A 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit the South Bay today. The epicenter was in Saratoga, around 9 miles from San Jose City Hall (presumably the old one, not the new one with its miles of potentially-illegal Cisco wiring.) Five hundred people reported feeling something, and there were two mild 1.7 and 2.2 aftershocks. Finally, some payoff for those people who always ominously say "it's earthquake weather" whenever there's more than one unseasonably hot day in one week.

We feel obliged to tell you that you really should have an earthquake preparedness kit (three days of water, a first aid kit, a battery-operated radio, etc.), though it's not like we have one either. Here's some tips on how to survive the next big one too (summary: cripes, don't get in the doorway -- get under a big table instead).