5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near San Jose – NBC Bay Area


An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook the Bay Area late Tuesday morning, rattling nerves, but appeared to do no significant damage.

The earthquake struck at 11:42 a.m. and was located 20.1 miles east of San Jose, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was followed by a 3.1 aftershock on the Richter scale at 11:47 AM and a 3.6 aftershock on the Richter scale at 3:08 PM

Annemarie Baltay, a seismologist with the USGS, said the location of the epicenter suggests the earthquake occurred in the Calaveras Fault zone.

Shaking was “commonly felt,” Baltay said, adding that there were more than 18,000 “did you feel it?” reports from 1 p.m. Those reports came from as far afield as Central California, Sacramento and Sonoma County.

“The ground shaking appears to have been slightly less than our models expected for this magnitude earthquake,” Baltay said.

dr. Lucy Jones, Cal Tech Seismologist, talks to NBC Bay Area about the 5.1 earthquake that shook the South Bay on Wednesday.

The 5.1 on the Richter scale earthquake marked the Bay Area’s largest earthquake since the 2014 Napa earthquake, measuring 6.0. Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said Tuesday’s quake was the largest earthquake reported in the South Bay since a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Alum Rock area in 2007.

According to Baltay, there is a 1 in 100 chance of an aftershock greater than 5.0 on the Richter scale the following day. There could be 10 to 15 aftershocks of magnitude 3.0 or more over the next week.

“Aftershocks of this magnitude and duration are completely normal for an event of this type,” Baltay said.

NBC Bay Area meteorologist Rob Mayeda breaks down the fault lines that run through the Bay Area after a couple of earthquakes in the South Bay.

Lynne Meyer of Morgan Hill, a Bay Area resident who experienced the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9, said Tuesday’s shaking was “beyond anything I can ever remember.”

She said she was walking in from her garage when she heard a bomb going off.

“I thought there was an explosion,” she said. “The sound was thunderous.”

As she walked through the door, a floor lamp tipped over and nearly hit her.

“Everything started shaking really bad and I realized, ‘Oh, I’m in a big, big earthquake,'” she said.

Meyer was not injured, but two mirrors in her home collapsed.

A Morgan Hill resident describes the moment objects fell into her home as the 5.1 earthquake hit the Bay Area Tuesday morning.

After the earthquakes, nearly 60 BART trains were put on hold while crews inspected the tracks. The trains were later released.

The San Jose Unified School District said there was no damage or injury to anyone at its schools.

You can track earthquakes in the Bay Area using our Earthquake Tracker.

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