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  • Myles Shin

Today I Experienced a 6.6 Earthquake


First off, let me just say, whoa. This was the first earthquake I have felt in a couple years and was pretty scary. The epicenter was nearby Searles Valley, which is some distance away from me, but I still the earthquake was still really strong. A 6.6 is pretty big. To put that into perspective, the Northridge Earthquake in the 1990s was a 6.7 and it devastated all of Northridge. The only reason why this one wasn't nearly as bad was because it was further away. It happened around 10:30 AM and I woke up just thirty minutes before. I got up, and sat on the couch scrolling through my phone getting up to date on all of the news.

All of a sudden, my couch started to jiggle, like a water bed. At first, I thought my body was twitching from being sore or something, but as I concentrated more intensely, I realized it had to be an earthquake. I looked over to my dining table and saw the chandelier swaying back and forth. The earthquake did not seem very severe, but it was worry some. What if the Big One was going to come after? The day before I had a conversation with my friend how we are over ten years overdue for a large earthquake in California. It got me to think about what I would do if there was a big earthquake and if I was prepared for one. The answer to that is no. I am not prepared. But this was an eye-opener and I will be ready for the next big earthquake.