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 friend who lived a block away, this is before cell phones. So I thought I'd give her my number at work just incase something happened as I was talking to her and said this, something happened I could hear a deep rumbling and then I said we are having a earthquake. The phone line went dead and the building was going up and down 3 loud slips, my cat freaked out and was running around the room on the walls in a circle, I ran to the front door and stood in the door frame, so did my neighbor we where facing each other as all this was happening, my cat flew out the door the minute I opened it and ran down the steps. Oh yes, I was on the second story in a condo so as soon as it slowed we ran down the steps into the parking lot. It seemed to last for a long time, there where quite a few of us that ran into the parking lot where nothing could fall on us. What a powerful experience to feel the earth and feel like a small ant that couldn't do a thing about it. It was quite tramatizing for my son he was on his bike and they gave free counseling to many. There where many aftershocks even 5.0 and our nerves where on edge even if a big truck went by and the ground would rumble. I got out of town to visit a friend of mine in Arizona and there where a few of us from Santa Cruz on the plane the plane started shaking when we where taking off and all of us where white knuckling the chairs. We all laughed but it took months to get over it. I worked at a big computer company and we did a poll of what people might have felt before the quake happened, any signs. The week before we saw a lot of dead animals on the highways, I had this strange headache that I couldn't get rid of and so did others, there was a stillness in the air before it took place.