San Francisco hit by 5.6 earthquake
October 30, 2007
The San Francisco Bay Area was struck by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 8:04 p.m. local time. The quake was centered at a depth of 5.7 miles about 9 miles from downtown San Jose, near Alum Rock, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The shaking lasted about a minute.
There were no initial reports of damage or injuries according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
A magnitude 5 quake is considered a moderate earthquake capable of causing major damage to poorly constructed buildings but only slight damage to well-designed buildings.
The last major earthquake to hit the Bay Area struck in 1989. The 6.9 Loma Prieta quake lasted 15 seconds, killed 62 people throughout California, and injured 3,756 people.