125 Jcay August 24, 2014 at 4:57 AM

I was up and it was such a wavy quake I thought I was dizzy. My house on a slab so it was a gentle ride. Sorry to say but in 1989 there was a 5.0 in August.

126 shally August 24, 2014 at 5:04 AM

Yes. was wide awake reading and suddenly my bed starts to shake, got up and went to the kitchen. the entire house is shaking, window blinds are swaying. lasted for about 15 seconds!

127 Jcay August 24, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Its the drought. I read that just yesterday.
1989 was also during a drought.

128 ChampagneKitty August 24, 2014 at 6:26 AM

I’m concerned about Bubbling Well Pet Memorial Park in the Napa hills. I’m going to email them to see if they are okay.

129 green August 24, 2014 at 6:55 AM

what a bunch of losers you all are! nothing better to do than post in the middle of the night. you must have been up all night club hopping to be posting this late.

130 Dorothy August 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Noise woke me first and then the rocking motion. I knew it had to be fairly close by and strong. I’m glad it didn’t happen during regular working hours.

131 That's All Folks! August 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Oh yeah, woke up, thought to myself “whoa, feels like a six pointer” and went back to sleep. Just got up a few minutes ago and whaddaya know, I was right, a six pointer.

132 Harry August 24, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Yup. My wife woke me up and we observed everything shaking for about 30 seconds. It scared us quite well.

133 Tom August 24, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Woke us up! It’s been awhile since I felt a big one. Our animals get excited. Whatever……

134 Atticus Thraxx August 24, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Woke us up, but didn’t get up until we heard the pool sloshing. Turned on light and it looked like the North Sea in November.Everyone around us seems okay. Let’s see what the aftershocks do. We are so lucky this didn’t happen on a workday mid-afternoon.

135 Earthquake Country August 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

This one seemed to shake harder (at least in Bay Point) than the one in 89 but didn’t last as long. 89 seemed to last forever!

136 Sinn Feiner August 24, 2014 at 8:20 AM

I was on my bike ride up in the Martinez hills right across from Kaiser taking a break on a bench when it hit and felt the street just rolling! The street lights and signals were shaking back and forth for about 30 seconds or so.

137 Minutemom August 24, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Thought my husband was fidgeting REALLY aggressively. I was really annoyed at him for waking me up, then I realized he was sound asleep. I said “Did you move, or did we just have an earthquake?”. He said “UH…Zzzzz”. So I went back to sleep.

138 Enfield303 August 24, 2014 at 8:47 AM

New earthquake protocol…Bypass going under door frame and head straight to the computer and get on Claycord.

Thanks Mayor for being the go to news source in the event of a potential disaster. I took the tv news sources a half hour or so to respond. Knowledge is power.

139 Shasta Daisy August 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

@Sinn Feiner….You go for a bike ride at 3:20 am? See any satellites or meteors?

140 :) August 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Woke us up. I was having a dream and in my dream I just started saying there’s an earthquake as I woke up to the house rocking. I was surprised to wake up this morning and read it was a 6.0

141 Sinn Feiner August 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM

@ Shasta Daisy,

Yes I’ve been bike riding late at night early morning hours for about 14 years. I do sometimes see meteors but usually when I’m out in Clyde at the end of PCH where it’s really dark. I can’t say I’ve ever seen satellites here in the Bay Area. My wife and I do a lot of camping up in the high sierras and we see satellites up there all the time especially in the high elevations.

142 @ Sinn Feiner August 24, 2014 at 9:21 AM

I thought the only people out on bikes at 3:30am in claycord are the tweakers looking to burglarize…do you run with that group?

143 Sinn Feiner August 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

I’ve worked nights for 16 years. Best time to bike ride in my opinion. Nice and quiet out and no traffic to deal with!

144 vani August 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

im in concord area. definitley felt it. woke me up on the first shake and keep moving. My bathroom sliding doors were rattling

145 Shulla August 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Off No. Larwin. Dreaming about dinosaurs walking…but woke up to the earthquake. Pretty strong. Hubby slept thru it.

