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I Was In An Earthquake

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    Seriously!!!

    When's it going to stop!!! 2 Freaking weeks of after shocks is doing my freakin head in!!!!!
    MushroomFaerie148 MushroomFaerie148 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2010

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    Earthquakes.

    I was in a couple or few Earthquakes when I lived in California. But they wernt that bad. I miss California. One Day, when I have the Money, and I still want to live in California.... I'll move to California.
    no14me no14me 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 2, 2011

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    Just A 3.4, Centered About 20 Miles Away

    That's the first earthquake I have felt in my 70 years. I had been sleeping but it woke me up. I had been so sound asleep I had no idea what was going on. My impression after was that if I didn't know I would have said a huge truck passed over the speed bump just down the street...
    MPsslavetommy MPsslavetommy 70+, M 4 Responses Jul 16, 2010

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    8-23-11 A 5.8 About 95 Miles Away

    In my other ID is a story about a 3.6 or 3.7 earthquake about 20 miles away. Compared to today's - that quake was no big deal. At first I thought it was a big truck speeding over a near-by speed bump and by the time I was fully awake it was over. Today's started with a shaking...
    CFOM CFOM 70+, M 10 Responses Aug 23, 2011

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    SELIMebrahim SELIMebrahim 13-15, M Jul 18

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    I Remember The Northridge Earthquake

    I just finished my first semester in junior college and was enjoying winter break. Two days before, my cross country coach had taken our team on a run down Nordhoff, passing Cal State Northridge along the way. Who knew the university would be severely impacted just a couple of...
    septuagint7 septuagint7 36-40 2 Responses Nov 13, 2010

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    Apparently, the founder of Death Row Records

    and Sandra Bullock hold me responsible for earthquakes in California. I personally think its San and Dre’s Fault.
    RicRaver RicRaver 41-45, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    In Michigan !!!!!

    I was laying on my water bed watching tv. I felt the bed start to vibrate as if a large truck were driving by close to my house. I muted the telivision but heard no truck .... I wonderd what could be going wrong to my house to cause such a vibration. It only lasted about thirty...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 15, 2010

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    Cali... The State That Rumbles

    I've been living in California since 1985. Living here we occasionally feel little tremors...nothing serious. Every few years we actually feel stronger jolts that wake you and get you out of bed. Last week I was at work...it was about 9 am and I was sitting here drinking my...
    surrealreality surrealreality 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 4, 2012

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    Earthquake!!!

    So I was up late on Ep on friday night/saturday morning, It was about 4:30am and my room started to shake, I though "Oh wow, an earthquake" (had'nt felt one since i was a kid) but I then got frightened very fast, It got so violent and it just kept going, I thought I was maybe...
    MushroomFaerie148 MushroomFaerie148 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 8, 2010

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    My First Earthquake Encounter ( Be Careful Of What You Wish For)

    Last February 6 2012, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Cebu. It was my first earthquake encounter and here's my story it was such an ordinarily stressful day. School was of course hectic being filled with students who were wishing for the day to be over. I had two wishes in mind...
    Peppermintberry Peppermintberry 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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    Confusing...

    In about 2:00am i fell of my bed and woke up. I was like damn it and stood on my feet. I felt the house shaking like crazy. It lasted 40 secs. Things started falling off. I thought it was a very heavy lorry coming by. Later i went downstairs and saw the news. There was the...
    alekslol alekslol 13-15 Mar 12, 2012

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    First Earthquake

    My first earthquake on the West Coast was during the Thanksgiving of '92. I spent the holidays with a friend from college and slept on the couch in the downstairs living room. It startled me awake but it was soon over. No one woke up in the house and so I thought maybe I had...
    Myztikal Myztikal 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2013

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    English Earthquake -Yeah

    I was at my uncle's house in Hull. And I was lying on my bed and suddenly I felt like the strangest feeling. Like a train going under the house. It wasn't hard, but it was like... wow... it took my breath away! after that I was excited but the dog was like ''oh my god...
    dannywspk dannywspk 18-21, F Apr 26, 2013

