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While in San Francisco, an Oklahoma City Community College student experiences 6.0 earthquake

Early Sunday, Talbot Cox woke up to shaking and swaying in his 20th-floor hotel room in downtown San Francisco.
by Kyle Schwab Published: August 25, 2014

— About 3:20 a.m. Sunday, Talbot Cox awoke to an intense shaking and swaying in his 20th-floor hotel room in downtown San Francisco.

When he came to his senses, he realized what was happening: a magnitude of earthquake he had never felt before.

“I always wake up to the earthquakes in Oklahoma,” said Cox, 21, an Oklahoma City Community College student. “My family usually sleeps through them.”

This time, that wasn’t the case. His siblings and parents all woke up to the hotel’s violent vibrations.

“It literally felt like someone was at the end of my bed just rocking it with their foot,” Cox said. “I’ve never felt that hard of an impact. You could hear all the boards in the hotel kind of cracking a little bit.”

Cox got a little more than he bargained for on this trip to visit his brother, who attends a computer school in San Francisco. He said for about 45 seconds the building rocked back and forth.

When the building settled, the family members immediately checked social media to confirm what they felt.

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by Kyle Schwab
Kyle Schwab has been a reporter for The Oklahoman newspaper since 2013. He currently covers Oklahoma City courts. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a major in journalism. He lives in Edmond.
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