We just went through a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The quake was centered in the Alum Rock area east of San Jose, California at 8:04 p.m. Pacific Time.
Folks in the area are reporting minor aftershocks. I felt the quake fairly strongly at my home in the hills in Santa Cruz County. People in San Francisco and around the East Bay report it's the strongest quake they've felt since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake. It's the strongest quake I've personally been in.
It was a pretty crazy earthquake. It's the strongest one I've felt. I was at Wal-Mart on Keyes in San Jose. A lot of things fell off shelves and glasses cracked everywhere. People were panicking. We never got to purchase what we wanted to get, they told us evacuate.
I was glad that my bf and I weren't in any of the aisles, because that's where most of the things fell. I started to freak out in the beginning, but he told me to stay calm.
Things hanging on the ceiling were swaying intensely.
It was crazy to see everyone around you panicking. Children started crying afterwards, and parents were looking for their children (a reason why you shouldn't let your children wander around a store unattended).