Is It Me Or Are We Shaking?

July.30.2008 at 9:34 pm 4 comments

If you haven’t seen it on the news yet, there was a 5.4 earthquake that shook the L.A. area. It originated near Chino Hills which is about 29 miles from Downtown L.A. (which was where I was when it happened).

“Why were you in Downtown L.A.? Of all places to be!”, said my mom frantically. I was secretly laughing because she was all semi-stressed about me. I know that sounds bad, but I thought it was funny.

Anyways, I was at a meeting Downtown and we were in an older County building (I won’t mention which one … but it’s a pretty old one). We were discussing an issue when the entire room started to shake. At first I thought it was someone walking in the adjacent room.

“Damn … someone’s either really overweight or the floor is really thin”, I thought as I sat there listening to the meeting.

But something was wrong this time … the room didn’t stop shaking … it continued. “I think it’s an earthquake!”, said one of the clients.

The shaking began to increase, the lights started to rattle, and soon everyone in the room proceeded with the, “Duck and Cover” routine. As all 10 of us huddled underneath the conference table, I could hear and see everyone’s reaction.

“Oh my goodness! My daughter’s home by herself, I need to call her”, said one client.

“I need to call my husband”, said another.

“I hope my wife’s all right”, said my Lead.

It felt like minutes before the shaking finally stopped. Right when it did, everyone got up and left the room immediately to call their loved ones.

The only people left in the room were: me, my co-worker, someone on our Functional Team, my Lead, and my Team Lead.

The co-worker on the Functional Team said it was her first time experiencing an earthquake. I was thinking to myself, “Congrats! Welcome to L.A.!!”.

My Lead tried calling his wife (to no avail because the lines were jammed, darn you AT&T), my co-worker started to call his friends and brother (again to no avail because the lines were jammed, darn you again AT&T), and me … well I just sat there.

It’s kind of sad that I didn’t have anyone to call and make sure they were all right. Yeah I was worried about my parents and sister … well not really.

So the only people who didn’t call someone were, me, my Team Lead, and the co-worker from our Functional Team. I was bored waiting there so I decided to call my sister.

Me: Did you feel the earthquake?

Sister: Yeah, yeah! (She sounded scared and frazzled)

Me: Where are you?

Sister: I’m with mom at Costco. Like the lights overhead were shaking and then we realized it was an earthquake.

Me: Oh .. yeah. The room was shaking here too.

Sister: Wait .. wait .. oh I have to go.

Me: Okay … I’ll call later.

She sounded shocked and nervous. I wanted to ask her if she bought my Soy Milk, but decided not to because it was probably an inappropriate moment.

But I called my sister later in the evening and asked her what happened. Like I said previously, they were at Costco when it happened:

Me: Did they shut the store down or anything?

Sister: Well no .. like a lot of people headed to the checkout lines. But that’s all, like what else were they suppose to do?

Me: Well yeah … what did you guy’s do?

Sister: Well we just stood there looking at the lights shake.

Me: *Starts laughing*. So you and mom were just standing there … out in the open looking at the lights?

Sister: Yeah .. where else are we suppose to go?

Me: Oh my goodness. *Starts to laugh again*. You guy’s should have went somewhere safer.

Sister: Well I mean we didn’t know it was an earthquake at first.

Me: Still … you guy’s shouldn’t just stand there,

I can’t believe they didn’t find a place to go under in case something fell … that mom of mine.

Anyways, my Lead was having trouble calling his wife, he mentioned after the earthquake that she drove to Chino today to look over schools for their daughter.

“Of all day’s … to go to Chino”, he said. He was visibly scared … you could see it in his eyes. They were concerned and he wasn’t joking around as usual.

I felt terrible for him because he was worried for his wife. I mean she was where the epicenter was and he was ready to tear up.

You could see his eyes start to get red, his voice starting to crack .. I felt bad for him and didn’t really know what to say.

Five minutes later, my Team Lead started to work … yeah … she started to work again. Which is funny to me because there was this huge earthquake and it was like nothing happened.

As me and my co-worker headed to lunch, we saw our Lead. I asked if everyone was okay and he responded with a cheerful, “Yes”. He was smiling again so I knew his wife and daughter were all right.

I was joking with my co-worker that an earthquake meant a longer lunch break, haha.

As we were heading to McDonald’s, everyone on the street seemed oblivious to the fact that an earthquake just happened.

I guess when you’ve been living in L.A., you’re just use to it and we continue with our lives. Thankfully there weren’t any after-shocks.

Well I just wanted to say, “Thank You” to Awake in Rochester who Twitter’ed me asking how I was. I mean my own mother didn’t call me until later in the evening, thanks mom .. really thanks, lol.

I find it amusing that the cell network was difficult to get a call through, but somehow Twitter managed to work flawlessly, lol. Who would have thunk?

All in all, I’m happy to hear everyone was safe and sound and there wasn’t that much damage. 

– A


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cat  |  July.30.2008 at 10:40 pm

    Glad you’re okay, I remembered that you were in the LA area so I came to check. I’ve never been in an earthquake.. too far away from those darn plate edges. I think it sounds kind of exciting though, haha =b I’ve been in a beach house in the edge of a hurricane, it’s pretty fun how much the whole house shakes, and all.

  • 2. - A  |  July.31.2008 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks Cat! You know what? Part of it was kind of fun … I know that sounds odd.

    I think I would be more scared of a hurricane than an earthquake, lol. Scares the living day lights out of me whenever I see one.

  • 3. Tara  |  August.1.2008 at 9:41 am

    You’re mom is funny, it’s like she thinks you knew there would be a big earthquake and decided to be daring and go Downtown. What were you thinking? Hehe.

    I’ve only been through a view minor tremblers. Especially one in the middle of the night. I heard and felt this whoooom!! And then it was like a wave, and everything shook for only a few seconds. I was a kid at the time, and I just waited real still in bed and then yelled out for my mom in the next room.

  • 4. - A  |  August.1.2008 at 11:28 pm

    Yeah .. she can be, lol. I was thinking that she shouldn’t worry so much .. but she’s my mom, what can I say?


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