It's hard to believe, but I've been here 5 years and today's 5.4 quake was my very first! First off, don't worry, we are absolutely, completely fine. The epicenter (in Chino Hills) is about 40 miles away, so we really felt the least of it, but even so, Bren said this was a pretty strong one. Well not so much strong, as loooong.
It's hard to describe. At first, since we live right by the highway, we just thought yet another big truck was driving by the house. But when the vibrations kept going, we both went quiet and Bren's eyes widened, followed by the smallest, slightly cautious smile.
There was a very low rumble. Everything rattled on the shelves and some of our little figurines (Gorillaz!) toppled onto the floor.
It kept going after the first few seconds, so Bren beckoned me over to the pole in the middle of the room and I wrapped my arms around him in a mixture of fear and... exhilaration! I never felt in danger, so I don't feel like I'm tempting fate saying that. I did start to "consider" saying a prayer when the softer shakes persisted for a good 10 seconds after the initial rattling. But it was soon over, and that's when I made this face...
...realising that, holy crap! That was a real earthquake! It is an unnerving feeling looking out the door and seeing the horizon moving visibly from side to side. It's also unnerving given how much I take for granted that the earth beneath my feet will always be there to support me... I mean that is the wonder of savasana because it forces you to surrender and allow the earth to support you for a few minutes. It's such a comforting feeling. Today reminded me that even the earth gets restless.
Afterwards, I looked around the apartment to try to find evidence of what had happened, and this was the most I could find to show you: the hanging basket was still swinging only a few seconds after the earth rested.
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