Storm Tuesday ends with a bang--or a big shake as earthquake strikes near Tri-Valley

Today looks better with some sunny skies, a chance to dry out

What a day! With the season's first rainfall causing some street flooding, a 3.7-magnitude erthquake near Sunol and a roof leak that caused the city to close its Senior Center, Tuesday marked a major change--even a wake-up call--after a late summer and early fall of hot and sunny weather for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.

Fortunately, today looks a lot better, with Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. High temperatures in the lower 70s and south winds of 5 to 20 mph are anticipated.

Tonight the Tri-Valley is expected to be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Low temperatures in the 50s and variable south winds of 5 to 15 mph are anticipated.

Thurssday the Tri-Valley is expected to be mostly cloudy with patchy fog in the morning. High temperatures in the lower 70s and south winds of 5 to 15 mph are anticipated.

Yesterday, commuters felt the brunt of the storm as they found the going rough with flooding on major highways and wind advisories on the San Mateo, Dumbarton and Bay bridges, where gusts reached 60 mph and stronger, toppling trees and causing at least one truck to overturn.

Winds diminished early last night as expected, but then one 3.7-magnitude earthquake struck just south of Pleasanton with two smaller tremblors following, disrupting those who thought the calm had returned at last to the Tri-Valley.

Yesterday's storm also caused major flooding along Bernal Avenue and the closure of the Pleasanton Senior Center.

The senior center, located at 5353 Sunol Blvd., has been undergoing a roof replacement for the past couple of weeks and the incessant rain caused leakage despite efforts to stop it by roofing contractors, according to city spokeswoman Joanne Hall.

The center will remain closed through today until staff can make sure leaks have stopped, she said, adding that Wednesday's regularly scheduled senior nutrition program will be relocated to the Veterans Hall at 301 Main St. Paratransit service will redirect its route to include the Veterans Hall for this purpose Wednesday, she said.

Because of concern over possible flooded yards and homes, the city also offered free sandbags at its Operations Service Center at 3333 Busch Road yesterday. Director Daniel Smith said city crews prepared in advance for the rainy season, clearing culverts and drains.

From Pleasanton Weekly staff

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Posted by Toni
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 14, 2009 at 9:38 am

What an amazing coincidence! We are doing some seismic retrofitting to our house-- the construction is about halfway done-- last night's quake convinced me it's money well spent!

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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 14, 2009 at 10:26 am

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

Food for Thought - You know how they say after some big rains the water gets between the plates (lubricant if you will) and we get some Earthquakes that way. Yesterday my kids notice how high the water table filled the Channels at 680 that feed down through Sunol Niles to the Bay. Interesting that the Quake was Centered in Sunol. Any coincidence? Gary Schwaegerle

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Posted by Hmmmm
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:08 am

It is possible that the rains may have contributed to the quake. But it was a wake up call. With the swine-flu scare and the constant threat of a "Big-One", like life to the fullest everyday, and enjoy and cherish your loved ones.

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm

We have a loft where our son sleeps (his bedroom) and of course he felt the floor move but down on the ground floor there was no sensation from the quake. So how safe is my son up there in the loft? We are new to California and earthquakes.

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