Earthquaking in California
(c) 7/29/2008 Essay by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony

From Pasadena, just before noon today, my girlfriend and I were up in the loft when the Earthquake hit. At first it was just a subtle roll, then we felt the entire building sway back and forth, we heard a crash, so I grabbed her and tried to roll the two of us under a day bed. Thankfully, nothing much fell, just a few knickknacks nearby and a broken lamp downstairs. Although, I feel terrible because I scratched her hand trying to roll under the bed.

We've both experienced earthquakes before, though this one felt much more serious. She was pretty scared, and I was certainly concerned. Our cellphones didn't work, but the news told us that the quake was a 5.8 magnitude (later downgraded to a 5.4) and centered in Chino Hills/Diamond Bar which is about 15 to 20 miles from us. Actually, my girlfriend had guessed the quake at 5.6 just seconds after it shook us -- pretty impressive estimate. As long as no one gets hurt and the damage is small, the event is rather interesting. Either way, a powerful reminder that we're guests on this planet, that it is still alive and kicking.


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