Triple Tremor Terror: 3 Earthquakes Hit California Bay Area Within Minutes
A series of three earthquakes rattled California’s Bay Area within minutes early this morning, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. A 3.5 magnitude earthquake struck the coastal town at 6:01 a.m. (GMT-4), followed by two 2.6 magnitude quakes at 6:03 a.m. and 6:04 a.m.
Fortunately, CBS San Francisco confirms no damage or injuries were reported. Residents from the Bay area experienced the earthquake, raising awareness of the region’s seismic activity.
It was followed minutes later by a pair of 2.6 temblors. There were no immediate word of damage or injuries.https://t.co/y7JEesg5xO— CBS News Bay Area (@KPIXtv) March 28, 2023
The Earthquakes were felt by residents across a wide area, starting from Santa Cruz to San Francisco.
Nearly 9.71 million people living in California’s San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland region experienced earthquakes recently. As a result, every person in this area felt the ground shaking, causing concern and fear among the residents.
Earthquakes are common in California, a state on the infamous San Andreas Fault. The fault is a major source of seismic activity, which makes the region particularly sensitive to earthquakes. However, the rapid sequence of three quakes in such a short time frame is rare in California.
California’s Bay Area has long been recognized as an active seismic region due to its location along the San Andreas Fault. As a result, the area has experienced numerous earthquakes throughout history, ranging from small tremors to large-scale, destructive events.
The San Andreas Fault extends over 800 miles from the Gulf of California to Northern California and marks the boundary between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates.
The movement of these plates generates stress, which is periodically released through earthquakes. The Bay Area is particularly sensitive to seismic activity due to its closeness to the fault line.
One of the most infamous earthquakes to hit the Bay Area occurred in San Francisco on April 18, 1906. With an estimated magnitude of 7.9, the Great San Francisco Earthquake caused widespread destruction and fires that destroyed the city.
It is estimated that around 3,000 people lost their lives, and over 80% of the city was destroyed. This devastating event remains a stark reminder of the potential danger posed by earthquakes in the region.
Another significant earthquake took place on October 17, 1989. Known as the Loma Prieta Earthquake, this 6.9 magnitude quake caused severe damage across the Bay Area.