Magnitude 5.6 Quake Near San Jose; No Injuries or Serious Damage

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - No injuries or serious damage have been reported after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake jolted a wide region of the Bay Area last night.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit about nine miles northeast of San Jose a little after 8:00. It was centered on the Calaveras fault, one of the lesser known of eight major faults in the region.

The quake was the strongest to hit the Bay Area since October 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit. That quake caused 62 deaths and nearly six billion dollars in damage.

The shaking from last night's quake was felt as far away as Santa Rosa, Sacramento and Monterey.

The intensity of the shaking sent many residents diving under tables and items falling off shelves.

Pictures fell off the walls of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's house, but the mayor says there was no major damage there.

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