According to the Santa Rosa Fire Department, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 occurred in Northern California on Tuesday evening, which triggered a reaction from fire officials in response to reports of gas leaks, fire alarms going off, the smell of gas, and elevators becoming stuck.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located at Santa Rosa, which is little more than 80 kilometers north of San Francisco.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an earthquake of magnitude 3.9 hit shortly after a 4.4 magnitude tremor that occurred at around 6:39 p.m. Pacific Time. The epicenter was located 4.66 miles below the surface.
The Santa Rosa Fire Department said on its Twitter account that they were responding to many calls including gas smells, fire alarms, gas leaks, as well as elevators that were stuck. According to Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal, not long after the earthquake occurred, the department received many calls requesting their assistance. According to fire officials, there were no flames caused by the gas leaks. By 7:22 p.m., there had been no reports of anybody being injured as a result of the earthquake.
Residents reported that the earthquake was felt as a powerful tremor that lasted for around ten seconds, followed by the aftershock. However, there were no reports of significant damage being sustained.
Leslie Melodia, who lives in Santa Rosa, said she found cracks in her walls after the earthquake.
“The dogs were acting strange, so I let them out in the backyard. Not 10 seconds later I had to grab a hold [of the] door frame to our kitchen and dining room because it was jolting so bad and glass was shattering on the floor,” said Melodia.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquakes were felt as far south as Santa Clara County and as far north as Mendocino County. The earthquakes also reportedly caused photo frames to fall off the walls.
Brooks Anderson, a resident of downtown Santa Rosa, was quoted in the Chronicle as saying, “I wasn’t sure if a plane had gone down nearby – it was so loud,” He said that a number of oil paintings had fallen off of his walls.
He said that his house was constructed in 1876 and that it had withstood the devastating earthquake that struck San Francisco in 1906, which claimed the lives of thousands of people.
As per Santa Rosa Police Department, there have been no reports of serious injuries or significant property damage.