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2 Small Earthquakes Rattle Bay Area On ’06 Quake Anniversary

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PACIFICA (CBS 5) — Two small earthquakes rattled parts of the Bay Area on Monday, which ironically marked the 105th anniversary of the Great
1906 San Francisco Earthquake
.

The first quake, measuring a 3.4 magnitude (downgraded from orginal 3.8 reading), occurred at 2:57 p.m. and was centered about two miles southeast of Pacifica and roughly 12 miles south of San Francisco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“There was a sharp jolt that was preceded by a rumbling noise,” said Thom Ball, library manager of the Pacifica Sharp Park Library, who was among those that felt it.

The Pacifica temblor was followed minutes later at 3 p.m. by a second, even smaller earthquake with a magnitude of 1.4. That quake was centered about two miles southwest of San Bruno.

Michael Nee, a bartender at Behan’s Irish Pub in nearby Burlingame, said “the whole bar shook and the lights from the ceilings swayed” for about three seconds.

There were no reports of injuries or significant damage, however Pacific Gas & Electric officials said about 7,000 Pacifica customers lost power immediately after the quake. The cause of the outage was under investigation.

Bay Area Rapid Transit trains stopped running briefly as tracks were inspected, but no problems were found. Runways were also inspected at San Francisco International Airport, but no problems were discovered there either.

Earlier Monday, dozens gathered for a ceremony held in San Francisco commemorating the 1906 quake.

There are only three known survivors left of that devastating quake and ensuing fire that killed thousands, and only one of them — Bill DelMonte, who was just a few months old at the time — was
able to make this year’s ceremony.

>> Photo Gallery: Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

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