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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area




A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area late Tuesday morning, shaking buildings and nerves, but luckily causing no significant damage or injury.

The quake struck at 11:42 a.m. about 9 miles from Seven Trees and 12 miles east of San Jose, according to the US Geological Survey.

A 3.1 magnitude aftershock was reported about 5 minutes later.

A USGS “Did You Feel It” map shows the quake was felt as far south as Salinas and as far north as Fairfield, Calif., north of San Francisco.

The tremor was on the Calaveras Fault, which produced a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in 1984, sister station KTLA KRON reported.

Tuesday’s earthquake was the largest to hit the Bay Area since the South Napa earthquake in 2014 – a magnitude of 6.0, seismologist Lucy Jones Noted.

The United States National Tsunami Warning Center has indicated that a tsunami was not planned after the earthquake.

Rich Constantine, the mayor of Morgan Hill, a town neighboring San Jose, said he was in the kitchen of his home when the “long and steady” earthquake hit, the Associated Press reported.

“We had a frame in the house that fell, everything was shaking but once it stopped there was no damage,” he said.

Constantine said Morgan Hill City Hall and other city offices were evacuated, but everyone returned to work soon after.

The California Office of Emergency Services is coordinating with local authorities in the Bay Area to assess any damage or preliminary issues caused by the earthquake, the agency said in a statement. Tweeter.

Several commuter rail companies, including Cal Train and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, known as BART, held trains to check for damage. BART returned to normal service in the early afternoon, according to KRON.