Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3012 posts, RR: 5 Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2543 times:
Well I am already tired of these stories being blabbed round, here on the 20th annimaversary of Loma Prieta.
My first earthquake was the Joshua Tree quake, April 22 1992 at 9:51pm in Los Angeles. I had been sparring with my next-apartment-neighbor over their loud music and I would pound on the common wall to let them know I was pissed. They'd only just pound back; the childish inconsiderate turds.
Then that Wednesday night, there was a pounding-type sound or sensation, seemingly coming from the common wall. I was in the kitchen at the time, and I wondered how he had graduated from pounding on the wall, to making the whole blamed wall rock. Then I wondered how he was causing my other walls to rock, and for that matter, how the heck is he rattling the burners of my stove?
Only after it was all over did I realize it was an earthquake!! (For you see, I hadn't experienced an earthquake before.)
I turned on the radio and the traffic announcer said, "Quite a shaker we just had there." It was real close to the top of the hour, so I listened to the CBS Radio news headlines on KNX; in the third or fourth minute the guy said, "Reports just coming in of an earthquake felt all the way from San Diego to Los Angeles. This is CBS News. [commercial break]."
Luckily there was a front page article in the next day's Los Angeles Times that told me all the details.
Exactly one week later, 4/29/92, the LA riots broke out - in my neighborhood. I started to think Wednesday night must be "Calamity Night" in L.A....
Californians and other fault-line dwellers: Share your memories of your first earthquake experience!!
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2534 times:
A place I never expected to experience an earthquake: San Juan, Puerto Rico. March 2009.
We had rented a condo on the 18th floor & a few minutes after 10pm, I went to sit down on the couch on the rental. As I plopped down on the couch, I felt what I thought was movement, though disregarded it initially, as I thought I was just temporarily dizzy from turning around & sitting down so quickly. I then felt the couch move & noticed that the TV I was watching seemed to wobble. I asked my mom (who was on the trip with me) "Did you feel that?", to which she said she did. A short tremor and randomly wobbling lampshade just after that confirmed what we thought we felt.
Fearing aftershocks or a bigger quake, we grabbed cell phones, wallets & a few valuables & went down 18 flights of stairs to the lobby. We asked the security guard if he felt anything, which seemed to confuse him, as he said he felt nothing. After about 20 minutes, we went back up to the condo & got on the internet. Sure enough, it was initially reported as a 4.3 by the USGS, but a few hours later, was listed as a 5.0 with the epicenter about 45 miles away from SJU.
We talked to friends who stayed on the 2nd floor of another building who said that they never felt anything. Taking that & the guard's account into account, we figured we only noticed because we were up so high.
San747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4995 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2522 times:
I slept through the Northridge Earthquake on 1/17/1994 as a mere child of 5 1/2. From what I'm told, my stepdad grabbed me out of my room in the middle of the night while I was still asleep and brought me to safety, then once we were cleared to enter our apartment again, he put me back to bed.
When I woke up, the first thing I remember seeing was my bookcase broken with books all over the floor, and then seeing huge cracks in our wall in several places. Pretty wild stuff.
Vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 11117 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2508 times:
First one I experienced was a relatively minor 4.2 earthquake sophomore year of college (in 2001).
I had come out to CA the previous year for college, so hadn't experienced an earthquake before that (in MA).
I was sitting at my desk in my apartment, when I heard a distant rumbling that grew in volume. I thought it was an airplane, then I thought it was a truck, then stuff started to shake. My desk looked out of the window in my room, across an alley at another building. One of the lasting images of that quake was seeing the building across the alley shaking relative to our building. When you've never seen that before, it is the most unnatural thing in the world. The other lasting image was seeing my 17" CRT monitor shaking back and forth on its stand on my desk....I thought it was going to fall off.
The whole quake probably lasted under 10 seconds...There were only a few large waves, and then it drifted away. It did feel quite big, though, because USC was less than 10 miles from the epicenter (Beverly Hills, I think). My adrenaline was pumping for the next 45 minutes or so....Was one of the craziest experiences of my life.
