Happy Anniversary!

One hundred and five years ago today, San Francisco suffered a devastating earthquake.

What the quake didn’t destroy, the subsequent fires did.

Each year, people gather at Lotta’s Fountain at 5:12am to remember.

I guess Mother Earth decided to add her own fireworks to the remembrance:

It came on with a loud thump, it almost felt like a truck ran into the house. The Good Man shouted “doorframe, honey!” and I found one quick.

Once it was over, with hands shaking and heart thumping, I recalled the video I saw of the recent earthquake in Japan where it just kept going and going. I can’t even begin to imagine. The few seconds duration I just experienced seemed almost intolerable.

All are well in the house of The Good Man. The Feline slept through it. The fish are non-plussed. The boy hardly flinched. The girl is a little on edge, but will get through it.

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  • Ephraim F. Moya


    We lived through the San Fernando quake (6.6) in ’71 and the Northridge quake (6.7) in ’94. Our house was destroyed in ’72 but only slightly damaged in ’94 even though our house was closer to the epicenter.

    It is a VERY good idea to prepare BEFORE a quake happens. It is not true that you’ll need extra food. It is true that you’ll need a flashlight with plenty of extra batteries plus candles. In ’94 we had to live without electricity for 7 or 8 days so NOTHING worked. No TV, radio, fridge, washer, dryer, lights, phones, etc. One could always find an open store somewhere to buy food and necessities.

    We used to say that “A 5 will impress you, a 6 will hurt you and a 7 will kill you”.

    It is a VERY good idea for you and your husband to get together afterwards if you can. It’ll take a 7 to keep you apart. It won’t do either of you any good if you go to his place of work and he goes to your place of work. PLAN !


  • Anji

    Good to hear you’re safe and sound. We get small ones here too but they are usually over before I get to the door. I admire the people of San Francisco for rebuilding their city.

    • Karen Fayeth

      Anji – I don’t think I’ll ever quite get used to earthquakes, not even the small ones. It’s a really powerless feeling.

  • Ur Bro

    I got my first experience with a earthquake in a 5.5 in Manila. I was on the 18th floor, and it was moving a bunch….

    • Karen Fayeth

      Big Bro – ooh, a 5.5 is a pretty good shaker! Our 3.8 was not much more than a teacup rattler, honestly. I’ve been in a 5.1 that went on for some time (rolling waves). Not really what I’d call fun.

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