5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Northern California

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An earthquake, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, jolted Northern Calfornia, around 8 pm on Tuesday, October 30th. The epicenter was located just south of the Calaveras Reservoir in Santa Clara County.

Described as moderate by scientists, the quake caused no major damage or injuries. It did, however, rattle a lot of nerves. Bay area residents, who have been anticipating the "big one" got very nervous, thinking this might be it. People who were in a Mall near the epicenter said sirens inside the mall urged people to evacuate, causing a clogging at the exit doors. Public trains either stopped for a few minutes or slowed down following the quake. The worst reports of damage, besides frayed nerves, were things rolling off shelves.

Whenever an earthquake occurs and a fault slips, it releases pent-up stress. However, that shaking also triggers changes in the pressure built up along nearby faults. Unfortunately, scientists cannot predict whether this quake helped ease the tension or increase it up further along the fault. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed that it was the former.

Check below for an interesting video on the location of the earthquake and the various aftershocks that followed.

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22 Comments
  • rampage
    rampageWednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:17 am
    WOW i wouldn't want to be there. Hope those people are okay.
    • cottoncandyfluf
      cottoncandyflufWednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm
      amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • dragonise
        dragoniseThursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:45 am
        Wow
        • coolclaire
          coolclaireFriday, March 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm
          COOL!!!!!!!
          • wowTuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm
            i can't believe i didn't feel that.
            • aylarafiq
              aylarafiqSunday, February 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm
              wow
              • I SurvivedFriday, February 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm
                I have survived a 5.9 earthquake. My brother thought it was paranormal activity!
                • 23chiarap
                  23chiarapFriday, February 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm
                  wow, I freaked out only for a 5 second tremor. 5.9 earthquake I would've had a tantrum
                • :PMonday, May 9, 2011 at 9:57 am
                  wow 3 comments...
                  • bleepSaturday, March 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm
                    that is so good that there is no major injuries
                    • kSunday, May 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm
                      yes i am frst and also that is sooo terible