SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.1 struck Tuesday morning in Santa Clara County.

The quake shook an area near Alum Rock at 4:51 a.m. and had a depth of 5.5 miles, according to the USGS.

Its epicenter was about 5 miles east of Alum Rock and 9 miles northeast of San Jose City Hall.

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  1. Tours Martel says:

    Now that we are all awake, perhaps people should consider their earthquake preparedness plans. Does yours include options for your family’s security? Just as in Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the police will not be able to protect everyone all the time.

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