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    Earthquake In Chile

    On February 27th 2010, at 3:34 A.M. I was violently waken up by an earthquake. I could hardly get up and though I tried to get to my parents’bedroom  and see whether they were OK I  could not move.  The lights went out almost the moment the quake began and...
    norylui norylui 56-60, F 2 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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    I was in a few actually including a real sever

    one in late 1996 in New Westminster , which is a suburb of Vancouver Canada. I moved to Vancouver Island shortly after and was in an earthquake almost as severe in 2000 or 2001 don't recall. However never been in one that was so bad that I noticed any damaged buildings and hope...
    Canuck05 Canuck05 41-45, M Jul 7

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    We had an earthquake today

    for the first time in a long time... Now, South africa do not get many earthquakes..... It's really rare, and those we do get, are minor.... Today was a 5.3.... The 3rd one this year above 1.5... The other 2 were in the 4 points. And I must say, it was unexpected, and breath...
    Gogonoster24 Gogonoster24 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    6.8 Northridge Earthquake In Los Angeles. I Was In The Middle Of It.

    Life can change so quickly in an instant!   It was 4:31 am PST..Los Angeles...January 17th....I was jolted out of bed, power already out and only way out was to step on broken glass and trip over broken rubble, my son and I got into the duck cover and hold mode under the door...
    SpiceZ SpiceZ 56-60, F 10 Responses Jul 22, 2012

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    A Year Today

    I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing at this precise time a year ago. I remember the darkness thick with dust and the taste of the air in my mouth. I remember the panic welling up inside when I realised that the way was blocked. That girl in her school uniform...
    jellibeanz jellibeanz 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 21, 2012

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    I'm Not Joking....it Happened In Kansas

    I was almost asleep when I felt my bed start to shake. I was frightened at first because I was thinking of the Movie "The Excroist" and I had the image of getting possed by something. By the time I got out of the bed it all stopped so I thought to myself that i imaged it until my...
    PureEvil PureEvil 18-21, F Dec 3, 2011

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    Never Been In The Epicenter As The Call It

    but there was one here in the U.S. a lil while back(in Virginia i believe) anyways i was laying on the floor in the basement/ground level of my house in Ohio i felt myself moving/shaking slightly and at first i thought i was dying or something major was wrong with me lol then a...
    papasmerf21 papasmerf21 22-25, M Jan 12, 2012

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    1994 6.7 Northridge Earthquake

    On Jan 17th just before 5 am my family was jolted out of their sleep...  When I awoke out of my sleep I knew it was an earthquake.  I was shocked to see how severely our home was... as my husband and I  made our way through the dark hallway toward our children's room.  Their...
    myserendipity myserendipity 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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    Just Now....seriously

    Just 5 or so minutes ago....Melbourne australia 9.0 something pm Fri March 6th 2009...   WOW.... the first one I have felt.....no measurements in yet....wooow!
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman 31-35, F 9 Responses Mar 6, 2009

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    The Sylmar Quake Of 1971

    I've always called it the Sylmar quake because that is what the news called it at the time and for years afterwords. But the USGS refers to it as the San Fernando Quake. Here are some of my memories as a 5 1/2 year old kid living in the San Fernando Valley, in Southern...
    1blujay 1blujay 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 8, 2010

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    How It Was For Me

    I was lucky enough to miss the September 7.1 that was the cause of the trouble down here in Christchurch, NZ. I was also lucky that the Boxing Day aftershock of 'only' 4.9 closed my shop - because the latest big one, a 6.3 on Feb 22nd, totally destroyed it and I don't think its a...
    jellibeanz jellibeanz 26-30, F 7 Responses Mar 8, 2011

