It’s Throwback Thursday, earthquake app and I’m throwing it back to 1994. But first, I’ve noticed a pattern. My anxiety over Los Angeles disaster scenarios has to lead to my most thorough and useful blog posts so far. For example earthquake app, see my posts about the California drought, or the possibility of a nuclear attack in Long Beach.
I didn’t intend my personal blog to be a Los Angeles disaster blog, but I suppose Los Angeles disasters have been an interesting topic to me ever since I was nine years old Monday, January 17th 1994 when the Northridge earthquake app did 20 billion dollars of damage and knocked my city down.
The Northridge earthquake was a 6.7 tumbler that luckily hit around 4:30am, so no one was using the malls that collapsed or freeway overpasses that fell. It could have been a lot worse. Unlike how you might imagine earthquakes, the shaking in ’94 didn’t start subtly and then gradually become more intense — earthquake app instead the quake wave hit all at once, very powerfully, and then gradually diminished.
The night before, I happened to fall asleep in my Mom’s room. We usually watched the Discovery Channel together on Sunday nights.
When the first quake wave hit I woke up about a foot in the air above my Mom’s bed.
My Mom was woken up first and didn’t waste a second launching me up with one arm locked around my waist pulling me onto my feet toward the bathroom door frame next to her bed while tables fell over and the earthquake app ceiling and walls cracked above us. The shaking lasted for just under a minute. There were two more 6.0 aftershocks that followed. These were less forceful, and more prolonged. It felt like the house was “rolling on rails” if you can imagine that.
When daylight came an hour or two later, I learned why brick and cinderblock structures are bad ideas in earthquake-prone earthquake app areas like Los Angeles. Every chimney on my block became a pile of bricks on the ground. Even the wooden houses at minimum had visible cracking.
So, I don’t think there’s such thing as “over preparing” when it comes to earthquakes.
I’ve lived through a big one and no one can convince me it’s not worth being prepared. You can’t predict when big earthquakes earthquake app will hit. What you can do is prepare. It’s been 21 years since the Northridge earthquake. Below are the steps I, a SoCal native, have personally taken in my home to prepare for the next “big one.”
What to do before the shaking starts:
Keep all of your emergency supplies in a single, easily accessible place, near your bed. A duffle bag or small cardboard box should work. You don’t want to be searching for these items when you need them, especially since the contents of drawers and cabinets might be strewn on the floor after a quake.
Earthquake Kit Contents:
Flashlight + extra batteries (If it’s nighttime when the shaking starts, this will be your only source of light until morning. Do not earthquake app use candles because of gas leaks. LED’s are cheap, bright, and use the least battery life).