Have you ever felt an earthquake and what did you do?

@stary1 (6622)
United States
April 28, 2011 4:16am CST
I live in California and have experienced several. Years ago, I used to stand in a doorway because that is what we were told to do. Later I read never do that because the door can swing and hit you. It is my understanding that we should get under a heavy desk/table and wait. If in bed you should stay there and definitely not run outside because something could fall on you. Of course if you stay inside something can fall on you too..so one needs to get under a heavy sturdy object. Do you live in an earthquake prone area?? Do you have supplies on hand to survive on your own with no outside help for few days?? Do you have a flashlight, batteries, radio, etc like they tell you to be prepared. We didn't until a few years ago. Now I am prepared and hope others are as well. I'd like to hear how others cope. Earthquakes are scary and maybe we can help each other. The initial earthquake frightens me but waiting for the aftershocks is very unnerving. One doesn't know if that was the main quake or a precursor to the 'big one'
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Apr 11
I have been through the Northridge and Sylmar quakes, and here is my blog about my experiences: http://rddcn.multiply.com/journal/item/59/Earthquake_Stories
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@sacmom (14316)
• United States
1 May 11
Wow, you felt Loma Prieta all the way where you were at? I felt it too, but I had been a lot closer than that.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 11
I felt a very, very gentle tremor. I thought it was a small, local quake, but it was exactly at the time that Loma Prieta happened.
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 May 11
Thanks Dawn, I'm going to read your experiences. ..yes Californians know earthquakes. Still, I'd rather take my chances with an earthquake than a tornado or hurricane.
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@bunnybon7 (35867)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Apr 11
yes i was in Concord when the big one came that killed a lot of people with the freeway collapse and all of that. i had went to my second job and at first i thought i was just dizzy from the exhaustion i was having. it was very frightening when i found out the earth was shaking, and the phone lines were down so i couldnt check on my sons. anyway, i moved away 2 weeks later. never to return to that horrible state!!
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@sacmom (14316)
• United States
1 May 11
My mom was absolutely terrified of that freeway. I don't think she ever let my dad drive on it when I was growing up...
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
28 Apr 11
I don't live in an area that has experience many earthquakes, (I think only 2 have been felt in over forty years) and one of them I felt when I was a teenager, but because I never felt one before,I had no idea what it was. I remember I was in my bedroom and a sound like a huge semi, (I grew up in a small suburban neighborhood where nothing bigger than the delivery truck goes) and I felt a little shaking I thought was from the truck, but when I looked out my window, there wasn't a car in site..Later on I heard it was a minor earthquake.. Now I have learned that I am located just north of the New Madrid fault I found a site to prepare before, during, and after an earthquake. I hope this answers your questions: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/prepare/
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
1 May 11
Thanks for answering ..wow one more post for you until 10k ..congrats!! That was a good site with helpful info..Thanks for the link.
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• United States
1 May 11
Wow, that goes to show you how much I pay attention to my numbers or star, it takes my friends to point it out.. That is one big number, not that it was my goal, but it is pretty impressive.. You're welcome about the link, I found it very helpful..:)
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
2 May 11
Yes 10k is indeed impressive. Can I ask how long you have been here? Congrats again!!
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• Italy
29 Apr 11
ho vissuto il terremoto in abruzzo, รจ una esperienza che non auguro a nessuno, troppo terrificante
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
1 May 11
hmmmmmmm..can someone please translate?? Thanks :)
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@sacmom (14316)
• United States
1 May 11
I'll give it a shot. I think they said: "I witnessed the earthquake in Italy, is an experience that does not wish it on anyone, too scary" PS I can't take any credit for this. After all, I got it from an online translator. Happy mylotting!
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 May 11
Thank you that was very nice of you :)
28 Apr 11
Yes, you are right there. Then back in the 1980s, we were advised to stand in the doorways. Maybe it was because they thought structurally doorways were stronger. Not anymore. My experience was in Taichung in Taiwan in 1980.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
1 May 11
I almost laugh when I think how foolish I was to stand in the doorway and risk being slamed by the door...well I did say 'almost' :) I don't remember Taichung in 1980..