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Homer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2259 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2508 times:
For me, it was Guam (Andersen AFB) in '82 of '83 when I was 10 or 11. I remember it felt like the floor was rumbling for a few seconds, then the house shook. A couple pieces of china in the cabinet fell and that was about it.
I think my dad said the next day it registered as a 4.0 or something like that...
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22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2492 times:
My first memorable earthquake experience was in San Jose, Costa Rica in November 2004. We were visiting as tourists. We had just arrived from the US late that night and staying at the Hampton Inn at the airport that first night. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling strong vibrations and rumbling sounds. I groggily thought it must be a 747 or some sort of large jet taking off, that's shaking everything. But I felt something different was happening. When I completely awoke, I realized this was an earthquake. It continued for a while and I distinctly remember the sensation of real fear taking over because my wife and daughter were sleeping in the room and there was nothing I could do if the walls or ceiling came down. It subsided in a few seconds and then I could hear a lot of doors slamming as people were probably leaving the building. I called the front desk and they said not to panic. Needless to say, we could not go back to sleep for a while after that. I just found a link to the details of that quake: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/eqinthenews/2004/usrban/
I didnt realize until now that it was a 6.4!!
Quite a first memory of Costa Rica. The rest of the trip went smoothly and left us with a lot more pleasant memories.
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Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
I experienced one light earthquake on the Greek island of Zakynthos in the summer of 1994. I sat in a beach bar with two friends and we had lunch, suddenly I felt something strange, I thought to myself something like: "Either you had too many beers yesterday night or the beer you're currently drinking is too much in combination with all the beers you had yesterday night". A second later one of my friends said something like: "My chair is broken, I shake around in it even when I do not move". Another second later the waiter of the bar shouted: "Earthquake guys! Do you feel it?". Then we all realized it. It felt pretty strange.
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6307 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
I remember a small earthquake in St. Louis, Missouri in 1991. Not much happened, I don't even remember what magnitude it was. All it did at my house was knock the phone off the hook.
Back in 2007 I slept through a 4. something earthquake in San Francisco. I actually woke up right after it ended and I thought It was a garbage truck or something. I fell right back to sleep. I didn't know there was an earthquake until I listened to the radio in the morning. I was at Superfly's house and he said it woke him up and he knew what it was. My dad thought it was funny that I slept through an earthquake. He slept through a rocket attack in Vietnam in 1971.
PSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3117 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
The Sylmar quake of 1971 was my first memory of a bad shaker.San Gabriel Valley city of Monterey Park house is where I was when it hit.Like most,I was sleeping and got the rude awakening around six am and ran and got in between the door posts.
The quake was 6.4.
SOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 4085 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2470 times:
I have three experiences with Earthquakes
1969 or 70 in Cairo was in school and it shaked for few seconds.
2004 Tokyo was at the Hyatt resting just arrived and felt it. Went out the room to inform my son in second room and saw that big hanging chandelier swinging.
Last one was in LA it was the strongest. I was also the first to report it on A. net California Earthquake (by SOBHI51 Jul 29 2008 in Non Aviation)?threadid=1949702&searchid=1950000&s=earthquake+LA#ID1950000
[Edited 2009-10-15 13:32:45]
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Alias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
The only earthquakes I've felt were the Big Bear Landers quakes of June 28, 1992. I was staying with some relatives in California City, CA when they hit. The Landers earthquake struck about 5:00 am and was a 7.3 magnitude. Thankfully it was far enough away to not cause any more damage than throwing potted plants off of counter tops and onto the floor. Just a few hours later the Big Bear earthquake hit with a 6.5 magnitude and threw my breakfast onto the floor.
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Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3012 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2441 times:
Yep I was there for Landers & Big Bear as well!!
