Quake damages East Bay businesses
By Ari Barak
July 20, 2007
Businesses in Berkeley and Montclair were damaged and had to
delay opening after this
morning's earthquake centered east of Oakland.
The early morning tremors rattled a Safeway on Shattuck Avenue
in Berkeley, smashing two front windows, according to company
spokeswoman Esperanza Greenwood.
"The glass shattered and so we closed the store...we don't
want people cutting themselves," Greenwood said.
A fire department inspection revealed no structural damage to
the store, Greenwood said, and she expected it would reopen later
Berkeley police dispatcher Melissa Chappell said police had also
received reports of broken windows at other shops on College Avenue.
"We've (primarily) just been getting calls about the helicopters"
circling overhead, Chappell said.
An Albertsons on Mountain Boulevard in Montclair also had to
delay opening after the quake shook items off the shelves, according
to company spokeswoman Alicia Rockwell.
"There was a lot of product that came down from the shelves
and extensive cleanup that we had to do," Rockwell said.
A Montclair restaurant also is cleaning up this morning. A bottle
of wine and several other items fell off the shelves at Montclair
Egg Shop, located at 6126 Medau Place, but nothing was seriously
damaged, said manager Miguel Barron.
Piedmont and Oakland police had no reports of damage or injuries.
The earthquake, with an epicenter 2 miles east, north east of
Oakland shook the entire region for about 15 seconds, according
to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Preliminary reports show that the 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck
at 4:42 a.m. The earthquake was felt throughout the East Bay and
in San Francisco.
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