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I Was In An Earthquake

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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...
    2029Wren 2029Wren 46-50, M May 10, 2013

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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...
    rw5453 rw5453 56-60, M Jun 20, 2009

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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...
    norylui norylui 56-60, F 2 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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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...
    myserendipity myserendipity 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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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...
    ChakraSolipsismMGP ChakraSolipsismMGP 56-60, M Sep 9, 2011

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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...
    anonimacy anonimacy 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 24, 2012

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    10/15/13 -    http://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippine-earthquake-creates-miles-long-rocky-wall-181842298.html
    micz521 micz521 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 26, 2013

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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...
    jellibeanz jellibeanz 26-30, F 8 Responses May 9, 2011

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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...
    Rawa Rawa 16-17, F 2 Responses May 29, 2008

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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...
    septuagint7 septuagint7 36-40 2 Responses Nov 13, 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...
    Peppermintberry Peppermintberry 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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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...
    asdfok asdfok 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 6, 2009

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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...
    CFOM CFOM 70+, M 10 Responses Aug 23, 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...
    Arthurr1 Arthurr1 26-30, M Dec 1, 2013

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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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    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...
    SpiceZ SpiceZ 56-60, F 10 Responses Jul 22, 2012

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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...
    c8lorraine c8lorraine 56-60 6 Responses Sep 1, 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...
    alekslol alekslol 13-15 Mar 12, 2012

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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...
    no14me no14me 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 2, 2011

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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...
    divinegrace divinegrace 56-60, F 5 Responses Apr 18, 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...
    LostJoe LostJoe 22-25, F Oct 29, 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...
    karmazrevenge karmazrevenge 36-40, F Apr 29, 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...
    imabear imabear 51-55, F 2 Responses Sep 1, 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...
    ISlaySanta ISlaySanta 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 13

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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...
    juliegirlie juliegirlie 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 20, 2012

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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...
    zillaron zillaron 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 7, 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...
    PureEvil PureEvil 18-21, F Dec 3, 2011

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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...
    splash64 splash64 61-65, F 3 Responses Sep 12, 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...
    surrealreality surrealreality 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 4, 2012

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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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    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...
    Christabel Christabel 19-21, F 2 Responses Jul 27, 2007

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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...
    Goslyn Goslyn 31-35, T 2 Responses Dec 2, 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...
    dannywspk dannywspk 70+, F Apr 26, 2013

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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...
    jellibeanz jellibeanz 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 21, 2012

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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...
    KinkyFlower KinkyFlower 31-35, F 12 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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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...
    imabear imabear 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 16, 2010

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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...
    MushroomFaerie148 MushroomFaerie148 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 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...
    jellibeanz jellibeanz 26-30, F 7 Responses Mar 8, 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...
    1blujay 1blujay 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 8, 2010

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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...
    Idiadia Idiadia 18-21, F Sep 1, 2010

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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...
    papasmerf21 papasmerf21 22-25, M Jan 12, 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...
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman 31-35, F 9 Responses Mar 6, 2009

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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...
    OfFansAndFlames OfFansAndFlames 22-25 1 Response Feb 6, 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...
    Morgause Morgause 41-45, F Sep 4, 2011

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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...
    MushroomFaerie148 MushroomFaerie148 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 22, 2011

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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...
    Megan1111 Megan1111 22-25, F May 24, 2011

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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...
    millimi millimi 41-45, M Sep 1, 2011

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    I had been living in Los Angeles for about a month and a half when the Northridge Earthquake hit. It was January 1993. It registered as a 7.4 on the Richter Scale. I was awoken...
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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 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 6 days ago

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