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    Unfortunately Survived

    I was in the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake, (22/02/2011). Since then, my life's been hell. I escaped physically unharmed, but mentally damaged. I now say - "The dead are the lucky ones!" I mean it, I've been haunted since. I've now no roots, don't like my new town, it's...
    cndrewdrvr8 cndrewdrvr8 46-50, M Sep 6, 2011

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    7.8

    I was in my first earthquake ever a few weeks ago when I was in New Zealand. My brother and I had just been talking about earthquakes a few days before and mentioned that NZ was on a magor fault line but I really didn't even think about the possibility of one...
    asdfok asdfok 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 6, 2009

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    I Was Suspicious September Friday 9, 2011 North Pacific West Coast

    On this September Friday  9, 2011 later in the morning Pacific Time. Because I am living on the West Coast of Washington, USA.  On Pacific Time: Around 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM / Mountain Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM / Central Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM / Eastern Time: 12:00 PM  -  2:00...
    ChakraSolipsismMGP ChakraSolipsismMGP 56-60, M Sep 9, 2011

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    Several. Lol. Grew up

    and over in california. Lmao.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Jul 18

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    I Was In An Earthquake - Actually Quite A Few Of Them.

    On the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand we have earthquakes on a regular basis so an earthquake would not get me out of bed unless it was really strong. They don't bother me because I grew up with them. The strongest shaking I ever felt in an earthquake was in 1998 in Palmerston...
    millimi millimi 41-45, M Sep 1, 2011

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    I'm Starting To Lose Count...

    The first was, ironically enough, when I was about 8 years old (1966) in Tennessee where I grew up.  Nothing big - felt a shake, saw lampshade move.  Some of the department stores downtown (yes, it was a long time ago) had their plate glass windows shatter. ...
    imabear imabear 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 16, 2010

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    1989 Santa Cruz, Ca 5 Miles From Epicenter

    I came home from work and decided to call my sons friends house to give his mother my number at work because I didn't get off work until 2:30p and my son got out of school at 2:10p he was 13 so old enough to on his own until I got home but he would usually go hang out with his...
    divinegrace divinegrace 56-60, F 5 Responses Apr 18, 2012

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    4.3 At I:47 Pdt, 9/1/11

    Centered near Newhall in the northern part of Los Angeles County. I work in west L.A. and didn't feel it, though had I been at home near Glendale I'm sure I would have. Still, a 4.3 is pretty mild. By SoCal standards, it's nothing to get excited about.
    imabear imabear 51-55, F 2 Responses Sep 1, 2011

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    Northridge '94

    I was about 10 minutes away from the epicenter of the '94 Northridge, CA quake. The earthquake had a "strong" moment magnitude of 6.7, but the ground acceleration was one of the highest recorded in an urban area in North America (lol, wiki). I was 7 years old, and I was both...
    OfFansAndFlames OfFansAndFlames 26-30 1 Response Feb 6, 2012

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    I Did Not Know What Was Going On

    My house and my bed shook. I was at home with the flu, and everything kind of rocked. Not bad enough to do damage. I thought for a sec my dog was scratching herself laying in my bed.
    LostJoe LostJoe 22-25, F Oct 29, 2012

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    Not A Dream...

    Waked up at 2:55am. Was in bed. I had a dream. I open one eye and watch the chandelier swing. Bed shake too. My wife wake up, and I said " nothing other than a little earthquake, sleep again ". Great commotion by my neighbour. He phone me ( 3:00am,  ). " what's happend, help...
    juliegirlie juliegirlie 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 20, 2012

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    When I first saw this group

    and joined, it was more like I've felt many earthquakes during my life time here in California, but as I started writing this story, I thought about that and changed my mind about being in an earthquake. There may have been a few things that fell onto the floor, but the...
    MarkRomeo MarkRomeo 61-65, M May 8

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    1971 San Fernando Quake

    It happened at about 6AM on a February morning. I lived about fifty miles away from the epicenter. Our town was located west of the San Andreas fault. I remember feeling my bed shake. I was six years old, and was the last person to make their way to the living room. I lived...
    2029Wren 2029Wren 46-50, M May 10, 2013

