Tuesday, July 29, 2008


We just had a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered about 25 miles from where I work. It scared me. A lot. I was on the phone leaving a message when it happened. Here's how that conversation went:

"Hello, this is Michelle from Dr. So and So's office and I was just calling to confirm your child's appt. at...............................And we're having an earthquake right now".


And I hung up on them.

There are no limits to my professional abilities people. No limits.


I've lived in CA my entire life and I'm just never prepared these things.

Hate. Earthquakes.


1:00 p.m. Update-the earthquake was just downgraded from a 5.8 to a 5.4. And the epicenter was located 7 miles underground, meaning it really wouldn't feel like much more than a 5.0. So there is a slight possibility that I over reacted. Slight.

I think it scared me mostly because I sit in front of some very large glass windows and they rattled pretty hard and I was afraid they would shatter all over me. I was ready to get the heck out of Dodge, if you know what I mean, while some of my co-workers didn't seem to be phased by it too much.

And no, Tracy, there was no damage or injuries reported, aside from some grocery stores losing some items off of their shelves nearer to the epicenter.


Tracy said...

Wow, that's a pretty big one huh? Any damage?

Bella's momma said...

I am glad you are okay~ so scary!

dmbonilla said...

I will never forget your phone message to that person you were trying to leave a message for.. ever..hysterical... im glad you were there with me today!

OH MY #6 said...

Love the fact that you sit in front of large glass windows if you didn't live where u do!

that scary! Glad all is OK!

big HUGE huge my friend.


Kayce said...

I was having lunch with Stephanie in Sacramento when it happened...glad you're okay. HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Oh my...that is too scary. I was watching the Today show today and thought about this post. My computer died on me in the middle of my comment last night.

Holy cow...glad you are ok.

Donna said...

When I was a kid (growing up in Calif), I used to ride through earthquakes hoping they'd shake our house off it's foundation and we'd slide down the hill! I thought that would be so COOL! Then I grew up and had kids and my attitude changed completely.

As a public servant (county employee, deputy sheriff), we're trained to manage huge numbers of people in the event of "The Big One". The training has been scary (all roads unpassable) but also somewhat comforting. For example, you should know that any earthquake that you can still walk around during is not severe enough to make your home/workplace collapse. So, as you're running for the doorway or closet, remind yourself that since you can do this, you're okay.

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Rosie said...

Oh Gosh.Can you believe we had one at 6.5 in the UK this year and the house shook!!! In the UK we have a big one every hundred years!! We get little ones though.
I wouldn't like to live in an earthquake zone..scary! The weather is lovely though!!!
Glad to hear you are ok.

M3 said...

No over-reaction, that is a big one! We had one a little smaller than that last year and it scared the crap out of me.