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OMG We just had a huge Earthquake.

post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 
I'm still shaking. It was a HUGE jolt. WOW I don't know what it was on the scale, but I'll bet it was at LEAST a 5.
post #2 of 43
Thread Starter 
I just heard on the news that it was a 5.8, which is pretty big. They said it was felt as far south as San Diego and as far east as Las Vegas.
post #3 of 43
OMG! I can't imagine the earth moving beneath my feet! I'd be on the next plane out of there. Give me snow and cold any day!
post #4 of 43
Golly!!!! I'm glad it happened after I left LA... It was about 20 miles from where I was staying!

I assume you and the kitties are ok Hope?

Here's some info - http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/Quakes/ci14383980.html

post #5 of 43
Thread Starter 
It felt almost violent the way it jerked so hard. It center was 29 miles from downtown LA. I live in the Hollywood area, so I'm a little bit farther from where the center of the quake was set. But there hasn't been anything like this since the Big Northridge quake years ago. I am calming down a bit, but I'm still shakey.

The kitty's and I are fine. It sure mellowed out Simba.
post #6 of 43
Wow how scary!! Any damage done to your place??
post #7 of 43
That's good, it must really scare the kitties!
post #8 of 43
I just saw a report on the news. Scary, hope you are all ok Hope!
post #9 of 43
Wow! Won't be too much longer and LA will be a suburb of San Fran! Glad you are OK!!!!!
post #10 of 43
Wow! How scary! I'm so glad you and the cats are okay!
post #11 of 43
very scary - everyone ok?
post #12 of 43
The biggest earthquake I've been in was a 6.4 one, although the centre of it was around 50 miles away from where I was. I'd been in multiple smaller earthquakes before then though so it wasn't too scary although it was plenty unsettling, especially qhen the smaller aftershock earthquakes just kept coming.

I'm glad to have been through it though, it's an interesting experience.

Good to hear though that you're ok. It really depends on where you are in the world how dangerous earthquakes are.
post #13 of 43
Woo Hoo! Well that was fun!

I am about 30-40 miles SW of Chino Hills where it was centered.

I was sitting at my computer and felt the swaying for about 10 seconds and then BOOM the heavy shaking started and all the cats went running in every direction. The shaking lasted about 10 seconds and was pretty strong and then the swaying began again and lasted anther 10-15 seconds.
Damage reports are starting to come in now - water main breaks, roadway damage, runway damage at airports - hope everyone is ok. No damage here but it sure got my heart going!

It wasn't THAT bad but it was certainly the biggest since Northridge I think. The thing with Northridge tho is that it kept going and going. At least this one was shorter.
post #14 of 43
I'm so glad that you and the kitties are ok! I hope no one else was hurt.
post #15 of 43
I am home sick today and was laying in bed half asleep. I felt a gentle swaying like I was in a boat. DH got up a half hour later and turned on the TV. They were talking about the quake. Hope everything is ok down there!
post #16 of 43
Thread Starter 
So far there are no reports of injuries. So, I don't think anyone was hurt. It will take a while before they get all of the damage reports.

No it wasn't anywhere near as bad as Northridge, but it was the worst one I've felt since that one. Also with Northridge, there was non stop aftershocks, that were almost as bad as the original quake. My kitty's took off running to their little cubbyholes, and Simba who is usually so active has been quiet since the quake.

There as a lot of aftershocks after this quake as well, but we aren't feeling them, here in Los Angeles. I would imagine the people in Chino Hills are feeling the aftershocks. Anyway that big jolt was really scarey. When you don't have quakes for several years, you get sort of unused to them, if you know what I mean.

I just heard on the news they lowered the magnitude of the quake from 5.8 to 5.4.
post #17 of 43
I'd pass out from fear! Hope this finds all you California folks healthy and happy, if a little "shook up".
post #18 of 43
I remember the Northridge quake. We had a kingsize waterbed and the waves woke us up. We didn't know how bad it was until we woke up.
post #19 of 43
To me, the scarey thing about earthquakes is when it happens you don't know where the epicenter is so you are not sure "how bad" it really is. For example, if the earthquake today had been centered where I live, it would not have been that big. But say it had been centered in San Francisco (400 miles away), then it would have been reallly bad. So that is what always goes through my mind during a quake, until I can get online or turn the TV on to see where the epicenter was.
post #20 of 43
I'm glad to hear there are no reports of injuries. They're scary. We get them in the area where I live, but usually nothing higher than around 5.0.

Did any of your cats seem to sense it coming, Hope?
post #21 of 43
I might have felt it, but I would have written off as a big truck going by.
post #22 of 43
I'm really close to Chino Hills too - neither of my animals jumped till I felt it (usually the dog knows way in advance) I think it's because it was such a booming jolt. Stuff fell off of shelves, but nothing too bad. Out here, we lost cell phone service till about 10 minutes ago. Did that happen to you too, Hope & techie?
post #23 of 43
Hope, i'm so glad you and everyone else is ok right now I would have been a total basket case!!!
post #24 of 43
I was in the middle of a mid-morning nap (opps!) and it woke me up. Honestly, I thought it was my cats scratching the bottom of my bed, but it wasn't quite right. When I finally did figure it out and wake up, I slowly walked to the doorway, but I think it was over by that point. My cats were quite discombobulated.

Artemis was calm by 5 minutes later, but Athena took at least 20 minutes to settle down.

I know of some comparative metabolic data on animals during earthquakes; someone I work with had a Tuna in a swim tunnel during a very small earthquake, and it was perturbed, but only after the earthquake, not before.

There is a published paper "Shaken, not stirred: a serendipitous study of ants and earthquakes" by John Lighton and Frances Duncan published in The Journal of Experimental Biology volume 208 p. 3101-3107 in 2005. Some physiologists where measuring the metabolic rates of ants doing regular behavior in the wild, and they happened to get a 7.4 mag earthquake. The ants did not predict it, and in fact did not appear to react to it. Many animals do react to earthquakes; I did, a tuna did, and my cats did, but there is no evidence that they can predict earthquakes.
post #25 of 43
Thread Starter 
My cats didn't seem agitated at all before the quake. They were all laying beside me, just sleeping and relaxing. When the quake hit- they all took off running. Simba seems to be the cat most shook up b the quake. He is still in his box of comfort. The other cats are back to normal.

I don't have a cell phone, but they said on TV that cell phone service went down. I know regular phone service wasn't affected by me anyway.
post #26 of 43
Oo! Glad everyone is ok! I don't know that I want to experience a real earthquake. I've felt tremmors before, but nothing more thankfully! I'll stay on my relatively quiet side of the country! (when it comes to earthquakes anyway!)
post #27 of 43
Glad to see that are TCS members in the area (and their kitties!) are okay!
post #28 of 43
Glad that all are okay. I will never, ever forget my one WA state earthquake experience - cats didn't seem to have a clue, and neither did I until after the 3 loud booms I heard, my house began to slid back and forth on it's slab (no basement) and the walls to bow out!
post #29 of 43
Originally Posted by HopeHacker View Post
The kitty's and I are fine. It sure mellowed out Simba.
OMG!.......Thanks to God are you fine....
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For you and the kittys...
post #30 of 43
What an awful experience!! So glad everyone is OK!!!!
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