146 Lari August 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Nope. Slept right through it – all the texts coming in from family and friends in NY started pouring in and I did hear phone ring very early, but fell back asleep. Surprised we didn’t feel it as that’s large and close by. Was in L.A. in March when I awoke to a 4.1, but that one was right under me.

147 Tal August 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

When I got up this morning I discovered the quake stopped the pendulum on my grandfather clock, I guess I am 2 min. fast, it said 3:22am. I’m in Concord, near Clayton.

148 Lisa Fulmer August 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

I was awakened not by the shaking but by the noise and the dogs barking, by the way the dogs were freaking out at the front door, I thought someone was trying to break in to my house…didn’t sleep the rest of the night. I should have thought to go online, d’uh…I didn’t know it was an earthquake until 7am when my Facebook alerts and texts started buzzing my phone.

149 Someone August 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Slept through it, though our bird fell off the swing.

150 Silva August 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Aw Lisa! Sorry. :)

151 Cowellian August 24, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Apparently, everyone I’m related to in the Bay Area slept through the earthquake.

152 TinFoiler August 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Shasta Daisy, the satellites that are closer to the earth are visible usually up to 2 hours after sunset, any seen after that are way out there. Then there’s the “Crafts” that are visible all through the night – either because they are reflecting the suns light or you are seeing their power system. At least that’s the way it is when using night vision. The meteors are happening all night long.

153 JustMe August 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Felt it, jumped on Twitter, and noticed a bunch of friends all reporting the same thing.

154 lunatic August 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

How come I didn’t feel the earthquake??

I as sleeping in my car in Albany; didn’t feel a thing. Everyone else I spoke to later that morning did feel it in that area. A car is less insulated than a house, so you would think I would have felt it.

155 Sally Freedlund August 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I slept through it. I’m disappointed that I wasn’t awakened by this earthquake. I guess I must have been REALLY TIRED. I’m surprised that lots of people in Claycord felt it. In the past, there were many less intense earthquakes that woke me up.

156 ConcordRes August 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM

If someone’s intent was to be “a tweeker looking to burglarize”, do you honestly think they’d announce it on Claycord?

157 Miss Diagnosis August 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I was in rohnert park at the time. Definatley woke me up!!!

158 Carol August 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

New earthquake to do list … get on computer and go to Claycord .
In Martinez, no damage – woke everyone up at 3:20 . FOX NEWS
was the first national news service that interrupted its programming to
report on it and it was about a half an hour after it happened. Could
not find any local news stations that interrupted programming to report it.

159 Antler August 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Would be more fun to hear what those of us who were already awake or were awakened by the quake, DID during the 15-seconds of the actual event!

Talk about an adrenaline rush combined with pre-planned procedure…..I turned on a light, put on Crocs, grabbed my purse (with car key in it) and threw daily Rx bottles into it, and was on my way to the hall closet to get an overcoat when the quake stopped. Then it hit me that I hadn’t said one word of alert to either my husband or our dog, both of whom were still SOUNDLY asleep. I’m sure that when I would have passed back by the bed on my way out the sliding glass door, I would have said a little something….right? By way of a whispered endearment and fond goodbye?

I mean, you’d THINK! ;-)

160 Marissa August 24, 2014 at 12:10 PM

The earth is at it again.

161 Shasta Daisy August 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM


I’m usually outside sometime between 9 PM and 10 PM. This clearly shows the ones I am seeing.

162 Some folks might want to sign up August 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

for a CERT Class.


Class start Sept 18th.

163 J. August 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I felt it, and felt it, and felt it; seemed like it would never stop.

164 Walnut Creek Resident August 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Oh yes I felt it. My birds where frozen like little statues they were so scared so I picked them up and gave them a kiss and talked to them and they calmed
down but they didn’t like it at all and I didn’t mind The earthquake at all. I guessed it was about 15 seconds long and I felt like I was in a bowl of Jell-O bouncing around I thought it was fun!! My location is on Montego in Walnut Creek!!

165 Former P-Hill Resident August 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

It definitely woke us and our neighbors up in Dublin. We were shocked to find out that the epicenter was so far away from us!

166 Mimi (original) August 26, 2014 at 12:18 PM

LOLOL! Did I actually read a comment from someone that said, “does anyone know what caused it?” LOLOL!

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