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Small Earthquake Struck but Only the Camera Noticed

posted May 15, 2018, 7:19 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Samantha Dingus

    People who have spent a lot of time in California tend to build a tolerance for earthquakes. On Monday night, during the first inning of the Reds-Giants game at AT&T Park, a small earthquake occurred causing the cameras perched high atop the stadium to sway a little bit. MLB: Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants

    The small earthquake wasn’t noticed by Giants’ broadcasting crew or the team, at least that’s what they thought. Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, didn’t even step out of the batter’s box when the earthquake occurred. After the game was over, Votto jokingly said the earthquake was the reason he was taken out of the game for lower back pain.

    "I was feeling pretty good and then that earthquake hit and all of a sudden everything got thrown off right around 7:18 p.m. in the middle of my first at-bat," Votto said.

    The earthquake was measured at a magnitude of 3.5. As Votto was up to bat with two outs in the top of the first inning, the NBC Sports Bay Area camera shook for about three seconds.

    The earthquake hit at 7:18 p.m. and all the trains in the area were stopped and checked for any damage. However, it didn’t stop the ball game from continuing, but fans at the park definitely felt the quake.

    “It's been 29 years since a major earthquake struck the Bay Area right before the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Giants and Oakland Athletics. That earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.9, caused major damage in San Francisco and Oakland, and forced the postponement of Game 3,” according to USA Today.

Edited: DT

Uploaded: 5/15/18