Ed Driscoll

4.1 Earthquake Hits San Jose Area

Happy rockin’ new year!

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.1 shook the South Bay this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake, which was recorded at 10:09 a.m., was centered six miles east/northeast of Milpitas and 11 miles north/northeast of San Jose City Hall, according to the USGS Web site.

The last magnitude 4 quake in the South Bay was March 30, 2009, when a 4.3 temblor struck just south of San Jose.

The last major earthquake in the Bay Area was the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake — a magnitude 6.9 quake that struck on Oct. 17, 1989, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It killed 62 people and caused $6 billion in damages.

Sitting in my Bay Area home, today’s quake felt briefly like a plane hitting a big pocket of turbulence. Fortunately, power and Internet stayed up, which is why I’m able to post this.