Photo by United States Geological Survey.

By: Bailey Keck

A minor earthquake rolled through the Bay Area on December 4, 2017 at 2:39 am, waking residents from their sleep to shaking household objects. Although only a 4.4 on the Richter scale, the standard unit of measure for defining the magnitude of an earthquake, it still managed to make people lunge forwards in their chairs and stumble to the ground.

The epicenter of the quake formed 1.9 miles from Berkeley, along the Hayward fault line, causing residents of the college town to experience the more violent motions. Luckily, despite California’s notorious earthquake history, no one was killed and little damage was done to buildings.

The earthquake serves as a reminder that California is earthquake country, and at any second, countless houses, shops, hotels, and places of business could be shaken to the point of collapse and topple to the ground.

A junior who wished to remain anonymous commented, “I was in my room, laying down listening to Phineas and Ferb music and then suddenly I felt the room shake, and I felt myself lunge forward. I thought to myself, what the hell, and then I realized it was an earthquake.”

Michelle Lee, a junior, had a relatively simplistic experience. She was taking AP physchology notes at 2:39 am when the earthquake hit.

“I just sat there and continued my notes.” When asked what she thought about the matter, Lee Replied, “ I thought oh an earthquake.”

Although most people described the earthquake as boring or dull, some people have a more dramatic story to tell. Sophomore Gabriel Contreras was on the bottom of his bunk bed when the quake hit.

“I thought I was going to die” said Contreras. “The ground just started shaking, and it went on for a good 15 seconds.” Although nothing actually broke in his house, Contreras’s figurines managed to find their way to the ground.

The earthquake is a big wake up call to Northern Californians, and many reports cover the steps to take during an earthquake, rather than the damages of the quake itself.

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