More aftershocks hit Bay Area early Tuesday

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 26, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Four aftershocks shook the San Francisco North Bay Area early Tuesday morning – including a 3.9 magnitude aftershock that caused further damage to Highway 29.

The U.S. Geological Survey said there were four aftershocks in just over an hour, beginning with the 3.9 shaker at 5:33 a.m – within six miles of American Canyon. The second rattler recorded at 2.7 at 5:35 a.m., then a 2.8 at 6:12 a.m., and a 3.0 at 6:45 a.m. As of press time, no injuries have been reported.

Sunday’s 6.0 magnitude quake in the San Francisco Bay Area was the strongest in the area in 25 years.

Although no one has died because of the quake, 208 were treated at the hospital. Officials said the cost of the damage could reach over a billion dollars.

Irene Bernabe, who lives by the epicenter of Sunday’s quake said she could hear rumbling immediately followed by a jolt.

“The jolt was strong enough to move some of the picture frames and shake the house and wake up the kids,” said Bernabe.

Some experts have predicted a 5.0 magnitude aftershock within the next few days. To prepare for an aftershock, Irene said her family created an emergency exit plan as well as made sure their emergency kit was complete – flashlight, candle, canned food, and first aid.

She also said her children’s schools were reviewing their earthquake preparedness plans.

Bernabe told Balitang America that the recent earthquake taught her a few valuable lessons.

“I learned that mother nature is a really powerful entity and that the residents of California, we should really take precaution preparing for disasters, especially mga earthquake,” said Irene. “Sometimes we take it for granted, but this is a big reminder that it can happen at any time.”

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