At least one in Bolinas felt Saturday’s quake

07/03/2014

Thirty-three people from as far away as Fremont reported feeling tremors on Saturday from a 3.2-magnitude earthquake about 14 miles of the coast of Bolinas, amidst a series of faults between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates, according to the United States Geological Survey. Though the survey did receive one report from Bolinas, many people didn’t notice anything. “My shop was open and I have things on the shelves…but I was totally unaware of any such thing,” said Vic Amoroso, the owner of The Grand Hotel, adding that no one mentioned tremors at an event that evening at the community center, either. Local realtor B.G. Bates was also unaware of the quake. “I don’t really feel earthquakes in this house, which is kind of a bummer because I like to feel those little shakes,” she said. Though minor quakes can sometimes precede a much larger event, the recent tremor is probably not a sign of a looming earthquake, said Keith Knudsen, the deputy director of the survey’s Earthquake Science Center. “Sometimes indeed [small earthquakes] are precursor events, but we have so many that are not followed by large earthquakes.”