May 29, 2013 8:31 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Isla Vista residents react to 4.8 earthquake

A 4.8 earthquake shook the Central Coast Wednesday morning.

The US Geological Survey says the quake hit around 7:30 a.m. three miles west of Isla Vista in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Maria was one of several cities across the Central Coast where people woke up to the quake.

At Fire Station 4 on the southeast side of Santa Maria, the quake prompted fire crews to move all of their trucks outside the building in case the station doors buckled, which has happened in larger quakes.

Nothing like that happened Wednesday, but a lot of people were rattled.

A busy morning at Zizzo's Coffee in Isla Vista came to a halt as the early morning earthquake shook the town.

"It almost felt like the ground moved, so I wasn't sure if it was an earthquake yet, but then the espresso machines started shaking and then the customers started freaking out," said manager Tami Baty.

She says the quake was brief, but powerful.

"I was handing out a coffee and all of a sudden the ground just starts shaking," said Baty.

The 4.8 quake was a violent wake up call for some UC Santa Barbara students.

"It kind of freaked me out. I live in Isla Vista," said Paul Souza, UCSB student.

"It was really scary because I thought my heart was going to come out of my chest because it was beating so fast," said Jessica Hazon, UCSB student.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management says the last big earthquake in this area was a 5.1 in 1978.

So this one, 35 years later, was a shock to many.

"Nothing moved and nothing fell off anything. It just, my bed shook very violently," said Hazon.

The quake may not have lasted long, but it's something these locals expect to be talking about for some time.

"It was a big deal, especially being on the coast," said Souza.

There were also several small aftershocks that happened hours after the first quake.

There have been 20 earthquakes reported this year near Santa Barbara.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage from today's quake.



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