earthquake_sfcoast.jpg2:31 PM: The USGS site doesn’t have a magnitude yet, but folks in the Outer Sunset had a bit of a jump at 2:29 this afternoon. According to the geological survey, the epicenter is 3 miles from Daly City, CA or 9 miles from San Francisco City Hall, CA

Where I sat in the far OS, it felt like a small speed bump and there was a sort of crack sound. Did you feel it?

2:38 PM: The USGS says it’s a 3.5 magnitude quake, which is no big deal according to the internet. Tell that to my heart, which is still pounding! Which is why I am reporting it on the Did You Feel It? map. You should too!

2:43 PM: From BART: “Earlier, an earthquake had been felt within the area serviced by BART. Trains were running at reduced speeds completing track inspections. Expect residual delays of 10 minutes throughout the BART system.”

2:45 PM: Oh, Twitter! It is wonderful! Here’s what Appeal followers say the quake felt like to them:

“just a little guy! heard a crack though” from abbyp.

“it felt like a burp + creaking. We’re on the 8th fl in the FiDi, but not all of us even noticed” from logainne.

“it felt like a truck hit the house” says iheartdesign

Appeal commenter Haze Violet Valet (sorry!) says he “Definitely felt it down here near the Stick.” and commenter/contrib Becca Hirschman says “Felt a very slight rumble and then a whomp-like bang here in SOMA. My desk lamp also teetered.”

2:53 PM: Though lots of folks seemed to feel the quake, as noted above, a 3.5 magnitude is “minor” by most standards, described on the infallible Wikipedia as “Often felt, but rarely causes damage.”

But we did our due diligence, making a round of calls to the authorities, many of whom were unaware there had been a quake. (Note to Jeff Adachi, when you’re done with pension reform, maybe your next windmill can be super fancy city employee desk chairs?) But so far no damage or injuries have been reported.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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