I just experienced my first earthquake after living in Los Angeles for about one year. No, not the “Big One” – just a 5.4. Just strong enough to get my attention. Mrs. Fencepost and I are both unhurt, and none of our stuff is damaged that we know about. 🙂
Some minor injuries have been reported, and the building inspectors are out responding to complaints of possible structural damage. There have been more than 20 aftershocks, but I haven’t felt any of them.
Local authorities are referring to this earthquake as a “wake up call.” People who, like me, are new to Southern California and did not previously know what to expect in this situation, are thinking about their state of preparedness and what needs to improve. Here are a few thoughts and observations based on my experience.