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Magnitude 3.5 Earthquake strikes off the coast of San Mateo.


COLMA (CBS SF) – A 3.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast south of San Francisco on Saturday morning, shaking residents off their beds and breakfast tables.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake at 8:41 a.m. and was centered off the coast of Pacifica, about 3.7 miles southwest of Colma.

No damage was reported, but nerves rattled, especially for the residents of South San Francisco and along the San Francisco waterfront.

People in the Bay Area visited the KPIX Facebook page to report on the Temblor, which was generally perceived as a strong, short jolt.

Cathy Pacheco called the morning rush annoying.

“Surely (felt it). I heard it too,” she said, “Very loud and nerve-strong. Not as big as 89 in any case, but it didn’t feel like it was just a 3.9. I hate to think what the big thing will look like when it gets closer to 415. That jerk was really something.”

Candy Yoshikawa Acosta prepared breakfast and said the quake felt much stronger than a 3.6.

“I was in the kitchen oh, my God!,” she posted. “I felt it stronger than the reports says.”

In South San Francisco, Heather Stoltz posted on the KPIX 5 Facebook page that the jolt was quite strong.

“I’m in south city and checking my house for new cracks,” she posted. “It felt stronger than the reports say here. I heard creaking and cracking for sure!”

Fellow South City resident Bilal Shah was also shaken up.

“Our whole building shook like something heavy was dropped on it,” he posted.

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Maria Ramirez got rocked in San Francisco’s Marina District.

“Quick hard jolt Northpoint St near Pier 39,” she posted.

Likewise for San Franciscan Laura Saavedra.

“I don’t wake up easily ever with my Alarm on, but this was a big Jolt that woke me up in a Second,” she posted.

Tabitha Harmon-Weigel posted that she “Thought a car ran into my house here in Pacifica!!!

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