My first Big Bear Lake Earthquake
I have lived in California now for 14 years and I don’t think I felt an Earthquake ever, maybe a tremor. But today, 7/5/2014 I felt a 4.7 Big Bear Lake Earthquake! It was not scarey but gave me a high sense of anxiety. Hard to explain the feeling, it just continue to grow but it felt very slow. I did nothing but sat at my desk (stopped working) and looked out at Bear Mountain. My lamps on my desk rocked, the house creaked, my home is on a concrete foundation and I could feel it move under my feet. The outside door is literally 5 feet from desk and I did not move instead just sat there, my wife upstairs in the kitchen, yelled “Get on the floor! next to your desk” I did not, I just sat there looking outside wondering when it would stop.
My neighbors were sitting on their deck with their children and were yelling “WOO-HOOO”, and were smiling. The deck sits above their garage so I guess the worst is they could have fallen straight down 8 feet if the room collapsed. I was not so excited but more like a deer in the headlights. Pretty embarrassing, I guess I need to go through some training and actual role-playing.
I am from Michigan and all my friends say “are you not scared?”, “when you moving back?”…… I have one answer, look at the picture from my desk today after we had a FLASH FLOOD WARNING and a 4.7 Earthquake today in Big Bear Lake. My answer – “I am never leaving California!”
I still love you Michigan but my heart is here.