Freeway overpass + earthquake = alarming experience!
Tonight just after 8pm there was a 5.6 earthquake, and it occured while I was driving home. On a very high, very long, curvy freeway cloverleaf type junction ramp, going from I-280 to Hwy 101 in South SanJose, going south. Right here.
I’m zooming along, probably faster than I should’ve been going, around 80 MPH, when all of a sudden the car jumps, as if I hit a huge dip in the road – the back wheels lost traction for a moment and, since I was going around a curving incline, the car jerked back and forth. Then it felt as if there was a really, REALLY strong wind, but then I realized the whole overpass was swaying. What a weird feeling. Scary. This overpass thing is really high, like, I think as high as a 10-story building. It’s got a great view of the mountains to the east and the end of the valley (with the freeway running though it of course). I thank the engineers who made it, cause I’m still here to tell about it. The whole thing only lasted a few seconds. I figured it was an earthquake when I saw several cars pull off the road at the base of the ramp. So it wasn’t just me….
Later, closer to home, I saw worker types inspecting a small bridge over Hwy 1. When I got home and checked the USGS site, I found that the epicenter was about 7.5 miles away, right in the hills to the east and north.