Landers woke me up when it struck in the 5am hour. I was living near UCLA in a student-infested apartment building and thought at first that the punks upstairs were just partying too hard!! Then I noticed the whole building was rocking, and not just back and forth; but very noticeably UP and DOWN as well. That was terrifying. In fact the moments when the Landers earthquake was happening remain to this day the only moments in my life when I was fairly confident that I was about to die.
Yep, that was a big quake. It struck in Southern California but threw water out of swimming pools in Boise, Idaho. Also knocked some bricks out of a chimney, causing the death of a three-year-old boy
The twerps on CNN kept saying that the shaking during the Big Bear quake was even worse than during Landers. Biggest load of crappicus I've _ever_ heard from so-called "tv journalists." Nothing comes close to what Landers felt like.
RussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7771 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2435 times:
Lying down trying to sleep having just come back drunk at 0500 in a friend's tiny ground floor apartment in Tokyo, I noticed things in the kitchen rattling as though a heavy train was going past, gathering in pace. It was only when the shaking turned into the whole apartment swaying from side to side did I twig what was going on. That was a weird sensation.
I then, despite being still drunk, couldn't fall asleep as I for some reason thought there would be more to follow. Bah.
Nothing massive, but interesting to get an idea of what it's like.
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Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 12606 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2419 times:
Quoting Airstud (Thread starter): Well I am already tired of these stories being blabbed round, here on the 20th annimaversary of Loma Prieta.
You, too, huh? Living in Oregon for so long, I always got sick of hearing about Mt. St. Helens and the Columbus Day storm of 1965.
The first earthquake I kinda remember was in Portland in the early morning hours of May 18, 1980. All I remember was my mom standing in the doorway of the bedroom trying to yell my brother and I out of bed. Didn't work.
The first one, after that, was the Rattle In Seattle on Feb 28, 2001. At first, I could hear it and thought it was the garbage truck. But, when everything started shaking terribly, I knew what it was. My partner, at the time, would not let me stand in the door with him. He was terrified. So, I stood in the closet door until it was over. Then, went to get some cereal, since I didn't know when the electricity would come back on. I didn't want spoiled milk with my cereal! To make matters worse, John (my ex) would not go back in the apartment for about an hour because he feared the building would collapse. One door did not close right after the quake, but, other than that, everything was fine.
FlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 640 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
The first quake I remember was the '89 San Francisco earthquake. I was sitting on my swing set with my older brother in Northridge, and all of a sudden it started to shake a little bit. We also noticed waves formed in the pool. We both ran inside and grabbed my dad to turn the TV on. We waited a few minutes and then reports came in, along with live images. It was pretty crazy. I missed the '94 Northridge earthquake because I was living in Germany for a year with my family, but our stay was cut short because of the earthquake. My dad flew home the next day, where an RTL news crew happened to be on the same Lufthansa flight. The crew came back to our house with my dad to interview him and see the damage. An RTL film crew also came to my aunt's house in Bonn where we were staying to interview my mom, my brother, and myself. It was crazy to turn the TV on and see a street near our neighborhood with water running down it and flames on top of the water. A few weeks later we returned home, after my dad cleaned up the house a little bit. We did experience some aftershocks, though.
Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 9): Last one was in LA it was the strongest. I was also the first to report it on A. net
I felt that one, too. There was also a quake back in the summer of 2007 somewhere in Chatsworth, but even though it wasn't that big of a magnitude, I was lying on the side of my bed and was tossed out of bed.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11966 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2402 times:
I'd just finished a good red wine in the early hours of the morning and was sat surfing this very site to relax before bed, when things in my room began vibrating. Wasn't swaying, just the sensation that they were moving, then that the floor was actually moving too, along with the house - although I thought 'this is England, it can't be an Earthquake' - but it was. My housemates all slept straight through it.
