I Was In An Earthquake

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 509 People

    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


    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


    When's it going to stop!!! 2 Freaking weeks of after shocks is doing my freakin head in!!!!!
    MushroomFaerie148 MushroomFaerie148
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 15, 2010

    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

    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
    2 Responses Nov 13, 2010

    Tons of fishes dead recently Everyday tv

    reporter say it's coming..it's coming Many people died when i was a kid i've seen many people are screaming and dying.. I was hungry,i had not foods enough,no water enough,no blancket enough...for 4 months. 4months later,i finally read newspaper,watched TV,and realized what...
    deleted deleted
    Apr 22, 2015

    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...
    deleted deleted
    May 8, 2014

    the awkward moment when theres an earthquake

    and youre watching live news and it doesnt affect them..
    apperentlyicanthavemynameagain apperentlyicanthavemynameagain
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 22, 2015


    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

    It was my first earthquake ever.

    I live in Delaware and there's never any here until just this once a few years ago when a quake happened in some close-by state and somehow it kinda reached us. It was just a small one and it only lasted several seconds.
    Marigirl128 Marigirl128
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 8

    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
    61-65, F
    5 Responses Apr 18, 2012

    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

    First quake I felt was in 1995.

    Lived in the Seattle area so it was a rare occurrence. And live in California now so... Yeah not so rare. Just felt one last week that was in Banning. Now days it's like the scene from Independence Day.. "It's not even a 4-pointer... Go back to sleep"
    SoCalRenaissance SoCalRenaissance
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jan 15

    I live in a area of quakes.

    The last one was a couple of days ago. The largest one I felt had a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX (Violent), and a moment magnitude of 6.9 and it was a number of years ago. Just waiting for another big one.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 14, 2015

    What can i say... the biggest fault zone in

    North India is just 400 metres away from my room 0_0
    TraitorIndian TraitorIndian
    22-25, M
    Sep 13, 2015

    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
    5 Responses Sep 1, 2010

    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
    5 Responses Mar 8, 2011

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 26, 2013
    SELIMebrahim SELIMebrahim
    13-15, M
    Jul 18, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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
    51-55, M
    May 10, 2013

    Quite a few actually.

    The Whittier quake of '87. That was my first one. I felt the Northridge one in 1994 too. I was close to both epicenters.
    IndecisiveDoeEyes IndecisiveDoeEyes
    31-35, F
    Jun 27, 2015

    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

    Hello guys, As many of you probably know

    yesterday my wonderful country, Ecuador, suffered a 7.8 scale earthquake. The coast region was the most affected; unfortunately one of the poorest in my country. You probably think that there is not much you can do, but trust me you can. By donating to reliable and trustworthy...
    ecuagirl ecuagirl
    18-21, F
    Apr 17

    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
    Sep 18, 2014
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Dec 25, 2015

    So we had one this evening,

    though I didn't feel it, as I was in a moving car at the moment. THANK GOD!! Supposedly it was pretty intense :/ But now the problem is I can't sleep :/ It's weird how even the word 'Earthquake' makes people feel nervous, agitated and your senses become heightened. Every...
    SoulfulSmile SoulfulSmile
    36-40, F
    Apr 13

    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


    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
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Sep 8, 2010

    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

    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
    1 Response Feb 6, 2012

    Its a big deal to survive.

    Yes, running to money running to jealousy aint got nothing to do when it comes to nature and her power. Look at how she shattered us , Nepalese strucking us with the devastating earthquake of 7.8 richer scale. We had it expected, but we knew it will come to us without any...
    smokycup smokycup
    22-25, F
    3 Responses May 1, 2015

    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

    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
    11 Responses Jul 22, 2012

    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

    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

    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
    26-30, F
    Aug 5, 2014


    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
    Mar 12, 2012

    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

    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...
    70+, M
    10 Responses Aug 23, 2011

    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
    2 Responses Dec 15, 2010

    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


    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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