January 1994, Hollywood Building Damaged by Northridge Earthquake,
Photo by Cary Moore
We were rudely awoken this morning at 4:04 a.m. by a 4.4 earthquake centered east of Los Angeles in Pico Rivera. You can read a bit about it here and here.
We were asleep in the new portion of our home, built on a solid block of thick concrete. I didn't FEEL the quake as much as I HEARD it. In the older portion of our house I heard dishes shake and Venetian blinds rattle. I'm a fairly light sleeper, so these types of sounds wake me up. Of course I couldn't get back to sleep after that. I tossed and turned for a couple of hours and then finally got out of bed.
A policeman examines cars covered with debris from damaged brick buildings fallen during the March 10, 1933 earthquake in Long Beach, LAPL Archives
This is an excellent time to check your earthquake supplies. We have been hard-hit in Los Angeles. I've lived through several earthquakes. We're never ready. You really can't predict earthquakes exept that they will eventually happen. Argh! I still love my City and would never leave.
The change to daylight savings time, the early morning earthquake...all of this has made me quite cranky today. Steer clear!
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