duck and cover

There was an earthquake here today. I had just gotten home from the grocery store, and I was putting away groceries and talking to Peter about powder coating when there was a loud noise and shaking. I threw myself in front of the china closet to protect the Fire King. Peter yelled, “Put your whole body in front of it!” The rolling went on for quite a bit, and afterwards I felt a little seasick. Our power went out, and the phone lines went dead, but other than that, we had no real damage. Here are some casualties on my desk:
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The blue meanie went down! And so did the Tofu Head man:
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Seriously, though, it was pretty freaky. A lot of chimneys in the neighborhood came crashing down, and one of the historic buildings in our little downtown area collapsed, killing two people. We walked downtown to check out the scene, and it was pretty wild. There were bricks smashed on the ground everywhere, and many of the streets were cordoned off. Here’s a shot of the building that came down:
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This is what it used to look like (it’s from a different angle):
It’s weird to think you could just be walking down the street drinking a latte and window shopping, only to have a building collapse on you. The earthquake was a 6.5. It was centered closer to where the Hedster lives (no, she does NOT live in Hearst Castle), but luckily it did little damage to her house (but the yarn store closed for the day).
Thanks to everyone who wrote and expressed their concern. I really appreciate it!

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21 Responses to duck and cover

  1. Marielle says:

    So glad to hear you’re okay! We felt the earthquake in Los Angeles, and friends in the Bay Area did too, which made me think it was absolutely enormous.

  2. alison says:

    Mariko! I’m glad you (and your Fire-King) are OK. Earthquakes are very freaky. There was a semi-big one (a 6-ish) here in Taiwan just a month after we got here, and it really freaked me out. Every time there’s a minor one, you think, “Is this a big one?” Terrifying. How sad that that old building came down, too.
    I love your cute pink spotted bag! And the action-knitting shot. Hilarious.

  3. gwen says:

    hey! glad to hear that you all, and the fire king, made it through the quake.
    being away from friends and family still in cali, whenever i hear a news report about a quake…

  4. Rob says:

    SOOOOOOOOO glad to hear you’re fine (but shaken–pun intended). When I saw that the quake was in Paso Robles, I knew we had someone out there….and I was rather worried when I saw it was you (cuz I don’t want you harmed!).
    Hang in there, kiddo. And the Fuzzy Wuzzy Candy Scarf is nearing completion!

  5. Silvia says:

    I’m soooo glad you and Peter are fine! Did your poochie warn you it was coming? Was in Long Beach and didn’t feel a thing, drove up home and the first I heard of it was in your neck of the woods, yikes. Take care and put your feet up.

  6. Lisa says:

    What scary photos of downtown. I’m glad you are fine, erm, only shaken up. I read it was “only” a minute long, but I bet it was an extremely long minute.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Good to hear you are OK. Lots of earthquakes in the Tokyo area since I moved here in July. It freaks me out every time. Once I was in a department store, and the shelves started swaying back and forth, and the clerks kept ringing people up and carrying on with business. I was like, “Get me out of here!” Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  8. Amy in BC says:

    Glad to hear you and yours were safe from the quake… scary.. Up here outside of Vancouver BC we are an a major fault line. The fear of the big one is here too…
    Something I always seem to get coherced into making is pumpkin cheesecake for Cmas and TG dinners… Yummy and sure to please, email if you want the recipe.

  9. Jessica says:

    As much as I can relate to wanting to protect the Fireking, next time just get under a table!
    Good to know you’re safe and sound.

  10. Taya says:

    Marge! Lupe called to tell us that they were all okay at SLIME. When I found out it was in Paso the first thing I thought of was the HW cabinet full of the King! Thanks for the pictures of downtown — you had better coverage than the Telegram Tribune.

  11. kerrie says:

    What a scary experience that must have been, I’m just glad that you are both OK.
    Hope the holidays improve from here!

  12. Em says:

    I am so glad you’re OK–this is the first I’ve heard of the earthquake (amazing how cave-like my existence can get). I’ve never experienced an earthquake and just the idea makes me feel ooky. Whew.
    Not to trivialize the incident, but hey, you’ve got a Blue Meanie! I’ve got a little squeezy Glove.

  13. Bliss says:

    So glad there was no harm to you and yours…including the Fire-King. Scary though.

  14. greta says:

    so glad you are okay…geeky girl wants to know if you have the quake clay that conservators use in museums to secure pottery to shelves in quake prone areas…cuz i don’t want to see a picture of you in a pile of glass shards under a fallen china hutch….ok ok, end of mama lecture…just worried, ya know? and LOVE the blue meany!

  15. claudia says:

    What you said: “it takes more than a 6.5 to take down Super Eggplant”! Knit on.

  16. June says:

    You survived! Glad you and yours are safe. 6.5 is a big quake!

  17. Amy says:

    I’m glad you’re OK, Mariko. I lived in Palm Springs in ’92 when the Landers quake hit — I’ve never experienced anything quite so scary in my life! We didn’t feel anything here in San Diego.

  18. Joanna says:

    So glad you’re ok! We felt it up here in the Bay Area, but considering how unnerving the mild swaying was to me, I can imagine how scary it must have been there!

  19. Lori says:

    Glad to hear you are ok! Up here (in Manteca) we never felt a thing but the news from your town was so scary…it is so sad that it happened, especially during the holiday season.
    Yours is one blog I try to read daily-I love your wit and insights!

  20. Meg says:

    Thank God you’re all ok! Man alive, I’ll take a kaput ‘fridge to having the earth move under me like that any day! I liked those Kenmore bottom drawer-freezer models, too. Great minds & all, ya know. 🙂 Highly recommend chocolate-covered cherry cake! I’ve got the Chocolate Cake Mix Dr., too. He. Must make something from it next. :->

  21. Susan says:

    Wow, how scary! Glad you guys are okay.

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