Jessica C. July 6, 2019
Professional streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek was live on camera during the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that ripped through southern California Friday night.
In a Twitch clip captured by a viewer, Shroud is seen getting ready to enter an Apex Legends match when his desk and equipment begin shaking. “Yep, we’re getting the earthquake,” he says as the trembles begin.
His teammates chimed in, stating they could feel it as well. Shroud switches to a full screen camera from there and gives viewers a good look at how serious it was. The camera shakes slightly at the beginning of the clip but things get progressively worse as time goes on, with his monitor and microphone bobbing up and down. The prolonged rumbles visibly distress Shroud who begins asking what he should do.
One of his teammates eventually shouts “play through it!” Shroud obliges and gets back into action before things settle.
The earthquake that rocked Ridgecrest, California is the biggest earthquake in the area in 20 years. Worse, it occurred while the city was still recovering from a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that happened a few days earlier on July 4. Residents more than 100 miles away from the epicenter of the quake felt their homes tremble while others as far as Mexico and Las Vegas reported they could feel its effects.
There are an endless number of videos circulating on social media but viewers of Shroud’s stream got a special view of the disaster. Though Shroud was fine, seeing his entire streaming setup shaking uncontrollably was a jarring moment for those that have never experienced an earthquake themselves.
So far no deaths have been occurred due to the quakes but many in the Ridgecrest area have reported injuries, fires, and gas leaks. Unfortunately, seismologists are predicting that more tremors are inbound.