A deadly earthquake shook the state on Saturday and left at at least 17 people dead and dozens injured, including a man whose body was discovered in a flooded parking lot.
The earthquake struck at about 5:45 p.m. in San Jose and was centered about 300 miles northwest of Sacramento.
About a dozen people were injured in the quake, said Sacramento County Fire Department spokesman Mark Wiegand.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was about 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of downtown Sacramento.
“The first report of a quake was coming in at 5:15 p.M. from a building that had just been hit by an earthquake,” Wiegall said.
“People started coming out and trying to get in the area.
Then they heard another quake.
The second one came and they started coming back out.”
The second quake was centered 2 miles (3 kilometers) west of the first, Wiegold said.
It was followed by a second quake, which was centered 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of the second.
About 30 seconds later, another large earthquake occurred, causing a firestorm of fire in nearby neighborhoods, authorities said.
The San Jose Fire Department tweeted that it was assisting in the investigation.
The quake was felt in California as far away as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, and it was felt as far south as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“Our hearts are broken.
This is an unthinkable loss,” California Gov.
Gavin Newsom tweeted.
“We will get to the bottom of this tragedy.”
Census Bureau said there were 10,851 people killed in the San Jose earthquake, which struck at a depth of 6.8 miles (10 kilometers), a depth that is about two-thirds of the distance between San Francisco and Seattle.
About 4,200 people were seriously injured, and more than 6,300 were displaced.
The city of San Jose was evacuated after the quake.
It is not known whether any of the injured have been formally identified.
The Bureau of Land Management says it is monitoring the area closely for seismic activity.
“A major earthquake is a potential indicator of seismic activity in the region,” the agency said in a statement.
“In addition, a major earthquake that may have caused widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure would indicate a potential hazard to people and the public.”
The agency said the San Francisco Earthquake Safety Commission will be working with state officials to assess the damage.
The National Weather Service issued a tsunami watch for the San Luis Obispo County area and a tsunami warning for parts of southern California.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.