San Jose earthquake

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.

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  • Ah Pook (Eric S)
    October 30, 2007 - 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Yep I really felt it here in Campbell. Lots of movement, unsecured stuff on the shelves fell off, and there's a nice new hairline crack down the centerbeam of my living room.

    Not the biggest for me– i was living in L.A. for the Northridge EQ, which bounced me out of bed.

    Still biking to work tomorrow though. :)

  • Ah Pook (Eric S)
    October 31, 2007 - 4:34 am | Permalink

    Yep I really felt it here in Campbell. Lots of movement, unsecured stuff on the shelves fell off, and there's a nice new hairline crack down the centerbeam of my living room. Not the biggest for me– i was living in L.A. for the Northridge EQ, which bounced me out of bed.Still biking to work tomorrow though. :)

  • heley
    October 30, 2007 - 9:52 pm | Permalink

    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).

    I still haven't felt an after shock though.

  • heley
    October 31, 2007 - 4:52 am | Permalink

    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). I still haven't felt an after shock though.

  • Yokota Fritz
    October 31, 2007 - 10:34 am | Permalink

    My brother was in San Bernardino during Northridge — he was awake early in the morning when his dog started going nuts. He told me he could see transformers exploding in the distance.

    It was fairly strong in Santa Cruz County, but nothing fell — just some rattling.

  • Yokota Fritz
    October 31, 2007 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

    My brother was in San Bernardino during Northridge — he was awake early in the morning when his dog started going nuts. He told me he could see transformers exploding in the distance.It was fairly strong in Santa Cruz County, but nothing fell — just some rattling.

  • Anonymous
    May 12, 2008 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    Hey ahpook! I was bounced out of bed during the Northridge Quake too! Thanks for posting that. I don't feel so lonely now! :)

  • Anonymous
    May 12, 2008 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    Hey ahpook! I was bounced out of bed during the Northridge Quake too! Thanks for posting that. I don't feel so lonely now! :)

  • Anonymous
    May 12, 2008 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Hey ahpook! I was bounced out of bed during the Northridge Quake too! Thanks for posting that. I don't feel so lonely now! :)

  • Anonymous
    May 12, 2008 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Hey ahpook! I was bounced out of bed during the Northridge Quake too! Thanks for posting that. I don't feel so lonely now! :)

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