It wasn't violent but it was definitely a good shaking. I couldn't decide whether it was better to crawl under my massive Mission-style desk or to crouch beside it. If the roof caved in, I might not be found if I were under the desk. But if I were beside it, I wouldn't have the protection of the desk.
I chose to crouch beside the desk. But at the same time, I reached my inordinately tiny hands up and onto my keyboard to IM my boss "we're having a hyuge quake." "I might get out of here."
She was simultaneously IMing me, asking me if I could feel it (actually testing to see if she was at the epicenter. She wasn't. Far from it.)
I hate sending typos, even in IMs.
At 5.2, the quake wasn't as huge as I'd interpreted. In the end, I didn't get out of there.Cell phone service was dead. I didn't reach K for hours. But he was able to get to the house and confirm that all was well, including the kitten. Thank you. I'm so glad the brick fireplace and chimney are gone. More about that in a later post.
While looking through the news stories later, I found the following of interest. All were taken from Yahoo News Photos.
Yahoo describes this as - Traffic flows through downtown Los Angeles after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struckTraffic flows? Really? Well, if it takes a quake, it takes quake . . .
The text that accompanied this photo was - A dog walks through a coned-off portion of the street as a leaking water main is worked on at the intersection of City Terrace Drive and Eastern Avenue in East Los Angeles.
Now here's one thing of many that I love about Los Angeles, more chihuahuas per square inch than any other city in the U.S. So, if you love chihuahuas, this is the place for you. But why is this little dog wandering around alone? That part disturbs me.
Yahoo News described this photo as -
People have lunch in a plaza in downtown Los Angeles after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck at 11:42 am local time, July 29, 2008.
OK, here's another thing I love about LA - when there's a picture to be taken, nothing seems to faze us. Unless of course rain is in the forecast. In that case, to hear the news pros tell it, all hell is about to break loose.
With this photo, we're told - A customer is turned away from a Macy's store in the Canoga Park area of Los Angeles which had to be closed when broken water pipes caused flooding July 29, 2008, following a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in Southern California centered in the Chino Hills area
I'm sorry, but the fact that there is a HUGE PILE OF RUBBLE beside the store is not enough to deter her compulsive shopping?
I love LA.