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-well! I was in the epicenter.
I remember everyones car and home alarms going off all at once, fires and explosions. We made it outside alive but I was badly injured, we were bruised up badly as this quake was a shallow thrust quake which is the worst type cuz it jerks everything up and down!!!!! We looked like we were physically beaten by an abuser, but not. The ligaments in my feet were torn from tripping and my right foot/ankle swelled up to the thickness of my neck!
The adrenaline was so high I felt little pain until about 45 min later! Anyway everyone made it out into the parking lots and the streets, none of us went back inside for days and weeks, some even months. For us we went back inside after about a week. The whole area was in rubble we had to dig our way back inside. The tropical fish and tank water was emptied and thrown about 30 feet across the room!
The whole thing was surreal, sounds of breaking glass, alarms helicopters, sirens, smell of smoke, screaming people..killed about 64 that morning would have been worse if it was just a bit later!!
CNN News crews were stationed not far off for weeks to come and the national guard was summoned in. We suffered without power for weeks couldn't drink the water.
Though we had some earthquake insurance we never fully recovered everything, and it left me with a case of PTSD that I fled the state and moved out of the earthquake zone to Az instead. Still miss L.A but don't need that drama.