Earthquake was 3.0, centered northeast of Fremont

An earthquake that registered 3.0 on the Richter scale struck near Fremont just before 2 a.m. Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said.

No injuries were reported.

According to the USGS, the quake centered “two miles northeast of Fremont.” It’s hard to know exactly where that is, but a quick search on Mapquest shows that the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Palomares Road, deep in the woodsy middle of Niles Canyon, is about two miles northeast of the intersection of Mission and Niles boulevards in the Niles district.

If you were unlucky to be driving through the canyon at that hour, it probably felt like a roller coaster. (Then again, when doesn’t Niles Canyon Road feel like a roller coaster?)

Did anyone feel it? Did anyone hear of any injuries or book shelves flying off walls, etc.?

Chris DeBenedetti


  1. The USGS event page gives these coordinates: 37.561N 121.956W

    This places it just east of Mission and Stevenson, at the base of the hills. There is a building there — according to Google Maps, the Anna Poklewski Academy of Music (39660 Mission).

    Anna might want to check her building’s foundation…

  2. The 2003 Working Group for California Earthquake Probability assigned a 27% probability that the Hayward-Rodgers Creek Fault system would produce a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake in the next 30 years.

    My Question is “Why did They Demolish City Hall”

  3. City Hall in Hayward was re-built not too far from the old building. The reason for it was because it is now required for gov. buildings to meet certain standards in case an earthquake happens. There are now “Friction Pendulum Bearings” underneath the new City Hall.

  4. It was strong enough to wake me up, here in the Lakes & Birds area. I heard the walls creak a bit. Nothing fell or even swung. I wasn’t even 100% sure it was a quake until I saw it on the USGS website.

    I’ll gladly take a bunch of these over a much larger quake later.

  5. @2- Wish it worked that way but a 3.0 isnt going to release any significant energy when compared to what a “big one” (6.0 ?) needs to release . Each increase of 1 on the Richter scale represents another order of magnitude increase in amplitude. So, the amplitude of a 6.0 earthquake is 1000 times that if a 3.0. Total energy released by a 6.0 would actually be 30000 X greater. Even a dozen little ones just dont add up to make a dent in that eventual big one.

  6. “Even a dozen little ones just dont add up to make a dent in that eventual big one.”

    That’s what she said.

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