An early morning, 4.4-magnitude earthquake centered in Berkeley, California, rattled the California Bay Area on Thursday morning, jolting residents awake.
The earthquake hit before 3 a.m. local time, said the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake was centered in Berkeley and had a depth of 8 miles.
People as far as San Jose reported feeling the quake.
Local Tom Newton, who lives in Albany, California, told KRON4: “It was a nice jolt. What surprised us was the duration; it seemed to go on a little too long. You know, that feeling when it stops being kind of fun and now you’re worried? We looked around the house and were quite surprised that nothing was knocked off the walls or off shelves and onto floor.”
“My cat was laying across my chest and shaking all of a sudden then I felt a rolling shaking! At first, I thought did my upstairs neighbor fall off the bed! Good early morning!” exclaimed another local.
“I live in Hayward and was woken by what felt like something hitting my house. I thought a car hit my house. I got up and checked outside and there was nothing,” added another, Robert Hilton.
“My house shook with trembler rolling from south to north, two or three sharp jumping jolts towards the west as it rolled directly along the fault line in my area,” another person told KRON4 from Richmond.
The quake set Twitter and social media ablaze with reports.
And now everyone in the Bay is awake again #Earthquake
— Joth Bhullar (@jothb27) January 4, 2018
Earthquake just woke me up here in SF BAY AREA #earthquake
— D May (@durtybeast925) January 4, 2018
— Jackie Ward (@jackie_ward) January 4, 2018
Nothing brings the Bay Area together more than tweeting about an #earthquake in the middle of the night. ?
— Nicklaus Morton (@NicklausMorton) January 4, 2018
The whole bay just woke up #earthquake
— Jay Smith (@JaySmithTech) January 4, 2018
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) January 4, 2018
Boiling water turns to snow