A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattles San Francisco Bay Area, the largest to strike the region in years — A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday, shaking buildings and marking the strongest quake in the region has seen in eight years.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 11:42 a.m. local time about 12 miles east of San Jose at a depth of about 4 miles. The area is about 40 miles southeast of downtown San Francisco.
The earthquake was the largest in the Bay Area had experienced in years, according to USGS data and seismologist Lucy Jones. The last notable quake was a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Napa in 2014.
Jones told KNTV-TV the quake happened on the Calaveras fault, one of eight major faults in the Bay Area, and a branch of the San Andreas fault line.