Seriously? If we hadn’t had one last year, I would have never believed it. I’m just glad I lived in Southern Cal for ten years, so I at least knew to stand under a doorway.
Was minding my own business, when I heard a really loud thud, like a huge pile of concrete had been dropped from high above. Then another one. I looked at my stepdaughter and said, “What the…? I think we’re having an earthquake!” Lots of shaking and rattling and photos falling off the shelves. I ran for the nearest doorway and stood under it; my stepdaughter got under the desk, then came over to the doorway. I remember thinking, “This is a long-lasting one.” They said on the news it was only 26 seconds, but it felt longer.
My first earthquake was so much worse. I was staying with my sister in the L.A. area in 1992 and it was my last day there. I was sound asleep and dreaming I was on a ship in a stormy sea. I woke up a little and thought I was still dreaming because the bed was actually rolling, just like the ship. Then I was fully awake and realized the whole room was rolling. But the sound of waves splashing against the ship was real. Turns out, water was splashing out of the swmimming pool and hitting the French doors in my room. This pool was not close to the house either.
My sister called down from their room and asked if I was OK. I said, “Yes…is this what I think it is?” I later joked that they were trying to give me the full California experience on my last day there. My biggest concern was getting back home that day. When I asked my sister and brother-in-law if the airport would be closed, they laughed. Earthquakes are so commonplace out there, nothing stops, unless it’s a really big one like the San Francisco quake in 1989. The one I experienced, the Landers quake, was a 7.3. The D.C. temblor was a 5.9.
Fortunately, there was very little damage in the D.C. area, and no serious injuries. The National Cathedral has a few cracks and a couple of finials tumbled to the ground. According to one expert, the D.C. quake was less serious because “our rocks are older, colder and harder.” Good thing, because buildings on the East Coast have not been retrofitted for earthquakes.
Someone with a sense of humor posted this photo of the “devastation in the D.C. area”:
On another front, some good news: another one of my photos was selected to appear on a travel website called schmap.com. It’s one I shot with my iPhone while at the Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town San Diego….
Stay safe, everyone….