3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes East San Jose


While many Americans in northern and eastern parts of the country are grappling with frigid temperatures and multiple feet of snow, residents in the west—and particularly, California—are dealing with formidable earth-produced troubles of their own.
Late Tuesday night, tremors and shaking were reported by a multitude of residents in the East San Jose area. Meteorologists, officials from the United States Geological Survey, and other experts ultimately concluded that these tremors and shaking were the results of a 3.9 magnitude earthquake, which passed through the area around 10:30 PM and lasted for roughly 60 seconds.
The earthquake was the second to strike California on Tuesday, as about three hours prior, a 3.1 magnitude quake hit Santa Clara County. This initial quake, although not quite as strong as that encountered by East San Jose residents later that night, was reported to last slightly longer. Furthermore, based upon the area's recent cluster of earthquakes, experts are warning locals that additional quakes—albeit potentially stronger and more violent than those that've recently taken place—may be on the way, and that emergency provisions should be set aside. These provisions include, but are not limited to, first aid supply kits, non-perishable canned foods, and bottled water.
Earthquakes that register below five on the Richter magnitude scale are classified as "less than disruptions," and thankfully, no property damage, injuries, or casualties were reported during Tuesday night's quakes. Experts have once again indicated that these tectonic shifts may be indicative of imminent, additionally powerful quakes, and should therefore prompt locals to brace and prepare themselves accordingly.
The United States Geological Survey asks that individuals who encounter even mild shaking and trembling from the earth file a report through their website, earthquake.usgs.gov, as quickly as possible. These reports help the scientists and analysts at the USGS to notice largescale trends and data biases as efficiently and rapidly as they're able to; this information can save lives, as individuals living in an area that's about to be struck by a quake can be warned beforehand.



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