Magnitude 3.6 earthquake jolts San Francisco Bay Area

Posted at 10:34 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 11:38:11-05

SAN FRANCISCO, California — A magnitude 3.6 earthquake has jolted the San Francisco Bay Area on the last day of 2020.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the offshore quake struck around 5:40 a.m. Thursday a few miles west of San Francisco at a depth of about 9 miles.

The agency’s website shows thousands of reports of people saying they felt the earthquake. Many of them took to social media to say it woke them up or was a fitting end for 2020.

Bay Area news station KGO-TV reported that there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake struck at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday (PST) just off the coastline of San Francisco and Marin County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, about nine miles below the ground. The quake’s epicenter was about 4.3 miles south of Muir Beach, just west of the Golden Gate, according to the USGS.

Almost immediately, reports of people jolted awake by the quake began to appear on social media, and more than 3,500 people within the first half hour reported feeling the tremors to the USGS website, including reports from as far north as Santa Rosa and south to nearly San Jose.