I believe before things had even stoped shaking I'd posted a thread here on A.net about it, because I was sure it couldn't have actually been a quake, but also quite sure that it wasn't the wine. I guess that makes me a bit sad though
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SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1683 posts, RR: 27
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2390 times:
My first quake was the one that hit San Francisco in the fall of 2007. It was only a few months after I moved out here in July 2007.
It was a Tuesday evening in October (or was it November) 2007. I was at a Bible study on the 4th floor of First Baptist Church of San Francisco (on Octavia & Waller streets, a big building).
I felt the floor "rolling" under my feet for a few seconds. So did everyone else in the room. At first, I did not think of an earthquake, but I realized it quickly when the others commented on it.
I commented that it was my first earthquake! It was later reported to be around 5 magnitude, centered near San Jose.
That was my initiation into San Francisco!
Since then, I have felt other small quakes, whilst in my lab at San Francisco General Hospital; I often feel a slight tremor from the floor, and the chemicals in the jars on my lab bench get a little swirly...
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CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2383 times:
My one and only earthquake experience came in the earthquake hotspot of Hamilton, NY on April 20, 2002. I woke up around 5am to the strange sensation of the bed vibrating, and realized the door was rattling, and the stuff on my desk was vibrating as well. I remember thinking "I wonder if this was an earthquake", and rolled over and went back to sleep. Later that morning, after getting up, I checked the news and discovered we'd had a 4.-something magnitude quake. About half of my housemates had felt it, and one guy who didn't was so disappointed he tried to figure out how to do an "Earthquake Dance" to bring on another one so he could feel an earthquake too. It didn't work.
I was staying in a place called Mia Liau where they were building a large refinery / chemical plant on a piece of reclaimed land.
I came home from my favourite bar and about half an hour later felt the room moving and thought it was probably from the beer I had that night, but a few seconds later it really started shaking and I heard the excited voices of my neighbours outside.
My first look when I went outside was in the direction of the plant to see if it had blown up, but nothing unusual there.
Had no internet and telephone connections for a good week and the company and my parents started getting a bit worried when I could finally contact them.
Moved to Hong Kong about a month later and no quakes here,
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 74
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2351 times:
1987 Whittier / Narrows earthquake.
I was in 9th. grade in jazz band practice that morning.
The room started shaking violently and a few florescent lights fell from the ceiling and I never forget the scared look on my band teachers face.
Everyone in the class ran out the room in to the parking lot.
I accidentally stepped on a saxophone and it stuck to my shoes as I ran out.
The aftershocks were very scary as well.
I thought that was in the morning. I remember eating pancakes in the morning during the Joshua Tree earthquake.
Quoting San747 (Reply 2): I slept through the Northridge Earthquake on 1/17/1994
I was living in Northridge when that happened. I spelt through it becuase I was $h!tface drunk and passed out hours before the earthquake.
When I woke up that morning, I thought someone came in an sabotaged my room.
Maverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2324 times:
My first (and so far only) time feeling a natural* earthquake was in San Diego, in 2003. I was on a JROTC field trip, and we were having breakfast at MCRD when I noticed the salt shaker in front of me fell over, and I felt a weird "rocking" sensation. I guess there was a 5.something quake just over the border in Mexico.
*I feel the ground shake everytime a fully loaded 747 applies takeoff thrust 300 meters away.
I was driving on the 134 freeway near Burbank and didn't feel a thing. I was listening to KNX news radio and the anchorman began stuttering and then announced "were having an earthquake". I was on my way to pick up three German visitors at the Burbank Airport Hyatt. They were on the 8th floor and got pretty shook up, so to speak. One of them was so rattled, he chain smoked an entire pack of cigarettes in about an hour.
I've got you all beat on earliest memory. It was around 1961 and I lived in Whittier. I was walking up the driveway at my babysitters house after Kindergarten and had the same feeling as quoted below:
I fell down and almost immediately my babysitter came running out of the house hysterically. I thought it was because she saw me fall down and couldn't understand why she was so upset as I was not hurt. It wasn't until I was older that I finally understood what had happened.