[At 11:42 AM] a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook large parts of Southern California, shaking a wide swath from Ventura County to San Diego. It was centered near Chino Hills, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no reports of major damage or injuries
This was my first earthquake.
I was sitting in the lobby of Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills when I felt my seat start moving back and forth beneath me. I looked up and the flower arrangement was waving erratically. The concierge started yelling, “It’s an earthquake!” None of us moved, we simply rode out the waves together remaining in our seats. Strange. I wasn’t frightened. I was simply shocked!
Seemed like it lasted at least 30 seconds. About 30 aftershocks have been reported and are still occurring.
All the news stations in LA are reminding locals to have their Earthquake Kits ready. Earthquake Kit? Good idea! Here’s a great list from the San Francisco Chronicle:
- Water and food to last at least three days
- Water purification tablets
- Heavy-duty gloves
- A first-aid kit
- A minimum of $100 in cash (automated teller machines and banks may be shut down following a quake)
- Family photos and descriptions (to aid emergency personnel in finding missing people)
- A flashlight and portable (or solar-powered) radio
- Extra batteries
- Goggles and dust mask
- A personal commode with sanitary bags
Ryan and I have emergency water stored in our cars as well as blankets, but not money and certainly not dust masks! Gotta get on that.