Magnitude 3.6 earthquake strikes near San Jose, witness says felt like a 'truck slightly crashed into house'

'Lasted a bit longer than just a quick tremor. There was also a quick aftershock that could be felt' a witness from San Jose, 18km from the epicenter said


                            Magnitude 3.6 earthquake strikes near San Jose, witness says felt like a 'truck slightly crashed into house'
Earthquake near San Jose (Getty Images)

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported at 9:59 pm on April 24, Saturday three miles from San Jose, according to the US Geological Survey. The tremor's magnitude was initially reported as 3.8 and then scaled down to 3.6 which happened six miles from Morgan Hill, 11 miles from Alum Rock, 14 miles from Los Gatos and 15 miles from Campbell.

An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample. According to the United States Geological Survey, "Each year the southern California area has about 10,000 earthquakes. Most of them are so small that they are not felt. Only several hundred are greater than magnitude 3.0, and only about 15-20 are greater than magnitude 4.0."

RELATED ARTICLES

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits Aromas near San Andreas Fault, third one felt in California in 'last 7 minutes'

4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes San Francisco Bay area, no damage reported so far

As soon as the Californians felt the tremors, they started tweeting about it. One person said, "Earthquake in San Jose, everyone in California #earthquake." While another one asked, "Did anyone else feel that mini earthquake in San Jose, CA? #earthquake #maybe #sanjose."



 

 



 

 

Journalist Ian Cull said, "Whoa. Earthquake in the South Bay. Couple of jolts in South County. Felt like a truck slightly crashed into the foundation of my house. #BayArea #earthquake You feel it?" Another one shared, "Felt a little tremor here in Morgan Hill #earthquake." A witness from location testified on the emsc-csem site,  Alum Rock, (19 km W from epicenter) Time : T0+ 3 min said the "Bed shook for a good few seconds felt house move."

"Lasted a bit longer than just a quick tremor. There was also a quick aftershock that could be felt," a witness from San Jose, 18km from the epicenter said



 

 



 

 

One person said, "#earthquake trending bc California moved over a little and they all shrugged. I give them so much credit bc when that 3.3 struck NJ last summer I thought the world was ending." While trying to calm people, one person posted, "APPARENTLY There was a 3.8 earthquake like, 300 miles away from me (did you know California is 840 miles long?) A 3.8 gives your feet a massage Literally nothing to panic about guys If it's great than a 6, worry Until then..."



 

 



 

 

The Ridgecrest earthquakes that hit on July 4, 2019 and July 5, 2019 with a magnitude 6.4 and 7.1, respectively, were the most recent major earthquake in Southern California. The 7.1 lasted 12 seconds and was felt by about 30 million people. More than 6,000 lost power. These earthquakes followed a 25 year "quiet period" after Northridge, which was a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that killed 58, injured more than 9,000 and caused more than $49 billion in economic loss. That quake lasted less than 20 seconds. In 2010, a 7.2 quake hit in Baja and it was felt in parts of SoCal. The earliest reported earthquake in California was felt in 1769 by the exploring expedition of Gaspar de Portola while the group was camping about 48 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Los Angeles.