July 29, 2008

Earthquake!

I'm still swaying. As you've probably heard a 5.8 earthquake just shook Los Angeles, my first one out here. I was on the 7th floor of the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, which is like all glass. It's a large building and it was rocking to and fro. We've been having construction going on so at first we thought it was something they were doing outside, but then the vibrations kept coming in waves and increasing in strength. One person exclaimed "It's an earthquake," and a couple of girls here at work got under their desks.

Being from New York, I didn't know what to do, I just sat in my chair looking up a the swaying light hanging from the ceiling and riding it through. What was especially creepy is that it felt like a really long time and I wasn't sure when it was going to stop.

The sound system alarms went off in the building telling people to remain calm and inside. I felt reassured since I knew one of the architects of this popular building and awhile back he had told me that the building was super safe and in fact where you wanted to be if an earthquake hit. So I stayed inside, trying to ignore the idea of 9/11 and when they had heard a similar message, but that's apples and oranges.

This wasn't my first earthquake actually. When I was a little kid an earthquake happened in Westchester, NY in 1986. It was early morning and I was sleeping but awoke to my brass bed shaking, I thought someone was under it moving it, so I ran into my mom's room and saw her sitting up in her bed, which was also shaking. I then thought it was a tornado and had visions of Dorothy. Then it stopped and we sat and watched cartoons in my mom's room.
I hope the after shocks aren't bad.

11 comments

  1. LOL! Yes, me, too. I was on the mezzanine level of the PDC and it kind of felt like a momma rocking the baby to sleep. Only...more skeery.

    We made it, though. sigh

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  2. glad you made it through your first earthquake okay :)

    my office was shaking too and i almost forgot what to do, but we all made it under our desks, just in time for it to stop, haha.

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  3. Yep, my initial reaction was to get under my desk; then I forgot about my safety as my thoughts shifted to my dogs at home. They must be scared!

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  4. I heard it from you before they had it on the news! Thanks for the inside information.

    April

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  5. Whooohoo...you are a true Californian now! Time to pick up the membership card :). I remember my first earthquake in SF...it was a 4.3, very small compared to what you felt today.

    I'm glad that you and your colleagues shook it out safely.

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  6. I was at the register at B&N bookstore and thought to myself, "Gosh there are alot of wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows in here." We got a good jolt up in the High Desert. I was concerned for the pooches and my lighted village that I keep above the kitchen cabinets, but thankfully no damage.

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  7. I have no idea why, but when I realized there it was an earthquake, I went straight to the wine glass rack so the glasses wouldn't march to their destruction.

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  8. I'm glad you made it through it. Love the look of your blog!

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  9. Being from Jersey, once I started swaying back & forth as I was doing my hair, I thought "ohhh that's pretty cool" and then it hit me that it was an earthquake...just in time for me to step back and have the mirror in my bathroom flip, missing me by not even an inch :/

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  10. Glad you're okay, honey! I've never been through an earthquake, but would probably freak out!

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