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Moderate earthquake rocks Bay area

Little damage reported following 5.6 temblor near San Jose.

SAN JOSE, Calif. | October 31, 2007

Little damage has been reported following a moderate earthquake Tuesday night that struck northeast of San Jose.

The magnitude 5.6 temblor is one of the larger quakes to hit the San Francisco Bay area since the major Loma Prieta quake of 1989 which measured a magnitude 6.9. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake hit at 8:04 p.m. (PDT) and was centered five miles north-northeast of Alum Rock.

The quake was felt over a wide area. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains were stopped for several minutes following the quake but officials said that was standard procedure following an earthquake that impacts the region. Fire officials in San Jose said they received dozens of calls for broken water and gas lines and cracks in walls, but no major damage was reported.

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