@bagarad (11776)
• Paso Robles, California
23 Aug 11
When we had our big earthquake here in 2003, it was a couple of days before I cold get upstairs to enter my room because of all that had fallen on both sides of the door, which was closed. I've been so freaked out since then that when the door was removed to let me in, I've never put it back on. For that reason, I feel safe standing in that doorway, since there is no door to swing anymore.
• Philippines
28 Apr 11
I live in the Philippines and our country is in the Pacific Ring of Fire where earthquakes are common. The agency in our government who's the authority on earthquakes and volcanic activity said that we actually experience small earthquakes everyday, we just don't feel them because they're too faint. Anyway, there was one time when I was a kid when there was a huge earthquake. I can't remember much but what we did was go under the table, and I went under a chair (the chair was tall enough and I was small then). Later on, I've experienced intensity 3 earthquakes. One was in bed one evening and what I did was I did not move. I didn't know back then that it was also appropriate to put a pillow on the head to protect oneself from any falling objects. Another one was in school. I was just sitting and I suddenly felt moving sideways. It lasted only a few seconds so I didn't do anything. Last month, we also felt another earthquake. I was doing paperworks on the table at home and I felt moving sideways. I was watching the TV with my mom and I didn't want to scare her (earthquakes are one of her major fears). I wasn't sure if it was an earthquake so I looked at the mini chandelier to see if it's swaying, and it was. My mom asked what's the matter. She knows that I do it but I just said I was looking at the clock. It lasted only a few seconds so we really didn't do anything. A short while after, it was on the news. After the Japan earthquake, the only thing we've done to prepare is learn what to do during earthquakes. We also bring with us a whistle all the time in case there's an earthquake, God forbid, and we get trapped somewhere. It's also wise to bring along a flashlight.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
30 Apr 11
Thank you for sharing. Interesting..I have never heard of having a whistle with you at all times but what an excellent idea.
@iklananda (1204)
28 Apr 11
Earthquake in my area is very short and not very dangerous. it's only 1 - 2 minutes and max 7 richter. I just go out from the house or hide under the desk if necesary
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
28 Apr 11
Thank you for your input. I hope you meant 1 to 2 seconds not minutes??? One minute in an earthquake can feel like much much longer :o
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
28 Apr 11
oops I sent too soon..You said SEVEN on the Richter scale?? That is huge..are they deep underground??
@Judewang (93)
• Malaysia
29 Apr 11
I had one experience when I was studying in Chisan, Kaohsiung. At that time, we were sleeping. When the earthquake came, our bed started to shake for about 3 minutes. But at that that time I didn't realize that it was an earthquake so I wasn't as afraid as the others. I only awoke to the fear when my Taiwanese started to jump from his bed about a minute later told everyone to get out of the building.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 May 11
It's especially creepy when they happen at night. It's hard to organize your thoughts to realize it's an earthquake. Glad you are ok :)
@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
29 Apr 11
Earthquakes, already several times, I feel. I always hide under the table, if it is not possible to get out. When the earthquake hit where I live, I hit a falling tile. At that time, I was very panicked, because the very strong earthquake, and my son is still very small. Luckily I did not experience severe injuries. And we all survived.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 May 11
I am glad you and your son are ok. I always went straight to my daughters room as soon as a quake started. They are no fun at all!!
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
29 Apr 11
Yes, I have felt earthquakes a few times in my life! Even now I think I feel earthquakes at night, even though I am now living in a country that very seldom get them! I think the fear of earthquakes has been ingrained in me!
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 May 11
Well certainly they can be very frightening.
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
29 Apr 11
Yes, I have felt a few earthquakes in my life and the fear is so ingrained inside me now that I even feel earthquakes at night, even though I live in a country that never has them! I think that earthquakes are very scary indeed!
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
3 May 11
They are scary and after they are over we still don't know if another will soon be coming:(
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
29 Apr 11
Oddly enough, I have never felt an earthquake in my nineteen years of existence. And I'm living in one of those countries that belong in the Ring Of Fire, the ones that experience earthquakes the most.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
3 May 11
I hope you continue to not feel earthquakes :)
@SIMPLYD (78616)
• Philippines
29 Apr 11
Here in our province, earthquakes are just mild. They seldom occur too. Sometimes, in the middle of our sleep, we could feel an earthquake. If it is just mild, we just wait for it to subside, because it usually happens in less than a minute. But if it becomes strong, then we go out of our house. Thank God, we haven't experienced an earthquake that strong yet.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
1 May 11
The little ones that are over almost before you know what is happening are ok and actually very interesting. It's the bigger ones that scare me.
