'Short but not sweet' earthquake, magnitude 2.8, shakes East Oakland

A magnitude 2.8 earthquake, that was “short, but not sweet,” as one Oakland resident described it in a tweet, briefly shook the Dimond District in East Oakland at 10:41 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Exactly six months ago, on September 8, 2018, an earthquake of the same magnitude hit the same part of The Town.

“Earthquake! Short but not sweet. #Oakland #Glenview,” wrote Twitter user @solete right after the earthquake struck.

Another Twitter user, @shinsouffle, wasn’t particularly impressed. “That was a cute little lil’ baby earthquake,” they wrote.

“Earthquake Twitter engage! #Oakland,” commanded @moonandserpent. And Oakland’s Earthquake Twitter, answered the call.

“ON GOD the Bay Area better stop shaking bro, I’m not playing,” demanded @itsyadestinee. “We keep getting earthquakes.”

Although it was a quick jolt, Twitter user @JHOBIS was thrown into a tizzy. “I JUSY PEED MYSELF THERE WSS A MINI ESRTHQUALELE,” they wrote, before talking about their “extreme paranoia” when earthquakes and aftershocks hit.

Earthquake Twitter has become quite the geological media event in the Bay Area, with Roman Mars, host of the podcast 99% Invisible, coining the term after a 4.5 magnitude quake in early morning of Jan. 8, 2018. That earthquake was centered in Berkeley.

“It’s not an earthquake ’til I check Twitter to see people tweeting about it,” wrote @horangitaes about this latest quake to hit the East Bay.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Earthquake-magnitude-2-8-Oakland-Dimond-District-13675473.php.

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