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I Was In An Earthquake

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    Canterbury Earthquake

    I live in Christchurch, New Zealand, and on September 4th, 2010, at 4.35am we had a 7.1 earthquake. Thousands of homes were damaged, and about 3000 buildings are no longer safe and are being demolished. Many beautiful heritage buildings have been destroyed. What you don't hear...
    splash64 splash64 61-65, F 3 Responses Sep 12, 2010

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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 stationed in Monterey California for over a year.There were many earthquakes during my time there.
    mailmanshadow mailmanshadow 51-55, M Apr 10, 2011

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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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    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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    Earthquake Country

    Let me start off by saying, I live in the San Francisco bay area, so I have been in many of them. Actually they happen everyday but you rarely feel them. I remember four distinct earthquakes that I could feel. One when I was at home taking a bath, it was a light one, but...
    Soothsayer8 Soothsayer8 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 12, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Yeah about 10,00 + aftershocks

    and the biggest ive been in would be an 8.2 ! I've been in a 7.1 , many 6 and below earthquakes. I am so usef to them that I can tell apart a 5 to a 5.2 :p
    ISlaySanta ISlaySanta 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 13

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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 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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    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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    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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    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 22-25 1 Response Feb 6, 2012

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    Today

    Two hours and some minutes (15:46 Icelandic time) I experienced for the first time an earthquake.    It was hour drive away from here in another town where it was biggest and roughest or 6,1 richter. There's no news of serious injury but there are people who...
    Rawa Rawa 16-17, F 2 Responses May 29, 2008

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    Again

    So again, more ******* earthquakes.It was my second day of course on the 22nd of feb 2011.I was in town trying to get to know my new course mates having a ciggie outside and BANGIt was frightening, I did not know what to do. I did'nt know wether to stay by the building or run...
    MushroomFaerie148 MushroomFaerie148 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 22, 2011

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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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    The Loma Prieta Earthquake

    October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m. local time I was at work in Buringame Ca. right next to the San Francisco Intl. Airport when it hit. Caused by a slip along the San Andreas Fault, the earthquake lasted approximately 15 seconds and measured 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale...
    zillaron zillaron 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 7, 2009

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    LA In 70's

    Actually I have been in many earthquakes. Living in So Cal from 1951 to 1984 I lived through my fair share of earthquakes.  I remember once I was in some tall building in LA for one of them and felt the building sway.  That was interesting My favorite story...
    rw5453 rw5453 56-60, M Jun 20, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 70+, F Apr 26, 2013

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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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    1994 Quake

    I was 5 at the time when the quake happened in So Cal. We live in earthquake country so I had been taught in school what to do if a small earthquake happened so when the big one hit I told my family that we had to get under the table. Needless to say this was not the right thing...
    Megan1111 Megan1111 22-25, F May 24, 2011

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    November 10, 2012

    I experienced an earthquake, my first, here in this mountain town, of all places. It was the first for us in Eastern Kentucky. I had clothes in the washing machine, so I thought it was really throwing a fit. It scared me. And, I think it shook my (Stubby) cat up more than me. My...
    Goslyn Goslyn 31-35, T 2 Responses Dec 2, 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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    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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    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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    Just When You Think Its Over

    It had been weeks since I had felt anything significant. Was starting to forget, relax, not worry so much. Had stopped checking for exits when in different places. Stopped getting a fright when trucks went past. I was basically beginning to think it was over. Thinking that...
    jellibeanz jellibeanz 26-30, F 8 Responses May 9, 2011

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    Two Today!

    like an earlier story said...i live along the new madrid fault line (my town is only 30mins from where the center of these earthquakes today were), so i knew one was bound to happen eventually, but was still surprised when it did.  The first one was this morning around 4...
    KinkyFlower KinkyFlower 31-35, F 12 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    Two, I Think.

    My first earthquake was a rather big one that occurred in the California Bay Area in 1989. I was probably a year old. The house started shaking and my mom rushed into my room, took me out of my crib, and held me under the doorframe while I fought to get down. My dad was commuting...
    Christabel Christabel 19-21, F 2 Responses Jul 27, 2007

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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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    Related Experiences

    When I lived in CA we used to have tremors almost everyday, but it never scared me, because I was used to it. Now I live in near another huge fault line and the scientists that...
    genegeek16 genegeek16 13-15, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    On Friday, March 28, 2014 was the 1st time I felt an earthquake. I'm not originally from here (L.A.). I'm from the South. It was a scary, but fun experience. Not 1 of my belongings...
    otad12 otad12 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    After Fridays 5.1 earthquake. . There has been over 100 aftershocks. Saturday's 4.3 aftershock has the neighborhood freaked out.. Is the end near? Then lets" ROCK IT "
    LuvButtz LuvButtz 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 30

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    but finally it cool down a little. Summer arrived earlier here it seems like but the weather been on and off with the chilly season. Plus reports of earthquakes in the northern...
    jonnygoode74 jonnygoode74 36-40, M Apr 10

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    I'm messed up! I've always been straight until one day I went to meet a girl she seemed really cool and our first date was to stay out all night smoking weed in the park to be...
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    I was adopted from Oshkosh Wisconsin, at age 2. And both my parents are dead ( hints why I was adopted) my birth mom died of cancer and my birth dad died in a car accident. My...
    Klmsparkles Klmsparkles 13-15, F 1 Response 37 mins ago

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    When I was 17 my best friend and I were to go to a party and then come back to spend the night at my house. We were to be home by 11, but pulled into my garage at about 11:20. We...
    JulieW82 JulieW82 31-35, F 1 hr ago

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    THIS IS A REAL AND LEGITMATE FORM OF ABUSE. I struggle with the fact that not only was my ex emotionally abusive, but so was my own father. I can legitimately say that I am...
    cemarie128 cemarie128 18-21, F 7 hrs ago

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    I was spanked many times as a chid. With whatever wAS around. I never thought I was bad,Just stupid, because I couldn't get A's B's and C's. I couldn't concentrate. Now since I'm...
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