South Bay Shaken by Two Minor Earthquakes Hours Apart

The U.S. Geological Survey says a pair of minor earthquakes just a few hours apart rattled the San Jose, South Bay Area.

The Mercury News of San Jose, citing the USGS, reports a 3.1 magnitude quake hit an area northeast of San Martin at 7:19 p.m. Tuesday. A stronger 3.9 magnitude quake hit at 10:32 p.m. northeast of Alum Rock.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

What to do after an earthquake

  • Expect aftershocks hours, days, or weeks after the main quake.

  • Aftershocks can cause building damage and falling debris that could injure you.

  • Avoid open flames in damaged buildings.

  • Earthquakes can damage gas lines, so don’t use lighters or matches.

  • If you live near the coast, stay away from the beach.

  • Earthquakes can cause dangerous tsunamis and flooding.

  • Drive carefully and plan alternative routes.

  • Structural damage and traffic light outages may make it difficult to get to your destination.

Information about earthquakes is available at the USGS website at:


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