Hard to believe its only been a week and a half since the La Habra earthquake here in S. CA. I'm guessing it didn't make big news outside of our local area because it was only magnitude 5.1. My thinking exactly... my wife and I were spending the weekend out in the desert near Joshua Tree at the time the quake hit. I could feel that we had an earthquake, so I turned on the news and soon learned the epicenter was in La Habra (right next to our house in NW Fullerton... yikes!!). Then I learned it was only 5.1, so no worries, right? Wrong!! My big learning from this experience is that even small or moderate quakes can produce significant damage if you are unlucky enough to be right on top of the epicenter!
When we returned home, we were shocked. Opening the garage door, there was stuff all over the floor that had fallen off the walls and shelves. Lots of clean up required before we could park in the garage again! Here's what my office looked like.
OK, so I admit I don't keep my office super-clean and organized, but it never looks this bad! Even my computer monitor was face down on my desk. A large picture frame had fallen off the wall and landed right in my chair! Here's what my sons old bedroom (now a spare bedroom) looked like. That's a big, heavy chest of drawers that came down. I'm still amazed it fell over, and I can't imagine the amount of rocking and rolling that must have occurred to bring this big guy down! Thank goodness we weren't home!!
Lots of broken dishes and glass throughout the house. Every room had broken items. We have some fireplace damage (thankfully not major damage, although a number of homes in our neighborhood had major damage) and even the fireplace mantle pull away from the wall. Oh, and lots of drywall cracks throughout the house. Bottom line: No injuries, everything can be cleaned up and fixed or repaired, so I feel fortunate. However, even here in beautiful S. CA we have our problems. Most of us don't have to deal with polar vortex winters, frequent snow dumps, hurricanes or tornadoes. But we DO have to deal with earthquakes, wildfires, ridiculously crowded highways, and a high cost of living. So I guess it's a trade-off, right? No better or worse than anyplace else. Pick your poison!
Hope you're having a good week. Thanks for stopping by!