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2.9-magnitude earthquake hits Bay Area

Published September 3, 2014

The red and blue dots represent where the 2.9-magnitude earthquake 4.7 miles from Palo Alto High School and the 6.0 earthquake near Napa Valley struck, tonight and Aug. 24.  respectively. Cracks in the Earth’s crust such as the San Andreas Fault, are prevalent in California and are where most earthquakes arise. The notorious Great Quake of 1906 that destroyed San Francisco, happened along the San Andreas Fault line. Map made by Takaaki Sagawa using TileMill.

The red and blue dots represent where the 2.9-magnitude earthquake 4.7 miles from Palo Alto High School and the 6.0 earthquake near Napa Valley struck, tonight and Aug. 24. respectively. Cracks in the Earth’s crust such as the San Andreas Fault, are prevalent in California and are where most earthquakes arise. The notorious Great Quake of 1906 that destroyed San Francisco, happened along the San Andreas Fault line. Map made by Takaaki Sagawa using TileMill.

The Palo Alto High School community experienced a 2.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred at 8:24 p.m. tonight, based on a report by US Geological Survey.

While not giant in magnitude, the earthquake was felt by local Paly students.

“I was working when I felt the house shaking for a couple of seconds,” senior Bryan Wong said.

Students across town also felt the earthquake.

“I was doing my homework when the windows rattled and the table shook,” Gunn High School junior Arjun Sahdev said. “It caught me by surprise, but I knew what it was immediately. It wasn’t that strong at all but it was pretty weird.”

This earthquake follows the 6.0 earthquake that struck California on the Aug. 24.

According to ABC News, the 6.0 earthquake was the largest California has experienced in 25 years.


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