Earthquake! Stop. Drop. And roll.

On the first day of class (Wednesday, January 6) for Hancock International College students, a magnitude-4.4 earthquake struck Southern California early morning at 6:42 a.m.

The tremor occurred about 2 miles north of Banning, a city in Riverside County 55 miles east of Irvine.

No damages or injuries were reported to the City of Riverside Fire Department. And no Hancock students are known to have been affected either.

Individuals from Orange County report “single jolt, no damage”, “several seconds long – rumbling sound – my bed shook”, and “bed shaking and items in bedroom rattling.”

People in areas as south as San Diego still claim to have felt the quake.

In any case, here are some safety tips for what to do if you feel shaking beginning for an earthquake:

  • Take cover under a desk or table.

  • Stay indoors until it is safe to exit after the shaking has stopped.

  • Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can drop on top of you.

  • Expect fire alarms and sprinklers to go off in a high-rise building like the University Tower.

  • If in bed, hold on and protect your head with a pillow.

  • If outdoors, drop to the ground in a clear area away from buildings, trees, and power lines.

  • If in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

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