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    A Few Weeks Ago

    I'm at work sitting at my desk thinking about my upcoming meeting. All of a sudden I feel the building shake. I was just outside and knew no one was working on the building so what I just felt was weird. Everyone else in the area felt it too, and the last thing on my mind was...
    Morgause Morgause 41-45, F Sep 4, 2011

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    Earthquake

    2 weeks before there was an earthquake, I live on the 9th floor earthquake was 6 degrees here ... I have a terrible fear was honestly the first time I felt an earthquake so big and I think I should move downstairs :)
    Arthurr1 Arthurr1 26-30, M Dec 1, 2013

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    Facebook Told Me "earthquake!"

    Well it is California, we have many but you hardly notice them.except for the one in February. That was funny cause I was sitting in the sofa minding my own business when I felt some movement and looked at the walls and they looked as if they had comed alive. Then it stop and we...
    Idiadia Idiadia 18-21, F Sep 1, 2010

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    I Lived In Japan

    For the first 6 months I lived in Tokyo, where they experience *tremors* several times EVERY day ! This happens because The main island is situated where 4 plates join.  They are constantly re-aligning themselves, giving the *tremor* effect. For the most part the average...
    c8lorraine c8lorraine 56-60 6 Responses Sep 1, 2010

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    Perceptions

    Not much as a story here, just a thought. It's amazing how people get used to their particular environment. Last night we had a 5.2 at 4'30 am aprox. I didn't felt a thing, lol. It takes more than 6 degrees to actually wake me up. This is not common for everybody, but checking my...
    anonimacy anonimacy 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 24, 2012

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    Eastcoast Tremor 2011

    I live in Va. I was at work the day we had our earthquake....I was actually in a patient's room and the floor started shaking. Our office was being worked on and I thought someone upstairs was moving around really heavy furniture. Someone in the hallway said "is that an...
    karmazrevenge karmazrevenge 36-40, F Apr 29, 2012

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    I've Been In A Few Too Many!

    Earthquakes,I've been in a few too many,My life,No longer the same,Had to leave town,It was too much,Trouble is,Don't like my new town,Not the same,No roots here,My life's stuffed,Wish it would end,I've always said,And always will,The dead,Thery're the lucky ones!
    cndrewdrvr8 cndrewdrvr8 46-50, M Sep 6, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    Four years ago today my city was hit by a 7.2 earthquake. Since then there have been over 14895 earthquakes, 4500 of those over 3.0. The rebuild of the city will take many more...
    Rusham Rusham 66-70, M 2 Responses Sep 4

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    The Northridge earthquake was emotionally traumatic for me. I felt all alone after. I went to live with my sil . My husband went to work long hours and didn't talk when he got home...
    heathee heathee 46-50, F Aug 28

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    The Maldives has twenty-6 pure atolls and several island groups on isolated reefs, all of that have been divided into 20-just one administrative divisions (20 administrative atolls...
    Jenipe Jenipe 31-35, M Aug 22

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    It's just another one to add to the others I've been through, even having been raised mostly in San Francisco, there are just no words to explain the sound and feel of your whole...
    Xlandria61 Xlandria61 61-65, F Aug 28

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    (When I tell my life stories, I will try to do so detached; so that no emotional biases will direct my writing. I do this so I can help others who might be reading this. And I...
    rainbowcity rainbowcity 22-25, F 3 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    I am dealing with a panic disorder with agoraphobia, depression and seizures and was currently discharged from the military. I developed all of this when I was admitted in a...
    Liddoturrboo Liddoturrboo 18-21, F 2 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    The first time I got the belt, I was 8, almost 9. Behind my house was a river and we had been told time and time again not to go down to the river. Well I went with some of the...
    tiffyof6andtwins tiffyof6andtwins 41-45, F 3 Responses 4 hrs ago

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