Where were you when the earthquake hit?
Tuesday morning at 11:42am the earth shook at a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale. The seismic energy was centered in Chino Hills on the San Andreas Fault in southern California and boy did it scare the living daylights outta me! I was sitting at my thousand pound ALL GLASS table typing away on my computer when everything around me started to shiver! I was pretty much hysterical...kind of embarrassing, I know.
I've lived through tons of earthquakes to know what to do, but for some reason the minute the quake hit I forgot everything you're suppposed to do. My first thought took me back to grade school when they tell you to "duck and cover," but I certainly wasn't going to take cover under a thousand pound glass table. So my next thought was "Run to a doorway." Where? There are no doorways. I work in a flippin' wherehouse! Finally, my boss, who has never been in an earthquake before says "Run outside. Hurry!" My heart was racing. I ran after him, nearly in tears as we hurried out the door. Huge pieces of tile were shaking off our shelves and a few models dropped to the floor.
When we made it outside there were just a few seconds left to watch the windows shake and the earth finally come to a hault. My heart was still racing from the excitement as we joined the rest of our colleagues. We had a few moments of laughter as we reminisced about our frantic behavior only moments before and realized we better get back to work. Talk about an exciting day at the office!