This morning my family was shaken up upon awakening just before 6:30 a.m. in more ways than one. That's when an earthquake rated 4.4 on the Richter Magnitude Scale rattled us and millions of other sleepy metro Los Angeles residents out of a deep sleep.
Take a look at this early local L.A. morning TV newscast as the shaking began and then subsided...
In actuality, this was a relatively small shaker compared to other much bigger ones I've experienced having lived in Southern California for decades. Still, because the epic center this time was so close to where my family lives, it felt quite strong to us. In fact, the shaking jolt which lasted what seemed like about 12 seconds was powerful enough to cause a shelf in our home to collapse. Luckily no one was hurt and my handy hubby fixed the damage this evening.
Nevertheless, as much as I tried to remain calm while it was happening, I have to admit that I was momentarily frightened -- not unlike the KTLA-TV anchors that were on-air when the tremors caught them by surprise during their morning broadcast.
The newscasters dived instinctively under their desk. Had this been a major earthquake with lots of damage and injuries, I'm not sure what I would have done or how I would have reacted.
It got me thinking. Today was really a literal wake up call to everyone who lives here in earthquake country. Now is the time for a refresher course for us parents to prepare our homes and review with our kids about exactly what to do in case of a widespread seismological disaster in the Southland in the future.
What to do before, during and after an Earthquake
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