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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Earthquake

Oh my god! I finally felt a big one today. It started with a sound like somebody was running back and forth on the top floor and I remember thinking, what the hell are they doing running back and forth and then wham! the whole building started swaying. Then it hits me that its an earthquake! Thank god there's no damage (nothing that I can see, at least!) but it was enough to shook me. It lasted for maybe like 5-6 seconds, longer the last one that iv experienced and definitely bigger.

The phone lines, both house and cell were down for a while but seems to be working now although I still cant call Michael. Either he's still doing his medical check up or his cell phone is not working yet. It is already on the news saying that its 5.4 magnitude. Im praying that there wont be any aftershock or anything like that. It was scary enough for me!

One thing good that came out of this is that I get to meet another neighbour. lol.


Anonymous said...

Don't want to sound like a veteran of earthquakes but the Northridge one was much larger, a 6.8, I think.Lagi pun it happened in the wee hours of the morning and our power was cut off for several hours.As they say "Welcome to California. Shake and bake country":))

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Farina dear,
Be careful of the aftershocks. Usually it does more damage than the first one.

"Tu lah, dok CA lagi"..hehe.. actually that was my first regret, but stayed there for 4 years anyway. The bad experience I had was during the 1989 quake. I remember the collapse of a portion of the Bay Bridge. And the World Series was on - if I'm not mistaken during that time.

San Andreas Fault is slipping... Just hope that the epicenter won't be in the adajcent area.

Take care ok?

Ms eNVy said...

I'm so glad tht you are okay! .. I've experienced earthquakes a couple of time in Cali .. usually the aftershocks are a real pain! .. so be careful dear! .. I'm really..really glad tht you are fine :)

cakapaje said...

Salam Princess,

You be careful there. Frankly, I also worried about my sister's family and another niece in SF now, I pray they are a OK. Keep us updated, will you? Thanks.

kina said...

I was there when the 6.8 hit LA some years back, it was scary.

I hope u are doing well

ICook4Fun said...

Farina, glad that you are ok. I've lived there for so many years but have yet to experience an earthquake. Actually Carlos said its not a nice experience.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

yea saw the news earlier today. glad you guys are ok. i've never esperienced one, but i can bet it must be terrifying.

Zue Murphy said...

Glad you are ok. Next time it happen make sure you leave the building.

barbara said...

Hi Farina,
That's good news that you are safe & sound.I hope the same for Michael.
I can really relate, because I felt an earthquake too in Hawaii a long time ago. But, it was much smaller ( 3.0 range) but shook up the lamps & the cubicles of the Community college library.

I agree with everyone; just stay alert & run outside the next time !

Big hugs to you xxx

Yatie_T said...

thank god you're okay. I've never experienced any eartquake before but hubby said it's pretty scary. Be careful ya!

J.T. said...

You still see a positive thing out of this - meeting another neightbour. LOL

I am glad you are okay. I did not know about the earthquake (did not watch news yesterday and this morning) until I saw your status update in Facebook.

Cat Cat said...

Glad you are ok... I had experienced once an earthquake in VA... 2-3 years ago.. 6.9 magnitude...

Salt & Turmeric said...

Gurdeep, memang really shake and bake! this is only 5.4 and already making me paranoid of any rattling sound (till today!). i really dont wanna be ard when the big one hits! takut!

Kak Ja, u were there ke? dang. tht was really bad. now dah so many fault lines lagilah buat i ni paranoia.

Envy, i only felt 1 of the many aftershocks but it was really small. maybe we shud really think abt moving to another state. lol.

CA, i think the the one tht we had only in socal but norcal lagi byk quake. hope theyr ok. now everybody seems to be preparing for the BIG one. can u hear my teeth rattling?

Kina, nasib baiklah i takde sini when the 6.8 happened. mau meraung i. :(

Gert, ya we talked abt it yday. funnylah u lama duduk sini tak rasa pun.

Kerp, my frens told me kat msia pun lately byk jugak quake ye esp if u live in subang. memang terrifying, i tell u.

Zue, i too hope next time my brain wud register tht its an earthquake and id rush out the door!

Barb, 3.0 and enuf to shake the lamp and cubicle? yikes! thks for teh hugs. ;)

Yatie, yup u dont wanna experience it esp when ur alone and in ur case w a kid!

JT, haha. i had to see the +ve side of it too or else id get very upset since when i wrote this post, i stil cudn get in touch w Michael. I only got hold of him like 2hrs later!

Cath, VA had tht big one before? geez. if 5.4 pun i dah menggigil, wht more 6.9? takut!

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Nightwing said...

Hope everything is ok. Was busy last few days and only blog hop today.

Last time i experienced Earthquake..was in New Zealand...was on the phone with a friend at that time.

Sway from side to side. Forgot how strong it was already.

Take it easy now.

barbara said...

Hi Farina,
I have an award for you up at my blog.
See you soon ;)

Salt N Turmeric said...

NW, did u know it was a quake when it happened?

Barb, will go pick it up soon. Thank you!

een said...

been pretty busy lately..ahee..
thanks God that u r this ur 1 st time experience in US?can't imagine bcoz never experience it.. mesti x tentu arah time tu kan..masyaallah..