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Apr 11
Hi sary1 I am sitting here wondering if the admins here at Gold Crest have supplies on hand in case of a bad earth quake.we have had three minor ones here about 3 or 4 and outside of that queasy feeling I wasnot really scared. the 4 one lasted more than a minute and that made me nervous. I was trying to take my blood sugarreading and the bed was moving. oh by rhe way I am in California too Garden Grove. I was told that you were safer back a few feet from the door way as the arch over the door sometimes fell down on people. under a heavy desk like mine is the best place. b ut never run outside as signs and other stuff can fall on you.I understand you should have an led flashlight and a spare pair of shoes plus food and water and package of matches too.also some special blankets. we have nothing like that in my room save I do have an led flashlight
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
1 May 11
An led flashlight is good as are the sturdy shoes! Oh great :( I had not heard the arch falling..well no more standing under doors for me!
• Philippines
29 Apr 11
I haven't experience a wild earthquake. It's a good thing. hahaha. of coure it is. Maybe a bit of the ground shaking.. just a bit. Not as scary as I need to hide under the table or something like that. Also, I'm not really sure if we live in an earthquake prone are. I guess it's "maybe". Not really sure about that.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
1 May 11
Yes congratulations you haven't experienced an earthquake..hope you never do :) or if you do hope it is a tiny one.
• Philippines
29 Apr 11
I am lucky to live in a not earthquake-prone location. Somehow, I have experienced earthquakes three times in my life already. Those are just mild earthquakes. The chair, tables, walls, ceiling are rocking on their own mildly. The last earthquake I've experienced was just last month. I was alone in the house, it's just mild earthquake but I was really scared! I remembered what happened to Japan and I was really scared because I was alone at home. I don't know what I will do if the earthquake will get stronger. Fortunately, it stopped. It was just like 10 seconds and it's just mild.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
1 May 11
Thank you. Even 10 seconds seems long in an Earthquake. I can not imagine one that lasts for a minute or more. I have been alone when a quake hit too..and that is more scary. I feel better when there is someone else around and then you have someone with whom to share your feelings after the shaking stops.
@aprilsong (1886)
• China
29 Apr 11
Hi,first, thanks for your information about how to do in the case of an earthquake, it is really helpful. second, thank god, i am not living in a earthquake prone place. but i did experience one big one when i was only two years old. of course, i can't remember anything. i just heard it from my mother. I think since the natural disasters, including earthquakes are more and more in recent years, everyone of us should know enough knowledge about what should do in the time of an earthquake. i wish i can hear more knowledge from other mylotters.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
1 May 11
Thanks ..good thing you were only 2 and can't remember it..they are nooooooooo fun.
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
28 Apr 11
I was at work and we felt one. All the windows rattled and a few people screamed...We thought someone had hit our building with a car at first. But, earthquakes are not common here so we were shocked but everything survived. It was the talk of the town for the rest of the day but thats about it.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
29 Apr 11
Thanks, It's unnerving especially when you are not sure what happened. Glad everything turned out ok and I hope you don't have any more :)
• India
28 Apr 11
Yeah!! I felt it last month in Delhi (India). It was around 4.5 or something on Richter scale. It was felt some weeks after the disastrous quake in Japan so I scared a little.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
29 Apr 11
It's hard not to be scared in an earthquake and it probably helps keep you safe since you look to protect yourself. Thank you.
• Philippines
28 Apr 11
I do not have any major earthquake scary experiences I am more concerned about tsunami, since our city is located in the bay area what happened to Japan was something to be scared of who could stop it what precautions run to the highest peak and watch the devastation.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
29 Apr 11
YES! Tsunamis would terrify me. I can not imagine a 10 to 30 foot wall coming toward me! I'd certainly run as fast as I could to higher ground, praying all the way. Those who get warnings are luckier. Thanks for the info.