4 am. Dead asleep. BAM. All of a sudden you are in a salt shaker that has no salt in it. You just literally are shaking back and forth really fast.
It's no big deal . . . but your first thought is "Where is the epicenter?" So you turn on any news you can find at 4 AM, literally none because nobody is on the air until 4:30, so when you do find someone on - they are bleary eyed and no make-up and it's nice to see them just normal for once! :)
And when you find out how big it was and where it epicentered, you either panic or breathe a sigh of relief.
ABC 7 reported . . .
"PICO RIVERA, Calif. (KABC) -- A 4.4-mag. earthquake struck the Southland at 4:04 a.m., with the epicenter located in Pico Rivera. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.The depth of the earthquake was 11.7 miles.
ABC7 received calls from residents in cities across the Southland who felt the quake, including La Habra, Watts, Lynwood, Pomona, Buena Park, La Verne, Apple Valley, Palmdale, Sun City, Norwalk, Chino, Brea, West Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Clarita and Yucaipa.
Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton said there are a lot of magnitude 4.4 earthquakes, but they're not quakes that we talk about all the time because they tend to happen in areas that are not very populated.
"Probably the best way to view it is that it's an earthquake drill. It reminds you to get your stuff together and your plan and make sure everything is kosher in case we have a bigger one one day," she said.
Hutton described the quake as a thrust earthquake. "That just means that one side of the fault slid up over the other." "
This morning, thankfully - it was a sigh of relief.
What happens to your house during one of these little shake, rattle and roll sessions? Well, in mine -
This - every single time! All the drawers in my bookcases in our bedroom roll open.
I gotta fix this somehow!
All is well, just a little eye-opener for those of us who live here that we need to be prepared.
Just another day in California!