A 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit at 7:47 a.m. today about 3 miles off the San Francisco coast, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The quake was about 8 miles deep and barely felt on land, although it was felt by some area residents.
Some Bay Area residents started the day with a jolt when a small earthquake struck off the San Francisco coast this morning.
Danielle Brown, a server at Louis' Restaurant on Point Lobos Avenue near the Cliff House, was walking up the stairs from the restaurant's basement when she heard a strange sound.
"The whole building kind of shook a little, it made a rumbling sound," she said.
"My boss said, 'Did you feel that?' I said, 'I actually heard it,'" Brown said.
Golden Gate Bridge patrol Sgt. H. Lopez was near the bridge's toll plaza when the quake hit.
"It was very quick, it was like a big truck going by," he said. "When I came back to the office our seismic alert had gone off."
Christian Andino, a barista at Java Beach Cafe on Sloat Boulevard near the zoo, said the temblor startled customers.
"There was a little shaking going on, things were moving on the shelves slightly," he said.
BART stopped trains for five to 10 minutes after the quake, causing slight delays.