Friday, January 8, 2010


Nearly every time that I am in California, and even on my blog WHILE in California, I've said that I wanted to feel an earthquake. Ask and ye 'shall receive I suppose. (Next up, asking to win the lottery)

On Wednesday, I felt the first yellow box to the left near Fremont, CA - a 4.2 tremor centered between Fremont and San Jose, CA. It was INTERESTING! I was in a 3 story building and I totally felt the building creek and sway both during as well as 10 seconds or so after the earthquake stopped.

I was on the phone and literally stopped mid sentence and said "oh shit, we're having an earthquake!" The two ladies that I was with in the small conference room seemed to be very worried and said a couple of times "should we get in the doorways?"

Being from the midwest, the whole experience seemed very surreal. "Very Californian." My wife asked if I would ever want to be in a bigger one. My response: "If you're asking if I want to have a 3 story building collapse on my head....the answer is no."


Pat said...

A few years back I woke up in the middle of the nite because our wood blinds were knocking against the windows. We had felt an earthquake that happened between Yuma and San Diego all the way in Chandler, AZ.

Rio said...

Growing up in California, I was pretty nonchalant about earthquakes. After the Northridge and San Francisco quakes happened, everyone's awareness grew for a bit before returning back to baseline. Glad your experience was a minimal one!

Kelly said...

That's awesome. I've always wanted to feel a real earthquake. A few years back, I was woken in the middle of the night cause I dreamt the house was shaking. Turns out, it was an earthquake (in Illinois!).

BrianFlash said...

I lived in Northern Cali 3 years and only 'felt' one earthquake. Basically, the hanging light over our dining room swayed a bit.

There was a larger one but I was in the car - didn't even notice.

Congrats on your earthquake - enough to feel but not enough to get hurt!

OhMyLaughter said...

Your last paragraph sounds EXACTLY how my midwest friend would describe being in an earthquake if he ever was...sans the dialogue with your wife.

Hahaha, the southern version:

"Ya'll wouldn't have believed it. Thank God I'm okay. Would I do it again? Hell no. "

sRod said...

I love your wife's response. That's what I'd probably said to my wife.