3.5-magnitude quake hits 3 miles west of SF


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.

-- Bay City News Service and Palo Alto Online staff

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