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Friday, January 17, 2014

Earthquake! [Blogging Every Day #17]

I saved the actual calendar page from the 1994 earthquake...notice
the unintentionally ironic comic strip...
[17] Twenty years ago today, the earth shook here in the Los Angeles area, when were hit with a 6.8 earthquake, causing billions of dollars in damage and killing several dozen people.  It hit early in the morning - before sunrise, in fact - and shook the world with the force of a jackhammer.  Freeway overpasses collapsed, communication was disrupted and the world was at a standstill.

And, that wasn't even the "Big One!"

We don't worry much about the weather here. While almost the entire country was freezing a few weeks back, temperatures here stayed in the 70's and 80's.

But there is that trade-off, in the form of a gigantic boulder just waiting to drop on our heads. We have small tremors every once in a while - most we never feel.

For those of us that have experienced an earthquake, the little tremors that we do feel take on a whole new meaning.  We always ask in those first few seconds, "Is this it?"


  1. That one threw my wife and I out of bed.

    1. I suppose that would be the definition of a wake-up call!