Earthquake in LA
Wow, I (Tim) just experienced my first “big” earthquake. A 5.4 quake hit Los Angeles at 11:42 AM then a 3.8 about 9 minutes later. I was under a tent at the radar site, and when the tent started to shake I suspected my coworkers. Larry, Mo, and Curly are always trying to pull a fast one on me. So I peeked outside the tent , but there was no prankster to be found! Yet all the objects behind my tent: telephone poles, wires and lights, were eerily swaying from side to side as if some monstrous creature had just rumbled by. The little light bulb in my head finally turned on. First thing I did was call my wife Margaret. “Call Failed” … the Cingular network must be down. The only obvious thing to do next is to log on to Gmail’s Intant Messenger… And my wife, being one in mind, did the same. In black and white text she exclaimed “the apartment building felt like it was gonna crash on my head!” …. and … “our fruit holder was a-swingin’ and the furniture in the apt. above was hopping about. ” We were a little shaken up but OK. I think I am one experience closer to being able to call myself a “Californian”.